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Lifton calls for $2B Energy Efficiency Program

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Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton yesterday (March 4) penned a letter to Governor Cuomo calling for a $2B jumpstart to a massive weatherization, insulation, and energy efficiency program across the state.

Noting that  30% of all statewide emissions come from buildings, Lifton says the goal of her proposal is to significantly reduce emissions across the board, lowering electricity bills and creating good jobs in all New York communities.

These effects would be obtained through projects improving energy in homes and buildings across the state.

“To meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, reducing energy usage in all homes, businesses, institutions, and government buildings across the state makes eminent sense as a first step,” said Lifton (D-Tompkins, Cortland). “The warnings of prominent scientists to ‘wake up and take urgent action’ in the face of a looming global climate crisis, compels New York to expand its energy and building efficiency programs to reduce the state’s contributions to climate change and bring the ambitious goals of the CLCPA within reach.”

She outlined the details of her plan in a letter signed by 50 other members of the assembly.


Lifton is holding an open town hall in Cortlandville tonight (March 5) from 7-9 pm at the Raymond G. Thorpe Municipal Building, 3577 Terrace Road.

All constituents of District 125 are invited, which includes all of Tompkins County, the City of Cortland and the towns of Cortlandville, Virgil, Harford and Lapeer in Cortland County.

“These are important opportunities for the public to ask questions and learn about the state budget and any other issues that are of concern to constituents,” Lifton said. “Members of the public should feel free to come to any of the meetings, no matter where they live in the district.”

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