This past Tuesday, Nov. 8, New Yorkers voted to approve Proposition 1, reported The Brooklyn Eagle. The Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act passed with roughly 68% of votes.

The Act allows New York State to borrow $4.2 billion to pay for projects that will improve water quality, conserve open spaces, reduce flood risk and mitigate climate change with resilient infrastructure.

“I’m thrilled that New Yorkers overwhelmingly voted to approve Prop 1 — the Environmental Bond Act will generate $4.2 billion in vital investments for cleaner air, cleaner water, renewable energy, green infrastructure and more that we desperately need to tackle the climate crisis,” Councilmember Lincoln Restler said.

Restler represents the waterfront areas on the northwest coast of Brooklyn including Greenpoint, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights.

Several Brooklyn neighborhoods are eligible to apply for roughly one-third of the money. And, by law, funding must go towards projects in areas deemed “disproportionately impacted” by climate change.  

Projects can range from sewer replacement to wetlands restoration, adding green infrastructure to CUNY buildings and even reducing pollution in disenfranchised communities.

“That bill in particular is supposed to bring at least $100 billion into New York, and it might be more than that, over the next several years,” Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, who represents parts of southern Brooklyn and Staten Island, said.

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