Media Advisory for Wednesday, April 27
New York State Climate Action Council to Hold Buffalo Public Hearing on Draft Scoping Plan on April 27
What: New York State's 22-member Climate Action Council, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, will hold an in-person public hearing in Buffalo on April 27, 2022, to continue its work on a Statewide Scoping Plan to guide the State toward its nation-leading climate goals.
The Council released the Draft Scoping Plan on Dec. 30, 2021, and is accepting public comments on the draft through June 10, 2022. The Climate Action Council is holding a total of 10 public hearings with eight in-person hearings and two virtual hearings.
In-person hearings will also be live-streamed to allow for remote viewing of the proceedings. All persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies are encouraged to attend the public hearings and to submit oral or written comments.
Individuals attending in-person hearings and providing comments will be given two minutes to speak. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to the hearing for registration.
Press should show credentials at registration table upon entering the hearings.
Buffalo Public Hearing
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Mason O. Damon Auditorium
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Event Address: Via Zoom (leaves DEC website).
Dial: +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 859 7892 0774
Capacity of Venue: Up to 300 participants may attend this hearing.
Nearby Public and Paid Parking:
- AllPro Parking, located directly across from the library, bordered by Broadway, Washington and Ellicott streets. Lot entrance is on Washington Street. You can enter the library from Washington or Ellicott streets.
- The Adam Parking Ramp (managed by Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps) is 2 blocks south of the library along Washington Street. Regular rates apply on weekdays, with parking free after 5 p.m. for the first two hours.
There are three accessible parking meters located around the Central Library building:
- Oak Street behind the library (between Broadway and Clinton streets)
- William Street (between Ellicott and Oak streets)
- Clinton Street (between Ellicott & Oak streets)
The Central Library is one block north of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Bus Terminal. Several bus routes intersect at or near the Library, including the #1 William, #2 Clinton, #4 Broadway, #6 Sycamore and #8 Main routes. In addition, the Evans Bank Station @ Lafayette Square of the NFTA Metro Rail line is one block west of the Washington Street entrance to the Library. Fees for public transit may apply.
Health and Safety:
- No COVID-19 vaccination requirement or mask requirement.
- If you have any mobility needs, please pre-register and note the accommodations you will need.
Information for All Hearing Attendees:
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required for the in-person hearings. Priority in seating and speaking will be given to those who pre-register. Individuals can pre-register on the Climate Act website (leaves DEC website). Hearings will be webcast for viewing purposes only, professionally recorded, and transcribed as part of the official record and posted on the Climate Act website (leaves DEC website).
Members of the public who want to provide oral comment must attend either in-person or join a virtual hearing. Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements. American sign language and language interpretive services shall be made available upon written request at no charge. Any additional information, including instructions for joining each event remotely to view the proceedings, will be made available prior to each event on the Climate Act website (leaves DEC website).
Written comments can be submitted via the online public comment form (leaves DEC website), via email to [email protected], or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft Scoping Plan Comments, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399.
For more information about public hearings or meetings of the New York State Climate Action Council (leaves DEC website), please visit the Climate Act website.