NY Assembly passes clean-energy bill as advocates rally

By David Klepper, Associated Press.

ALBANY — Several labor unions and environmental groups teamed up Wednesday to urge New York lawmakers to do more to address climate change.

The coalition, called NY Renews, rallied outside the state Capitol before the Assembly voted late Wednesday to codify some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s clean-energy goals.

Environmental groups have long lobbied for more aggressive action on climate change, but the participation of the state’s powerful organized labor movement could give the effort more muscle in Albany.