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New Yorkers Approve $4.2 Billion Bond To Fight Climate Change

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New Yorkers Approve $4.2 Billion Bond To Fight Climate Change

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  • 59% of voters supported the ballot measure
  • At least 35% of the funding amount is pledged to disadvantaged and under-resourced communities
  • Bond is the largest borrowing referendum on 2022 US ballots

New York voters approved a $4.2 billion environmental bond on Tuesday, one of the biggest wins for environmental, social and governance infrastructure in eight years and a sign of the sector’s growth in the municipal bond market. 

The ballot measure was backed by 59% of voters, according to results posted by the New York State Board of Elections. The results were called by the Associated Press. The plan was widely expected to pass, following a long history of successful environmental bond acts in New York.

The New York financing plan is designed to strengthen climate and flooding resiliency in a state still recovering from weather-related disasters. The new debt will pay for green-building projects, water quality improvement and shoreline restoration.

See related article: New York City Mayor Eric Adams Announces Issuance of $400 Million Social Bonds

“The strong support for the bond referendum suggests that voters recognize the long-term threats from climate change despite heightened economic anxiety,” Ruth Ducret and Robert Azrin, Breckinridge municipal research analysts, said by email.

Of the $4.2 billion, at least 35% is pledged to be spent in disadvantaged and under-resourced communities disproportionately affected by climate change.

The $4 trillion municipal-bond market is showing increasing interest in ESG investing after voter approvals in Texas, Florida and California in recent years for environmental bond measures. 

Video source: CBS New York / YouTube

Source: Bloomberg

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