Onondaga County Legislator Bill Kinne, who represents people living in the City of Syracuse, and Towns of Onoondaga and Geddes, was part of a group of elected officials in Onondaga County who held a press conference on Weds. March 11, in Syracuse, to ask that NY State provide more funding, and approve measures that would create more green jobs and accelerate transition to renewable energy, and energy efficiency upgrades, to help mitigate climate change.
Among the steps Mr. Kinne, and other elected officials across the state, are urging NY State to take are:
- Significantly increase state funding, support, procurement, and permitting to deploy large-scale renewable energy across the state.
- Invest in large numbers of good, clean energy jobs in low-income communities and communities of color.
- Increase investments in NYSERDA programs, local governments, and community-based organizations across the state to deploy renewable energy, energy efficiency, heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations, and other needed infrastructure and create incentives for communities to welcome and host grid-scale renewable energy projects.
- Reject permits for all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including new gas-fired power plants and small gas pipelines for residential gas expansion.
- Work with utility providers to create a more resilient 21st-century electricity grid to handle increased renewable interconnections, electric vehicles, and electrification.