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Investigation: Waste of the Day – Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand Secured $34 Million to Plant Trees in NY

By Adam Andrzejewski

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

Investigation by Adam Andrzejewski originally published by RealClearInvestigations.com and RealClearWire.com

While New York City struggles with a housing and migrant crisis, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) secured $20 million in federal funding for New York City to plant trees, The New York Post reported.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also secured another $14 million to plant trees in other cities across New York State.

The funding came from the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program, which received $1.5 billion in funds from the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022.

The program is part of the Biden Administration’s Justice40 initiative to promote environmental justice, and is meant to provide tree canopies and environmental justice to disadvantaged communities, according to its website.

In one press release, Schumer announced $11 million in funding for Syracuse, Auburn, and Central New York, while in another, he announced $3 million for Rochester. The press releases state the funding will be used to, “plant thousands of new trees and expand youth and job training programs helping make the community greener.”

Equity was a major focus of these investments, with Schumer saying in the press release that these locations represented some of New York’s “most underserved neighborhoods,” and with Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh stating, “With these funds, Syracuse will be better able carry out our goal to grow the canopy more equitably…”

Similarly, NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue said, “Thanks to this investment, our city will soon have more trees, expanded and more resilient forests, and new green jobs, helping us to further our commitment to expanding and preserving our natural environment.”

While there’s nothing wrong with planting trees, it’s difficult to imagine how this task requires $34 million. The total number of trees to be planted is unclear, though Auburn will plant 1,200, Central New York is planning for 10,000, and Rochester is anticipating 6,000.

The scale of the program is also arbitrary, and these communities could no doubt build their canopies and increase tree coverage with half of the number of trees and half the funding.

Programs like these, which borrow millions of dollars to spend on environmental justice programs, are partially why our country has dug itself into $33 trillion of debt, and their scale ought to be carefully considered.
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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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