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February 9, 2013

Investment in DEC isinvestment in state's future

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The proposed budget affords a unique opportunity for all of us (sportsmen and women, other conservationists, environmentalists and business) interested in New York’s environment and the things that rely upon it being healthy to join together as a united front and exert political pressure on the Governor and Legislature to not only restore the $58 million to DEC’s budget but to restore the agency’s former capability and to allow the DEC to spend what it needs from the Conservation Fund (non-taxpayer dollars). 

 Teddy Roosevelt once said: “Conservation makes for strange bedfellows”. Let’s prove him right and join forces on behalf of our environment and the wildlife that depend upon it for survival.

Michael D. Zagata of West Davenport is a former commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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