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New York State Constitution (1894)

Article I, Section 19:

“Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” (Added by vote of the people on November 2, 2021.)

Article XIV, Section 1:

“The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed. Nothing herein contained shall prevent the state from constructing, completing and maintaining any highway heretofore specifically authorized by constitutional amendment…”