March 31, 2007

Bigger, Better Bottle Bill

Posted in Garden at 8:26 pm by carol

Bigger, Better Bottle Bill

It’s time for us to do our part; come on it will not hurt a bit!

As you may or may not know NY Gov. Spitzer proposed an increase in the allocation of funds for the Environmental Protection Fund to $250 million in FY 07-08. This will provide additional funding for NY’s land trusts, NYS Conservation Partnership grant program, as well as others. But this is contingent on the budgets inclusion of the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which updates the existing law by including non carbonated beverages as well (water, Snapple, etc.) And providing that the funds revert back to the EPF, currently the bottlers and distributors keep it for themselves.

The Assembly agrees with the Governor that the updated bottle bill should be included in the budget but, the Senate does not. Without it, the increases for land trust grants and many other environmental programs will be in grave jeopardy.

We need to immediately urge the Senate to support the updated bottle bill!!

Please help now by calling your Senators Today!!!

Some of Manhattans Senators’ are;

Senator Martin Connor

212- 289- 5565

518- 455- 2625

Senator Bill Perkins

212-222-7315
528-455-2471

Senator Jose Serrano
212-828-5829

518-455-2795    Did you know that in all of Manhattan there are only 14 CommunityGardens!!  With out this funding we cannot buy lots and convert them into community gardens, for all to enjoy. There are simply not enough green spaces for people to go to.

If you are not in Manhattan please call your local Senator.

Its just one phone call…..

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