Westchester Parks Foundation

Public Health

Every single community must have clean air to breathe, well-maintained parks for recreation, access to fresh foods from local farms, and protection from toxic chemicals. We are fighting to make this a reality.

Last year, after decades of pressure from concerned citizens, Congress finally reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to make it easier for the EPA to keep harmful chemicals from entering the market and assess the safety of currently used chemicals in a timely manner. We must maintain unwavering support and ensure appropriate resources to the TSCA so that every New Yorker can have the expectation that the products they purchase — from children’s toys, to household cleaners to toiletries — are free of toxic chemicals.

Both indoor and outdoor air quality have come a long way in New York, but we are continuing to fight to improve air quality through replacement of old diesel vehicles with cleaner, new vehicles and encourage upgrades to Zero Emission Vehicles. We also continue to support and push for increased funding in parks and playgrounds continues at the regional, local, and state levels.

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We are in a continual push for investments to our aging water infrastructure, with an emphasis on management, incorporating a great deal of green infrastructure, support programs and incentives for clean water – both for daily living and recreational uses. With water contamination and scarcity issues on the rise, we are actively advocating for the protection of our waterways and their cleanliness.

In the age of Trump, New York is going to need to push forward innovative climate change policies that show the way for other states and create a guaranteed market for renewable energy that encourages the private sector to continue to invest.

New York’s spectacular open spaces not only provide awe-inspiring views and recreational opportunities, they help keep our children and families healthy. Our parks, rivers, lakes and oceans should be protected so future generations can enjoy them.

In New York, over 30% of our emissions come from the transportation sector. We are working to support new methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public to private transportation methods.

Our greatest connection to our environment is in the food we eat and we have a responsibility to better understand what we consume, how it was grown, and where it came from.

Jointly with NYLCV, the NYLCV Education Fund issues policy agendas that lay out specific legislative and budgetary remedies tailored to different levels of government and regions of the state.

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