The Environment

Barbara is a leader on environmental protection and is very focused on the critical issue of Climate Change. 

As a member of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, Barbara co-sponsors the Climate and Community Protection Act, which would require New York State to have a Climate Action Plan — a public and legally binding blueprint to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) in accordance with the Governor's announced goals of a 40% reduction from 1990 GHG levels by 2030 and an 80% reduction by 2050.

Additionally, Barbara has called for a moratorium on all major fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York -- power plants, major pipelines and compressor stations.  As a result of her work-- and that of countless other New Yorkers -- nearly $5 billion in proposed interstate fracked gas transmission pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects have been defeated, an achievement unmatched anywhere else in the nation.   

She introduced and ushered to Assembly passage an Aquatic Invasive Species bill, now law, to help prevent the spread of hydrilla, Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, and other invasive species, in all the waterways of the state.  She sponsors a bill to offer a tax credit for new or retro-fitted green homes, and is a co-sponsor of legislation to enact a carbon fee in New York State.

Barbara was a legislative leader during the seven-year battle to prevent high-volume hydro-fracking (HVHF) in New York State from 2008-2015.   She authored numerous important bills on fracking, filed amicus briefs in all three court cases on the issue of Local Control, and worked both inside and outside the legislature on the effort that ultimately resulted in the prohibition of high-volume hydrofracking in New York State.   

She was honored as the Environmental Legislator of the Year in 2011 by Environmental Advocates of New York, due largely to her work on hydro-fracking, but also for her overall strong record on the environment.

Most recently, she has called for new funding to make possible increased weatherization and retrofitting of buildings and homes across our state in order to reduce energy demand and GHG emissions.