September 6, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Assembly plans to hold a hearing on a proposed $5 billion environmental bond for upgrades and repairs to water and sewage systems.
Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, who chairs the Environmental Conservation Committee, recently introduced legislation to authorize that borrowing, which would be subject to voter approval in November 2014.
Sweeney says funds from the 1996 environmental bond act have been exhausted and far more work was needed even before recent storm damage.
Officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, local governments and environmental groups are expected to address Friday's hearing.
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