New York State Policy Program
The Land Trust Alliance's New York State Policy Program strives to advance policies at the state level that support the common efforts and conservation goals of New York's land trust community. With the assistance of the New York Advisory Board, the Land Trust Alliance works to build relationships with key partners in Albany, broadening political support for state level conservation initiatives ensuring that NY's 90 land trusts have a consistent, steady voice at the state capitol. Land Trust Alliance and our partners also work to maintain funding for land trusts through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, which is supported by the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and administered by the Land Trust Alliance in coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Hearing on Impact of the 2013-2014 State Budget on the Department of Environmental Conservation & Need for a New Environmental Bond Act
Ethan Winter, New York Conservation Manager for the Land Trust Alliance testified on Friday, September 6, 2013 at a hearing with the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Assembly Subcommittee on Oversight of the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding a proposed Environmental Bond Act for the 2013-2014 NY State Budget.
Full Testimony (PDF)
Push starts for new $5B environmental bond act - Sewer, air quality, flood control projects eyed
The Friends of New York's Environment Joins Governor Cuomo in Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Environmental Protection Fund (August 2013)
(Albany, NY) – The Friends of New York's Environment, a broad partnership of more than 100 environmental, public health, agricultural conservation, recreational and urban stakeholder groups, joined Governor Cuomo in commemorating the creation of the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) twenty years ago. On August 17, 1993, Governor Mario Cuomo signed the Environmental Protection Fund into law at a ceremony at the Heurich Estate on the scenic shores of Lake Champlain.
2013 National Land Trust Advocacy Day – New York Land Trusts Storm Capitol Hill
Land trusts converged on Capitol Hill last week to educate and engage political leaders on conservation issues during the Alliance’s 2nd annual Land Trust Advocacy Day. Land conservation leaders attended issue briefings and networking events before conducting over 150 individual meetings with key members of Congress in the Senate and House, including virtually the entire New York delegation. Many thanks to the New York land trust representatives who took time to join us in Washington! Read our full press release.
Rebuilding the Environmental Protection Fund
At the end of March, the Legislature approved a Fiscal Year 2013-2014 state budget that included $153 million for the Environmental Protection Fund. Thanks to dogged advocacy by land trusts and other EPF advocates across the state, the budget includes a $19 million increase in the Fund, including $20 million for state land acquisitions and $13 million for farmland protection. Read the official press release.
Please check the EPF coalition website for additional details, updates and more: http://keepprotectingny.com/.
Your outreach on behalf of the EPF has been effective and it is hugely appreciated – Thank You!
New York Policy Archive
Environmental Protection Fund (EPF)
Environmental Protection Fund Overview (From the Friends of New York's Environmental coalition)
January 19, 2011: (Albany Times Union) Loggers, tree-huggers unite: Timber interests join greens in support of more money in Environmental Protection Fund
November 2010: Friends of NY's Environment Letter to Governor Elect Cuomo
October 2010: Bet on the Farm: Farmland Protection as a Strategy for Economic Growth and Renewal (Office of the State Comptroller--OSC)
February 2010 Report, The Role of Agriculture in the New York State Economy (OSC)
Economic Benefits of Land Conservation
2010: T(A Report by the Trust for Public Land)
Conservation: An Investment That Pays, 2009 (Trust for Public Land)
Tax Incentives for Land Conservation
In 2006, the Land Trust Alliance, with the support of the New York Advisory Board and land trust leaders across the state, was successful in getting New York State to enact the Conservation Easment Tax Credit. This innovative credit enables taxpayers whose land is restricted by a conservation easement to apply for an annual New York State income tax credit of up to 25% of the school district, county, and town real estate taxes paid on the restricted land, up to an annual maximum of $5,000 per taxpayer. Both New York State residents and non-residents may be eligible to claim the tax credit. All conservation easements must be registered with teh New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in order to claim the credit.
- Conservation Easement Tax Credit Guide
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has posted the taxpayer forms and instructions for the Conservation Easement Tax Credit on its website.
Individual Taxpayers (2010 Forms)
Non-Residents and Part-Year Residents (2010 Forms)
Corporations (2010 Forms)