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Constantinides’ bill to reduce carbon emissions passed by city council


Nov. 17, 2014 By Michael Florio

A bill introduced by Councilman Costa Constantinides that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York City was passed unanimously by the city council on Thursday.

The bill, which had 42 c0-sponsors, mandates the city to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The mayor is expected to sign the bill into law– although an official date has not been set.

“Combating climate change is a 21st Century issue that affects all New Yorkers and that’s why we must construct policies that keep us on par with global standards,” Constantinides said.

Constantinides said that the bill will not only meet challenges of climate change, but will help reduce asthma, improve overall health and create new green jobs.

The bill, which was introduced in June, is part of city council’s push for a cleaner environmental as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to make the city greener.

“While rising seas and extreme weather events are likely to be part of New York City’s future, we can still prevent the worst outcomes,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Not only can we turn the tide of climate change, but as the most populous city in the country, and a global leader, we have a moral responsibility to do so.”


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