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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Supervisor Romaine Joins Sierra Club Asking Governor to Reduce Motor Vehicle Emissions 55% by 2035

Supervisor Ed Romaine meeting with Jessica Enzmann and Charles Bevington

Farmingville, NY - On November 1, Supervisor Ed Romaine (seated) met with Jessica Enzmann (left) and Charles Bevington (right) from the Sierra Club to sign their statewide petition asking New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to adopt an interim target to reduce climate emissions from motor vehicles 55% by 2035. According to the Sierra Club, “achieving a 55% reduction would provide massive benefits to New York.”

From making electric powered motor vehicles more affordable to improving and expanding public transit, communities across the state would realize billions of dollars in public health, environmental and economic benefits, while benefiting communities that are overburdened by air pollution. Adoption of the interim target in Gov. Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address would ensure that New York is on track to meet its 2050 net-zero emission commitments outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act passed this summer. Net zero is attained when carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are reduced 100% to zero.

In December 2019, Sierra Club, along with partners, will host a multiday relay using multiple modes of clean transportation to hand deliver the 55% by 2035 petition at the “finish line”: Governor Cuomo’s Albany office. The event will bring supporters from across the state to Albany on December 12.

Supervisor Romaine said, “When I announced my Green Energy Initiative in 2015, I called for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from Town operations by the end of 2020. We are well on our way to achieving that goal and I hope the Governor will join me and the Sierra Club to follow through on our call to action and commit to ‘55% by 2035.’ It will be a major step to preserving the environment for future generations.”

“Despite releasing the nation’s most ambitious climate legislation this summer, Governor Cuomo has yet to commit to any target for reducing emissions from transportation,” said Jessica Enzmann, Long Island organizer with the Sierra Club. "We need a bold and achievable commitment - such as 55% emissions by 2035 - to reduce pollution and improve air quality and public health for all New Yorkers."

The Town of Brookhaven and the Sierra Club to hold a Press Conference on December 9

On December 9 at 11:30 am at the Stony Brook LIRR Station, a press event will be held in partnership with the Sierra Club and Town of Brookhaven to highlight the need for transportation improvements on Long Island, including electrification of the diesel sections of the Long Island Rail Road for reliable, accessible transit, and the bigger picture of the need for New York State to reduce transportation emissions. The Sierra Club is advocating for a target of 55% reductions in greenhouse emissions from on-road passenger vehicles by 2035 in order for New York to reach the goals it laid forth in this summer's historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. This December 9 press conference is one of several launch events for a "Get Set, Go Green!" relay, where people from across New York will travel to the New York State Capitol on multiple modes of low-carbon transportation to deliver a petition at a press conference in front of Governor Cuomo's Albany office on December 12.

Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor
One Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595

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