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County Executive Signs Landmark Legislation to Protect the Environment and Incentivize Renewable Energy

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:48 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today signed Local Law D and Local Law G, opting into a five-cent fee on paper bags at retail stores and creating a loan program for sustainable energy projects, respectively.

Working with the statewide non-profit, the Energy Improvement Corporation, and municipalities through the new Energize NY Open C-PACE program, property owners can have 100% of their upfront costs covered to make improvements that lower their carbon emissions. The loans are repayable in annual installments as charges on real properties.

“Today, with the signing of these bills, Albany County joins a small but growing number of localities who are leading the way to further protect our environment. Paper bags have a significant carbon impact in manufacturing and shipment, and are not the answer to combating pollution and reducing emissions,” said County Executive McCoy.

“Local Law D appropriately ensures that those that cannot afford the fee are either exempt or can avoid the charge by bringing their own bag. With the fee partially funding County programs to distribute free reusable bags and the State Environmental Protection Fund, we will be able to continually build on the benefits felt over the years to come. I thank the lead sponsors of both local laws, Legislators Joanne Cunningham and Rick Touchette,” he continued.

“Albany County is once again setting the standard for environmental leadership in New York with two new laws that will lead to more clean energy and less pollution. We commend County Executive McCoy for continuing to help make Albany County the greenest county in New York. We also thank the laws two sponsors, County Legislators Cunningham and Touchette, for their leadership in seeing these become law,” said Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York.

Local Law D will go into effect when the state-imposed plastic bag ban goes into effect on March 1, 2020. Local Law G will take effect upon the filing with the Secretary of the State.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy