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State officials will talk in Raquette Lake about Climate Leadership law

Amanda Lefton is New York state’s assistant secretary of energy and environment. (Photo provided)

RAQUETTE LAKE — Two state officials will visit this hamlet in Hamilton County on Friday, Sept. 20 to talk about the state’s new Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a bill passed by the Legislature in June, designed to address and mitigate climate change impacts.

The Adirondack North Country Association will host the state’s first assistant secretary of energy and environment, Amanda Lefton, and state Department of Environmental Conservation Climate Policy Analyst Mark Lowery at its annual meeting at the Barn at Great Camp Sagamore from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets specific targets for reducing carbon emissions and adopting clean energy technologies statewide. The state has pledged to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to transition all of its electricity consumption to renewable and carbon-free energy sources.

Lefton played an instrumental role in the development of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. She was appointed first assistant secretary of energy and the environment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January. She’ll talk about the law and its economic significance for the region. Lowery will discuss how the law will affect the region’s energy economy.

“The passage of this act is an ambitious step forward for the state’s clean energy efforts,” ANCA Executive Director Kate Fish said in a press release. “It also gives a major boost for the North Country economy, where a growing clean energy sector will increase opportunities in renewable energy and clean energy access for low- and moderate-income residents.”

Those interested in attending ANCA’s annual meeting can register online at www.adirondack.org/2019annualmeeting. Registration at the door will open at 1 p.m. on the day of the event. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for ANCA members and $35 for non-members.