- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Comptroller Scott Stringer says New York City’s plan to reduce greenhouse gases is flawed and likely behind schedule.

Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged in 2007 to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2017. His successor, Bill de Blasio, also vowed to meet that goal.

But an audit ordered by Stringer found that after eight years, emissions have only dropped 16 percent, averaging 2 percent a year.

Stringer, who’s occasionally clashed with de Blasio, issued the report Thursday. It finds that the city won’t complete its goal by the deadline and that the program is ineffective.

The de Blasio administration disputes Stringer’s findings.



The commissioner of the agency in charge of the program, Stacey Cumberbatch, said Stringer demonstrated “an ignorance of industry best practices.”

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