Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb Applauds Signing of the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act
Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) issued the following statement on todays signing of the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act by the governor. The legislation prohibits the state from allowing the construction and operation of a trash incinerator facility within the Finger Lakes Watershed.
The Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act is now law, and is a testament to the incredible resolve, unwavering commitment and heartfelt passion people demonstrated to protect this incredible area. Preserving the unique natural landscape of the Finger Lakes Region will bolster our economic health and quality of life, while keeping the small business, viticulture and hospitality sectors successful. This is wonderful news for our home region, and I commend all of the community organizations, local and state officials and grassroots volunteers who made this critical bill a reality.
Had the proposed project been allowed to move forward, the incinerator would have emitted lead, dioxins, mercury and other pollutants into the air and also increased traffic, carbon emissions, noise pollution and other hazards. The proposed location for the incinerator, the Seneca Army Depot, was in close proximity to the Romulus K-12 public school.
The Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act (A.5029-A, Cusick / S.2270-A, May) was co-sponsored by Leader Kolb and passed both the Assembly and Senate unanimously.
This is a tremendous victory for everyone who calls the Finger Lakes home, and for the thousands of visitors who experience everything the area has to offer, Leader Kolb said. The unanimous passage and signing of this bill has been a bipartisan, collaborative effort that benefits our well-being, our prosperity, our environment and our future.