Recently, PUSH Buffalo and a host of organizations championing #NYRenews from across New York State converged in Albany NY to demand passage of a historic Climate Justice Act - and we won!
The fight hasn't ended yet though. The companion bill, S.8005, needs sponsorship in the NYS Senate. We have to ACT TODAY, call these Senators and voice our support!
The NYS Renews steering committee is asking us to call our local Republican Senators TODAY, Monday, June 13th and ask them to co-sponsor Senate bill S. 8005. It’s the companion bill to the Assembly bill A. 10342, the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act which passed in the Assembly on June 1st after our rally in Albany. The Senators are in their home offices today.
WHY THIS CALL IS IMPORTANT: We have 3 days left until the end of session. We need a majority of the Senators to get this bill on the floor for a vote. That means we need 33 co-sponsors—we’re close and we have 3 Republican Senate co-sponsors: Senators Phil Boyle, Carl Marcellino and Jack Martins. But we need more Republicans and are being asked to contact NYS Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-West Seneca, Lancaster, Warsaw. . .) andRobert Ortt (Niagara/Orleans Counties).
WHO SHOULD CALL? Any of us who support the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act. If you live in the Senator’s district, it’s important to tell him or his aide that you do and give them your address. If you don’t live in the district, tell them that you are active in one of the coalition organizations that supports the bill (e.g., Sierra Club, PUSH, Climate Action Coalition, CWA, NYSNA, etc.). If you have friends who live in their district, ask them to call.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY? Tell them you are calling to ask them to co-sponsor S. 8005 which is being sponsored by Senator Diane Savino and it’s same as Assembly bill A. 10342, the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act which passed in the Assembly on June 1st. Let them know that this bill will allow NYS to reach the governor’s goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050; that it will provide good-paying clean energy jobs and ensure investments in our most vulnerable communities. Also mention that 3 Republican Senators are co-sponsors of the bill.
NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan
NYS Senator Robert Ortt