On April 26th, Legislator Bridget Fleming held the first meeting of the Renewable Energy Jobs Task Force. As authorized by IR 1962-22, Legislator Fleming assembled a team of experts in the energy sector , education, business, and labor to assess how Suffolk County can effectively capitalize on a green energy future.
The meeting covered a variety of subjects that examined the current gaps in business and labor, the role of education, and awareness of federal and state funding. Through a comprehensive public analysis of the creation of good paying jobs and tapping into Suffolk County’s local manufacturing potential, the Task Force will compose a report to guide the County toward a future shaped by a successful clean energy vision.
Legislator Fleming said, “currently, the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act has $55 billion dollars worth of funding for renewable energy investments. Likewise, the New York State Environmental Bond Act carries $4.2 billion in opportunities. It will be critical for us to tap into these resources to advance the interests of Suffolk County.” Legislator Fleming along with the members of the task force are examining a range of strategies to harness the funds in a way that will provide opportunities for workers, educational programs, and domestic manufacturing that keeps labor and business on Long Island.
The next Renewable Energy Jobs Task Force Meeting will take place on June 28th at 2 PM at the Rose Caracappa Auditorium in Hauppauge.