SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Local climate change leaders, business owners and county representatives came together to endorse and promote the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act this morning. The event Tuesday morning was a prelude to a public hearing set for later in the evening the same day.
Leaders chose the Whitlock Building located on 480 South Salina St. in downtown Syracuse, as the building was renovated as an environmentally friendly apartment complex.
Maureen Fellows, district director for Assemblyman Al Stirpe, was a speaker at the press conference, providing Stirpe’s support and opinion while he was busy in Albany for the day.
“As chair of the Assembly Small Business Committee, [Stirpe] understands the promise of good, green jobs,” Fellows said.
The group also included Jessica Azulay from Alliance for a Green Economy, a Syracuse-based organization that supports developing a green economy in New York State. Azulay advocated for people to transition to place cleaner energy sources in their homes and workplaces in Central New York.
“The good news is that action can stave off the more dire consequences of our climate crisis,” Azulay said.
The group was optimistic about what the CLCPA could do for Central New York, with all of the speakers claiming it will benefit the local economy in the form of jobs, while also improving the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in the area.