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When: 6 to 9 PM
Where: City Winery in Manhattan

We hope that you can join us for this milestone to support NYPIRG, reconnect with friends and colleagues from years past, and get involved with our urgent issues and campaigns.

We are excited to be honoring renowned author and activist Jane Fonda, who will be attending the NYPIRG 50th Anniversary Celebration in person, along with her fellow honorees and NYPIRG Changemaker Award recipients Camille Rivera (Partner at New Deal Strategies), Martin Brennan (State Director for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer), New York State Senator Liz Krueger, and David R. Jones (President and Chief Executive Officer at Community Service Society of New York).

Please visit to register for the event and order tickets, commemorative journal ads, and/or sponsorship packages. Here are the event details:

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Here at NYPIRG, we are extremely proud and excited to be celebrating our 50 years of victories with this very special event. Your support will be simultaneously honoring NYPIRG’s decades of tireless work for the public interest and giving us the vital financial resources that we need to continue our mission, so please...

Thank you, and we look forward to celebrating with you!
When: 12 PM
Where: Started at West 56th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, proceeded to the United Nations headquarters for a rally

NYPIRG marched to end fossil fuels!

With wildfire smoke choking the air that we breathe, hurricanes and floods threatening our homes, and toxic pollution making us sick, it has never been more urgent to end our dependence on the leading cause of these crises – fossil fuels.

In New York this September, the United Nations gathered world leaders for a first-of-its-kind Climate Ambition Summit to demand that nations stop developing new oil, gas, and coal projects and phase out fossil fuels once and for all. With his recent approvals for mega-polluting fossil fuel projects, President Biden must immediately reverse course to earn his seat at the table. But it will take all of us acting together to make sure that he does!

Thank you for your help!
When: 2 to 4 PM
Where: Coney Island in Brooklyn

NYPIRG staff and students collected over 1,000 pieces of litter to help clean up the beach while also filling out a litter survey to help understand what items are being littered the most in our own communities.

When: 6 to 7 PM
Where: Virtual

When: 1 PM
Where: City Hall in Lower Manhattan
NYPIRG and our coalition partners rallied to demand that Mayor Adams fully implements Local Law 97, New York City's Green New Deal for buildings!

As New Yorkers choke on fumes from Canadian wildfires, Mayor Adams is considering weakening enforcement of the City’s landmark climate law at the behest of the big real estate lobby. Local Law 97 is on track to help New York meet its climate goals while creating tens of thousands of good jobs, cleaning our air, and reducing energy bills.

Unfortunately, the real estate lobby is spending big money on a misinformation campaign to gut the law with weak rules that would delay its enforcement and create massive loopholes for building owners to avoid cutting pollution.

This was a crucial time to make our voices heard!

Co-sponsoring organizations included New York Communities for Change, NYPIRG, TREEage, and Food & Water Watch.

When: Dates and times vary by location.
Where: Albany, the Hudson Valley (virtual), Ithaca, New York City, Rochester & Syracuse

After the New York State budget passed – including a huge environmental victory – NYPIRG and our coalition partners held climate action events to keep the momentum going!

Thanks to your support and many others, New York passed a first-in-the nation law requiring new buildings to be built all-electric. This law will cut climate pollution from buildings, save New Yorkers money on utility bills, improve public health, and create new, green jobs.

Now, with the rest of the 2023 state legislative session scheduled to wrap up in early June, we are fighting to improve environmental protection policies to:

  • Hold corporate climate polluters accountable.
  • Save New Yorkers money.
  • Stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
We held these exciting environmental events to help pass these bills into law:

Tuesday, May 23, 2023: Rally and Lobby Day for NY HEAT Act in Albany

The NY HEAT Act protects New Yorkers from rising energy costs and creates a real plan to replace the gas system with cheaper, cleaner heating and cooling. We held a news conference and lobby day:

  • Tuesday, 5/23/2023
  • 12 PM
  • New York State Capitol Building, 50 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12224

Thursday, May 25, 2023: Regional News Conferences and Rallies for Climate, Jobs & Justice in Albany, the Hudson Valley (virtual), Ithaca, New York City, and Rochester

New York State must pass the Climate, Jobs & Justice Package to rapidly decarbonize New York, make our state healthier and more equitable, ensure a just transition for workers, and create an accessible green economy for all, including passage of the Climate Change Superfund Act to require corporate climate polluters to foot the bill for climate impacts, not taxpayers.

