New York Bonds for Environmental Infrastructure Act (2014)

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The New York Bonds for Environmental Infrastructure Act may appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in New York as a legislatively-referred bond question. The measure, upon voter approval, would authorize $5 billion in state bonds for clean water and air infrastructure and natural resource protection.[1]

Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-11) sponsored the measure in the New York Assembly as Assembly Bill 8121.[1] Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) sponsored the measure in the New York Senate as Senate Bill 5925.[2]

This would be the largest bond voters have ever been asked to approved in New York.[3]

Text of measure

The proposed ballot text reads as follows:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall chapter [inset the number of the chapter] of the laws of 2014 known as the clean water/clean air/green jobs bond act of 2014, authorizing the creation of state debt to provide moneys for the preservation, enhancement, restoration, and improvement of the quality of the state’s environment and natural resources, promote energy efficiency and energy security; and invest in the creation of clean and green jobs in the amount of five billion dollars be approved?

Support

Supporters

Officials

Organizations

  • Environmental Advocates of New York[3]

Arguments

  • Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, Mark J. Grisanti (R-60), said, “In all honesty, I think it’s actually going to cost more. We have a crumbling infrastructure above and below ground.”[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Authorizing bond referendums in New York

According to Section 11, Article VII of the New York Constitution, a majority vote is required in the legislature in order to qualify a bond question for the statewide ballot. The measure must be passed by the legislature at least three months before the general election.

Only one bond question may appear on the ballot per general election. Therefore, this act and the bonds for education technology act cannot both appear on the ballot.

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