New York

NEW: A New York Green Amendment: Balancing Power and Equity in EJ Communities: a panel discussion moderated by Mike Harrington, Assistant Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center. Panelists Include:

  • Maya K. van Rossum, Founder, Green Amendments for the Generations
  • Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Kate Kurera, Deputy Director, Environmental Advocates NY
  • Christine Appah, Senior Staff Attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Environmental Justice Program

What is a Green Amendment?

Green Amendments are self executing provisions added to the Bill of Rights section of a constitution that recognize and protect the rights of all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or income, including future generations – to pure water, clean air, a stable climate, and healthy environments.

What’s Happening in New York?

In 2017, Assemblyman Steve Englebright first proposed bill A6279, New York’s Green Amendment. A parallel provision has been proposed in the NY Senate by Senator David Carlucci. While the bill was solidly supported in the Assembly the Senate fell short. But two years later, in 2019, the bill was repurposed and began to advance.

On April 9, 2019, Green Amendments For the Generations, key New York lawmakers and a coalition of groups announced plans to push for approval of a Green Amendment Bill by the New York legislature. Watch the press conference here.

As of April 30, 2019 the New York legislators, in both the state Assembly and Senate, voted for first passage of a proposed amendment to the NY State Constitution (A2064/S2072) that would recognize and protect the inalienable right to clean water, clean air and a healthful environment. The vote count was overwhelmingly in support of passage with senators voting for passage 45 to 17 and the Assembly members voting 110-34.  90 organizations have signed on to a letter in support of the first passage.

As of February 9, 2021 both the New York State Senate and Assembly voted to add a Green Amendment (A1368/S528) to the state constitution. The NYS Senate voted 48-14 for second passage and the NYS Assembly voted 124-25 for second passage. The bill will be placed on the New York state ballot for the people to vote upon in November.

While for years there have been provisions discussing various environmental issues in Article XIV, the provisions do not have the high level strength needed to recognize the inherent and indefeasible rights of people to a healthy environment and to provide those rights the same level of protection given to the right to free speech, to freedom of religion and other fundamental rights the people of New York hold dear. But New York is poised to remedy that with its Green Amendment proposal.

Who Are Our NY Partners

Green Amendments For The Generations has been working with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Environmental Advocates NY, and the NY Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club to support constitutional level protection for environmental rights in New York’s constitution.

Catch up on our New York Green Amendment Virtual Events

Our Three Part Webinar Series:

Resources to help you learn more and spread the word.

Find lots of fact sheets, webinars, and more at our Green Amendments For The Generations resources page.


Bill Sponsors
NY Senators
Name Sponsorship District  Party 
David Carlucci Primary 38 D
Joseph Addabbo Jr Cosponsor 15 D
Jamaal T. Bailey Cosponsor 36 D
Alessandra Biaggi Cosponsor 34 D, WF
Neil D. Breslin Cosponsor 44 D, IP, WF
John Brooks Cosponsor 8 D
Andrew Gounardes Cosponsor 22 D
Pete Harckman Cosponsor 40 D, WF
Brad Hoylman Cosponsor 27 D, WF
Todd Kaminsky Cosponsor 9 D
Anna Kaplan Cosponsor 7 D
Liz Krueger Cosponsor 28 D, WF
Shelley Mayer Cosponsor 37 D, WF
Jen Metzger Cosponsor 42 D, WF
Zellnor Myrie Cosponsor 20 D
James Sanders Cosponsor 10 D
Diane Savino Cosponsor 23 D, IP
Luis Sepulveda Cosponsor 32 D
Jose Serrano Cosponsor 29 D, WF
James Skoufis Cosponsor 39 D
Toby Ann Stavisky Cosponsor 16 D
NY Assembly Members
Name Sponsorship District  Party 
Steve Englebright Primary 4 D
Richard Gottfried Cosponsor 75 D
Felix Ortiz Cosponsor 51 D
Angelo Santabarbara Cosponsor 111 D
Jeffrey Dinowitz Cosponsor 81 D
William Colton Cosponsor 47 D
Barbara Lifton Cosponsor 125 D
Deborah Glick Cosponsor 66 D
Patricia Fahy Cosponsor 109 D
Thomas Abinanti Cosponsor 92 D
Steven Otis Cosponsor 91 D
Kimberly Jean-Pierre Cosponsor 11 D
Charles Lavine Cosponsor 13 D
Walter Mosley Cosponsor 57 D
Jo Anne Simon Cosponsor 52 D
Sandy Galef Cosponsor 95 D
Ellen Jaffee Cosponsor 97 D
Vivian Cook Cosponsor 32 D
Jose Rivera Cosponsor 78 D
Anthony D’Urso Cosponsor 16 D
Pamela Hunter Cosponsor 128 D
Phil Steck Cosponsor 110 D
Crystal Peoples-Stokes Cosponsor 141 D
Jaime Williams Cosponsor 59 D
Rodneyse Bichotte Cosponsor 42 D
Philip Ramos Cosponsor 6 D
David Weprin Cosponsor 24 D
Michele Titus Cosponsor 31 D
Alicia Hyndman Cosponsor 29 D
Rebecca Seawright Cosponsor 76 D
Donna Lupardo Cosponsor 123 D
Linda Rosenthal Cosponsor 67 D
Inez Barron Cosponsor 42 D
Latrice Walker Cosponsor 55 D
Robert Carroll Cosponsor 44 D
Didi Barrett Cosponsor 106 D
Carmen De La Rosa Cosponsor 72 D
Kevin Cahill Cosponsor 103 D
Fred Thiele Cosponsor 1 D
Karines Reyes Cosponsor 87 D
Aileen Gunther Cosponsor 100 D
Maritza Davila Cosponsor 53 D
Harvey Epstein Cosponsor 74 D
Jeffrion Aubry Cosponsor 35 D
Catalina Cruz Cosponsor 39 D
Judy Griffin Cosponsor 21 D
Joseph Lentol Cosponsor 50 D