The Environment in New York State

Michael B. Gerrard and Claire H. Woods

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Environment in New York State

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This article explores the environmental policy in New York State. Science is significant as a driver of environmental policy, but public opinion is even more important. The story of the New York State's water supply is dominated by the historic quest to supply water to New York City. The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) has been the most fertile source of environmental litigation in New York State courts. New York's solid waste expenditures have soared as it has had to pay commercial landfills and incinerators to take waste that had previously been cheaply dumped at Fresh Kills. New York began the modern era as a vigorous and innovative leader in environmental protection measures, but since the early 1990s, the paralyzing partisanship in the legislature and inconsistent leadership in the governor's office have moved the state considerably further back in the national pack on many environmental issues.

Keywords: environmental policy; New York State; water supply; State Environmental Quality Review Act; environmental litigation; solid waste

Article.  16963 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Public Policy

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