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Health benefits to all-electric construction? That won’t change public opposition

Health care organizations say there will be a health benefit to all-electric construction, as laid out by state leaders who are trying to meet climate change goals by the early-2030s.

The American Lung Association and New York Public Health Association say the effects of air pollution on children and communities of color have a negative impact on the healthcare system overall.


Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal on all-electric building would take effect in 2026. Meanwhile, Democrats are pushing for a 2024 date.

Many have questioned the feasibility of building all-electric that soon. However, supporters say the measure is needed to curtail the effects of climate change.

Voters don’t align with the Governor or Democrats on the matter, though. A Siena College poll last month showed a majority of New Yorkers oppose phasing-out gas appliances like gas stoves in new construction.