Sturgeon Surges

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill increasing New York State’s powers to protect endangered species (like the Atlantic Sturgeon) from the threat of federal policies that weaken protections. The bill was based on research conducted by student clinicians in Pace’s Environmental Policy Clinic.⁠ Alumna Allie Granger ‘19, as a student, found a loophole in the five-decade old state law that would allow the US Department of the Interior to remove any species its designation had automatically placed on the New York State list, even if the state believed those species still needed protection. By helping to identify and close the loophole, endangered species in New York will maintain their protected status.