Proposal No. 2 on the state ballot declares “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.”

The proposed amendment to the New York Constitution would, according to the amendment, establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher, in a statement this week, is encouraging voters to reject this “Green Amendment” on the November state ballot.

Fisher’s statement:

“A clean environment should be a priority for every New Yorker, but the vague Green Amendment would muddy the waters around good environmental policy. Voting yes will give the courts greater control to decide what is a “healthful environment,” and in turn, diminish the public’s voice and the traditional legislative and regulatory processes that set public policy. This has potential implications for farmers who may face new legal challenges from anyone who disagrees with their farm practices, undermining strict, science-based environmental regulations already in place in New York State, and it could put right-to-farm laws in jeopardy that aim to protect family farms from nuisance lawsuits.”

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All five propositions can be read in detail at https://www.elections.ny.gov/2021BallotProposals.html and voters can cast their ballots in early voting until Sunday. Election Day is Nov. 2.

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