To the Editor:

I was glad to hear about the work activists are doing to push for change at all levels of government. It is imperative that the climate crisis be addressed not only by the federal government, but also by our state and municipal governments.

To that end, it is crucial that NY State pass the Climate and Community Protection Act as it is in the Assembly and State Senate. The bill is some of the most comprehensive legislation across the country for addressing the climate crisis. 

It sets specific checkpoints of reducing emissions and establishes multiple committees, working groups, and councils to oversee different parts of that process. It ensures that as we make this transition towards a carbon-neutral, and hopefully even carbon-negative, state will not be done to the detriment of working people and frontline communities.

I’m only 18 years old, and I hope that my future and home will be habitable. The CCPA serves that purpose. Governor Cuomo ought to sign it.

Eric Stenzel

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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