Gov. David Paterson’s recently released 2010-11 budget includes a $79-million cut to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). For 16 years, the EPF has been the state’s dedicated account for projects with wide-ranging economic and environmental benefits. These projects create jobs, attract tourists and help drive the Hudson Valley’s emerging green economy. The proposed cuts will bring all this to a screeching halt — slashing the Hudson River Estuary Program and placing a moratorium on all state land acquisition projects.