Legislators Must Fight Budget Cuts to Environmental Agencies
The Trump administration has proposed budget cuts to environmental agencies, such as the Environmental Protections Agency which has been working to resolve the water contamination in Hoosick Falls.
Albany County Legislator, William Reinhardt, expressed his concern stating that, “…voters must continue to do some urging themselves to encourage legislators to work against the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to environmental agencies, which would make interventions like the one at Hoosick Falls rare in the future.”
The EPA’s proposed budget for 2018 is a third less than what it is for this year, with the intent to return responsibility of local environmental expenses to state organizations.
New York’s senators have clearly expressed their opposition to the proposed cut. Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, however, has yet to come forward. He has stated his disagreement with drastic cuts to the EPA but also expressed the need to the need to “get Washington spending under control.”
Reinhardt emphasized the need for a strong EPA to protect the public’s health, especially with the water quality challenges being faced across the Capital Region.
Read William Reinhardt’s letter to the editor here.