Friday, May 26, 2023: News Conference to Support the Climate Change Superfund Act in New York City

While the oil and gas industry is getting richer on a scale never seen before, the costs to deal with the climate crisis continue to grow. The Climate Change Superfund Act requires the companies most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions to pay for the massive infrastructure improvements and public health protections that the climate crisis demands.

  • Friday, 5/26/2023
  • 10 AM
  • South Street Seaport in Manhattan

Friday, May 26, 2023: News Conference to Support the NY HEAT Act in Syracuse

We held a news conference with local elected officials for the NY HEAT Act:

  • Friday, 5/26/2023
  • 10:30 AM
  • Outside of the State Office Building, 333 East Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Thank you for your help!
When: 12:30 PM
Where: City Hall Park in Manhattan

NYPIRG – along with our coalition partners and college students – rallied to tell Mayor Adams NO CUTS TO CUNY!!! Students need more advisors, mental health services, full-time professors, opportunity programs, and free in-state tuition! No more band-aids and budget cuts!

When: All day
Where: State Capitol in Albany

NYPIRG and Beyond Plastics, in coalition with dozens of other organizations, gathered at the New York State Capitol for a rally and advocacy day to push for the passage of the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (A5322/S4246) and the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (A6353/S237).

When: 11 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: State Capitol in Albany

NYPIRG and our coalition partners lined the halls in Albany to tell the Legislature that we need to KICK FOSSIL FUELS OUT OF BUILDINGS!

The fossil fuel industry is flooding the airwaves and social media with ads full of disinformation meant to scare people from taking climate action. The truth is that fossil fuel use in buildings is getting more costly for our pocketbooks, our health, and for the planet. NYPIRG pushed the Legislature to enact vital new laws to save New Yorkers money, fight childhood asthma, create jobs in clean energy, and slash climate emissions.

When: All Day
Where: State Capitol in Albany

NYPIRG's, the NY Renews coalition, and youth from across the state came together for lobby visits, a rally, and a training in support of the Climate, Jobs & Justice Package, which would make New York State healthier and more equitable, ensure a just transition for workers, and help create a clean-energy economy for all.

When: 3 to 6 PM
Where: CUNY Graduate Center's Proshansky Auditorium in Manhattan

On Friday, September 23, NYPIRG – along with Donald Ross’s family, friends, and colleagues – held an event to celebrate his amazing life. It was a great success, and we had a fantastic time proudly honoring Donald, NYPIRG’s first executive director and a true champion for the public interest. We are pleased to share this event program video featuring the lineup of guest speakers and the tribute video that highlighted Donald’s lifetime of hard, visionary work and the incredible, lasting impact that he had on so many.

