NY legislature passes proposal with aggressive target for reducing carbon emissions

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Both the state Senate and now the Assembly have passed a proposal to give New York the nation’s most aggressive target for reducing carbon emissions.

Under the measure, the state will aim to generate 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2040 while cutting greenhouse gasses to 1990 levels by 2050.

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It now goes to the desk of Gov. Cuomo.

He has said he’ll sign it.

The bill was voted on during an extra day that was tacked onto the legislative session so lawmakers can deal with some unresolved issues.

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The state Senate must still consider a package of key board and commission nominations including the appointment of budget director Rob Mujica to the MTA board.

Senator Liz Krueger says it’s hard for her to understand how the two jobs aren’t in direct conflict.

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The state budget director approves certain MTA activities.

Also to be considered is a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession.

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