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New York State Climate Action Council announces public hearing schedule

New York State’s 22-member Climate Action Council, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), will hold 10 public hearings across the State to receive public input on the Draft Scoping Plan and advance work on a Final Scoping Plan to guide the implementation of the State’s nation-leading climate goals under the CLCPA.

The Council released the Draft Scoping Plan on Dec. 30, 2021, and is accepting public comments on the draft through June 10, 2022. The Council extended the comment period beyond 120 days to allow for additional public input.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Co-Chairs of the Climate Action Council, today announced eight in-person hearings in locations across the State, as well as two virtual hearings. In-person hearings will also be live-streamed to allow for remote viewing of the proceedings. All persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies are encouraged to attend the public hearings and to submit oral or written comments.

Tuesday, April 5, 20224:00 PMBronxBronx Community College
Roscoe Brown Student Center
Hall of Fame Playhouse
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
Wednesday, April 6, 20224:00 PMBrookhavenBrookhaven Town Hall
1 Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738
Tuesday, April 12, 20224:00 PMBinghamtonBinghamton University
Symposium Hall
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850
Thursday, April 14, 20224:00 PMAlbanyEmpire State Plaza
Meeting Room 6
Albany, NY 12242
Tuesday, April 26, 20224:00 PMSyracuseSUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Gateway Center
1 Forest Drive
Syracues, NY 13210
Wednesday, April 27, 2023:30 PMBuffaloBuffalo & Erie County Public Library
Mason O. Damon Auditorium
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Tuesday, May 3, 20224:00 PMBrooklynNew York City College of Technology
The Theater at City Tech
285 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Saturday, May 7, 202210:00 AMVIRTUALEvent Link:
Event Number: 2599 706 6384
Event Password: climate
Call in Number: +1-415-655-0003
Call in Access Code: 2599 706 6384
Tuesday, May 10, 20224:00 PMTupper Lake The Wild Center
45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Wednesday, May 11, 20224:00 PMVIRTUALEvent Link:
Event Number: 2595 530 3236
Event Password: climate
Call in Number: +1-415-655-0003
Call in Access Code: 2595 530 3236

If in-person hearings cannot be held due to changing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, hearings will shift to virtual at the same date and time. Each participant will be given two minutes to address the Climate Action Council. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. PowerPoint presentations are not allowed, but individuals may provide written supporting documents or visuals.

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Pre-registration is encouraged but not required for the in-person hearings. Priority in seating and speaking will be given to those who pre-register. Individuals can pre-register here. Hearings will be webcast for viewing purposes only, professionally recorded, and transcribed as part of the official record and posted on the Climate Act website.

Members of the public who want to provide oral comment must attend either in-person or join a virtual hearing. Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements. American sign language and language interpretive services shall be made available upon written request at no charge. Any additional information, including instructions for joining each event remotely to view the proceedings, will be made available prior to each event here.

The virtual public hearings will include live captioning in multiple languages. To view live captioning during the virtual hearings, attendees can join the presentation through PowerPoint Live using a computer or smartphone. For details on how to use PowerPoint Live for live captioning, click here.

Written comments can be submitted through June 10, 2022, via the online public comment form, via email to [email protected], or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft Scoping Plan Comments, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399.

For more information about the New York State Climate Action Council, visit here.