A new state law that was signed into law on Tuesday would require local governments to consider how they are spending public money and adopt more of a green-friendly model, according to the New York Times.
The new legislation was authored by Assemblyman Daniel J. DiCicco, D-Rochester, and Assemblywoman Melissa Tkacik, D (Marlborough), and would require cities and counties to adopt policies that would help them meet state and federal mandates.
The legislation is aimed at addressing concerns that local governments have about their finances and that they are overburdening taxpayers with excessive debt, according the New Yorker.
In its draft regulations, the state said the new measures would ensure that local communities are not burdened with excessive costs that are not justified and that local authorities adopt policies to reduce the impact of rising energy costs.
The state has already committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2025, while its environmental regulations are expected to lead to an additional reduction of 27 percent, according Bloomberg News.
In addition to addressing the issue of the burden of debt on local governments, the new legislation would also require cities to make it easier for residents to obtain city services, like sewer, trash and recycling services, and to adopt a tax credit program to encourage development in the area.
The regulations also call for a citywide program that would allow the community to choose whether to use its sewer, recycling and trash collection services.
As part of the new plan, the State Board of Supervisors would be given authority to develop the new regulations, according a release from the Assembly.
The ordinance is expected to be reviewed by the State Assembly on Monday.