New Initiatives

Highlights 

The Executive Budget includes:

  • Restoring the Mother Nature Bond Act, bringing forward a $3 billion tax-exempt general obligations bond to voters in November 2020. The proceeds, to be managed by the State Comptroller, would be utilized to finance environmental improvements that preserve, enhance, and restore, NYS natural resources while reducing the impact of climate change.
  • Permanent, 15-year lease authority that would allow the Office for General Services (OGS) to enter 15-year leases on behalf of state agencies. Additionally, the ability to enter into Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) when the State has acquired a building or other facility would be made permanent.
  • Implementing net neutrality requirements that would prohibit the throttling or restricting of lawful internet traffic by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the state. In addition, it would restrict state agencies from entering into contracts with ISP entities that have failed to certify they are in compliance with net neutrality law provisions and require state agencies to include such a certification within their contracts with ISPs.
  • Banning the sale, use or distribution of disposable food service containers made of single use and loose fill polystyrene products, starting January 1, 2022.
In addition, the governor's State of the State address featured a child welfare initiative intended to reduce overrepresentation of minority children in foster care. This is based on work conducted by the School of Social Welfare's Mary McCarthy and doctoral student, Beth Crowe.