Gov. Cuomo outlines $3B plan to restore and preserve NY environment

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined an ambitious $3 billion Environmental Bond Act in Wednesday's State of the State address.

He said the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act aims to "restore fisheries and streams and wetlands and conserve more forest areas."

"We must restore fisheries and streams and wetlands, and conserve more forest areas," he said during the address. "We must replant more trees, we must filter more drinking water and we must stop the nitrogen runoffs."

The Bond Act would bolster flood protection, purchase and preserve open space, create four more artificial reefs in the Long Island Sound and in the Atlantic Ocean and expand renewable energy such as wind power.

This is the first environmental bond act in 24 years, despite the state's $6 billion deficit.

The Bond Act is slated to be up for a vote this November if it's approved by the state Legislature.

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