Ducks Unlimited recently signed a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting the governor take steps to ensure New York
remains eligible to receive federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Restoration Funds.
The Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson funds are federal dollars derived from taxes paid by sportsmen and women on ammunition, firearms, fishing tackle, boats and other outdoor equipment. The critical funds are then matched by states and used to restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat
New York was in danger of losing more than $20 million of these funds due to language included in the state's 2011-2012 budget, which eliminated the state's matching funds. DU joined 54 other conservation
organizations requesting Gov. Cuomo work with the legislature to ensure the federal dollars continue to flow to New York.
A budget recently released by the governor's office shows signs of progress on this front for DU and its conservation partners. "We are pleased that Gov. Cuomo's new budget contains language that protects New York's matching funds component," said Bernie Marczyk, DU Governmental Affairs Representative. "DU will continue to work with the legislature to make sure sportsmen's tax dollars are used to protect and enhance wildlife habitat."