Jul 24, 2012

Governor Cuomo signs invasive species legislation 

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORK'S WATERWAYS AND NATURAL HABITAT FROM INVASIVE SPECIES

Albany, NY (July 24, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to protect New York's waterways and natural habitat from the devastating environmental effects of invasive species.

"This new law will give the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets the tools they need to protect our state's ecology from the harm that invasive species can cause," Governor Cuomo said. "This legislation ensures that the regulations governing invasive species are appropriate for New York's farming community and plant nurseries, while also protecting the environment. I commend the bill sponsors for their work on this legislation."

Joe Martens, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said, "This law implements a critical recommendation of the Invasive Species Task Force and gives DEC and DAM more authority to actively regulate invasive species and prevent their spread. Invasive species are destructive to habitat and cause millions of dollars of damage, impacting NY's economy from shipping and agriculture to outdoor recreation. Now, we will have additional tools to combat their introduction and proliferation."

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