- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be unveiling his budget proposal for the next fiscal year next month, and a diverse coalition of groups is making a plea for more money for environmental programs.

The coalition called “We Love New York” includes dozens of groups representing environmental, parks, farming, business and recreational interests. It’s sending a letter to Cuomo on Monday requesting that he include an appropriation of $300 million for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund in the next budget.

The fund supports land conservation, wetlands protection, waterfront planning, municipal parks, farmland protection and clean water infrastructure. In 2008, there was $255 million allocated to the fund, but that dropped to $134 million in 2010. Cuomo raised it in the last three years, to $177 million this year.

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