Special thanks to everyone who was a part of this wonderful celebration!
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New York debates voting by mail  (WAMC, September 25, 2023)
Gobernadora Hochul promulga paquete legislativo para fortalecer los derechos electorales en Nueva York  (El Diario, September 21, 2023)
A good day for democracy in New York  (The Daily Gazette, September 21, 2023)
END FOSSIL FUELS: Thousands gather in NYC for climate justice rally  (New York Amsterdam News, September 19, 2023)
AOC joins thousands in New York climate change march with furious message for Biden  (Fox News, September 18, 2023)
Cuomo wins another round to protect his multi-million dollar book deal  (WAMC, September 18, 2023)
SU’s Student Association discusses advocacy, plans to improve Title IX  (The Daily Orange, September 18, 2023)
Tens of thousands march to kick off climate summit, demanding end to warming-causing fossil fuels  (NY1, September 17, 2023)
Ethics commission ruled unconstitutional  (My Twin Tiers, September 16, 2023)
N.Y. ethics commission meets for first time since court ruling  (Spectrum News, September 13, 2023)
Future of NYS ethics commission up in the air  (CNY Homepage, September 13, 2023)
Bus to end fossil fuel march in New York City  (Hudson Valley One, September 13, 2023)
Judge strikes down New York state ethics panel  (WXXI, September 11, 2023)
Landlords could get two-year break on Local Law 97 penalties if they demonstrate ‘good faith’ effort to decarbonize  (AM New York, September 12, 2023)
Taking action to avoid climate catastrophe  (WAMC, September 11, 2023)
Suit spurs talk of constitutional ethics change  (Spectrum News, September 11, 2023)
Cuomo Wins Book Lawsuit, Leaving New York’s Ethics Panel in Limbo  (The New York Times, September 11, 2023)
Discussing the threat of climate change  (WXXI News, September 6, 2023)
New York Cigarette Taxes Rise By $1 Per Pack, Highest In Nation  (The Post Journal, September 4, 2023)
New York’s premier college financial aid program is wrapping up its 50th year  (WAMC, September 4, 2023)
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The biblical rains that are devastating parts of the state are fresh evidence that the costs of adapting New York's infrastructure to the world climate’s "new abnormal" will be staggering. Legislation -- approved by the Senate (S.2129A) -- would require the largest oil companies to help pick up the tab and do it in a manner that will stop them from passing the costs on to consumers. Read NYPIRG's statement on downstate's devastating floods.
Advocates and Business call on Governor Hochul and DEC to release grant funds to struggling Bottle Redemption Businesses
Thousands Join March to End Fossil Fuels, Demand Biden Declare Climate Emergency & Phase Out Plan
NYers face hundreds of millions of dollars in climate costs while big oil racks up huge profits, nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars over past 30 months
NYPIRG 50th Anniversary, Celebrating Five Decades of Victories and College Student Empowerment, Will Be Held on October 13th in NYC – Author and Activist Jane Fonda, Community Service Society's David Jones, State Senator Liz Krueger, U.S. Sen. Schumer's State Director Martin Brennan, and New Deal Strategies' Camille Rivera to Receive NYPIRG's "Changemaker" Awards
New York’s “New Normal” Not Normal at All: Frequent Climate Disasters, Staggering Costs — Governor Hochul Leaves New Yorkers on the Financial Hook for Billions of Dollars in Climate Damages and Extreme Weather Emergency Preparedness While Letting Big Oil off the Hook
NYPIRG Has Updated Its 2023 Legislative Session Review, Including the New York State Assembly Actions
With New York Budget Deficits Growing and Climate Costs Soaring, Will the Assembly Make Big Oil Pick Up the Tab? NYPIRG Urges Assembly to Pass Climate Change Superfund Act
Tale of the Tape: NYPIRG's 2023 Legislative Review – The number of bills that passed in the Senate increased, while that number decreased in the Assembly. The Governor's use of emergency "messages of necessity" continues to move upward.
Congressmen Goldman and Nadler joined with NYS legislators, NYPIRG and other advocates to call on Albany leadership to make corporate climate polluters pay
Video – Disinformation: The Fossil Fuel Industry's Campaign to Undermine New York's Climate Act
VICTORY! NYPIRG Celebrates First in the Nation Law to Electrify New Buildings
Statement: NYPIRG Reacts to Gov Hochul Leaving Climate Change Superfund Out of the Budget
As Albany Negotiates a State Budget, NYC College Students Call for Free and Reduced Price Transit Fares for Education Access
Faith Leaders, Environmentalists, Senators: New York Needs to Show The Nation How to Tackle Climate Catastrophe - Groups Urge Albany Lawmakers to Include Green Power, Big Oil Superfund in Final Budget
NYPIRG REACTS TO ONE-HOUSE BUDGET BILLS – This week, both houses released their "one house" budget bills. Now lawmakers' attention will turn to negotiating differences. Here are key policy areas where NYPIRG has advocated and for which the Governor, the Senate, and the Assembly have established budget positions.
Release: New York’s Tobacco Control Efforts are “Up In Smoke” Due to Shrinking State Support
Report: Up In Smoke: Billions from Tobacco Use, Pennies for New York’s Tobacco Control
REPORT: Rebuild by Design releases the report “Atlas of Disaster: New York State” that identifies the impacts of recent climate disasters across New York State at the county level, for the years 2011-2021.
Top Big Oil Corporations Announce Record $215 Billion 2022 Profits – New Yorkers Tell Albany Leaders: Make Climate Polluters Pay!
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