On Sept. 27, 2023, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft policy (DEP-23-1) to implement the environmental justice provisions of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), New York’s blueprint to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The policy is open for public comment until Nov. 27, 2023.

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Photo of Steven C. Russo Steven C. Russo

Steven C. Russo co-chairs the Environmental Practice and chairs the firm’s New York Environmental Practice. He focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation, environmental permitting, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) review, toxic tort litigation, environmental crimes,

Steven C. Russo co-chairs the Environmental Practice and chairs the firm’s New York Environmental Practice. He focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation, environmental permitting, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) review, toxic tort litigation, environmental crimes, Brownfields redevelopment, government, energy and the environmental aspects of land use and real estate law. Steven is equally experienced litigating in federal and state courts, as well as counseling his clients with regard to environmental liability risk and due diligence, permitting, Brownfields, and impact assessment and review. He also practices election and campaign finance law.

Prior to joining the firm, Steven was the Chief Legal Officer of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. There, he supervised approximately 90 attorneys in Albany, as well as the agency’s nine regional offices. He also supervised the agency’s legislative affairs department and Office of Environmental Justice. At the agency, Steven initiated a reform of the state’s environmental review regulations and assessment forms, completed the issuance of new power plant siting regulations pertaining to environmental justice and carbon emissions and revised the agency’s environmental audit policy.

Photo of Jane McLaughlin Jane McLaughlin

Jane McLaughlin has extensive governmental and legislative experience, having served as Director of Legislative Affairs in the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Legislative Counsel in the New York State Department of Health, and as Legislative Counsel and Committee Director in the New…

Jane McLaughlin has extensive governmental and legislative experience, having served as Director of Legislative Affairs in the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Legislative Counsel in the New York State Department of Health, and as Legislative Counsel and Committee Director in the New York State Senate. Jane has also served as counsel to the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officers (NYCOM), working on various matters pertaining to municipal government. She has worked on a wide variety of matters and legislation, including matters involving the environment, health care, procurement, telecommunications, election law, and water/sewer law.

Photo of Jenna Rackerby Jenna Rackerby

Jenna Rackerby is a member of the Environmental Practice in Greenberg Traurig’s New York office.