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New York awards over $2 million in urban forestry grants for Arbor Day

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New York celebrated Arbor Day by allocating more than $2 million in grants for urban forestry projects, with Cayuga County municipalities receiving a significant portion of the funding. The town of Owasco was awarded $75,000 for tree maintenance, and the city of Auburn received $22,500 to aid in tree planting efforts.

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Auburn Mayor Jimmy Giannettino expressed gratitude towards Governor Kathy Hochul, highlighting the importance of the grant in helping the city recover from the loss of hundreds of trees due to the emerald ash borer infestation. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which administers the Urban and Community Forestry grant program, announced a total of $2.4 million for 32 projects across New York.

Governor Hochul, commemorating Arbor Day, emphasized the commitment to greening urban spaces and mentioned the state’s ambitious goal to plant 25 million trees by 2033. This initiative forms part of a broader effort to enhance environmental sustainability and public green spaces across New York.