13 Nov

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2015
Contact: Jorge Martinez, (516)713-2079, martinez1962@icloud.com
Laura Ornstein, (607)591-2314, laura@nyssbc.org

Business Leaders Applaud Decision to Veto Port Ambrose

 Addresses the Threat to Business from Climate Change and Safeguards the Potential for Renewable Energy Development

NEW YORK – In response to a decision by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto the proposal to construct Port Ambrose, a liquefied natural gas facility located approximately 19 miles off the coast of New York that would have the capacity to move 400 million cubic feet of gas per day, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and the New York State Sustainable Business Council (NYSSBC), an alliance of business organizations and individual business from across the state, today released statements praising the action.

Many businesses across Long Island and the state opposed the project based on concerns that it would increase the region’s vulnerability to climate change, terrorist attacks, and contamination of marine ecology – all risks to businesses in the region.

“Vetoing Port Ambrose was the obvious choice,” said Jorge Martinez, Long Island Coordinator for the American Sustainable Business Council and Deputy Mayor of Freeport. “Our region is still rebuilding after the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, and Port Ambrose would have posed an unacceptable risk to the industries, such as outdoor recreation, hospitality, coastal tourism, and fishing, on which the local economies and community character of Long Island depend.”

“Our business members from Long Island to Buffalo applaud Governor Cuomo for vetoing Port Ambrose and continuing his leadership to mitigate the threats of climate change,” said Laura Ornstein, coordinator of the New York State Sustainable Business Council. “Business owners in the region of the proposed project understand all too well the need to transition to 100% renewables. They are already paying the costs of climate change, such as increased insurance rates, repairs for infrastructure damaged by extreme weather events, and forced closures.”

“Governor Cuomo has made the right choice to veto Port Ambrose and keep the door open to develop offshore wind in the same location, which could create up to 17,000 jobs,” said Richard Eidlin, VP of Policy and Campaigns for the American Sustainable Business Council.

The New York State Sustainable Business Council (NYSSBC) http://nyssbc.org/ is an alliance of business organizations and businesses committed to advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy in the state. The organization will promote strategies and policies designed to build strong local economies, prioritize investment and innovation in clean technologies from green chemistry to renewable energy sources, and advance the development of sustainable communities in New York State.

The American Sustainable Business Council www.asbcouncil.org advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 200,000 businesses and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors.