Issues: Environment

Griffo To Host E-Cycling + Document Shred + Shed The Meds Event Saturday in Rome

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is sponsoring a free drop-off Saturday for local residents to properly dispose of their electronics, confidential documents and unused and expired medication.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westgate Shopping Plaza, 1148 Erie Boulevard West. The senator is partnering with Time Warner Cable, Confidata, Sunnking and the Rome Police Department for the event.

“This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of junk that is taking up unnecessary space in your house,” said Griffo. “The services we offer are free and there are no questions asked.”

September 30, 2014
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Seward Funding Aids Major Schoharie County Flood Project

MIDDLEBURGH, 09/29/14 –  The Schoharie Valley delegation of U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, New York State Senator James L. Seward and New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez joined to announce funding for a major stream rehabilitation project for flood prone areas of Schoharie County and to reduce the financial impact on Schoharie County taxpayers.  

September 29, 2014
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New law to aid invasive species fight

Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday approved legislation directing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species.

Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec were sponsors of the measure.

September 26, 2014
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Senator LaValle: Download Lyme Disease Information & Hurricane Checklist here

Please use the links below to download copies of the Lymes Disease Information Brochure and the Hurricane checklist -

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lyme disease information

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Hurricane check list

September 23, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HOST FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Events Held in Conjunction With St. Lawrence County Highway Department

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host two free waste tire disposal events in St. Lawrence County on Saturday, September 27th. 

The events—which are being held in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department—are aimed at cleaning up St. Lawrence County, preventing the spread of illnesses by eliminating tires that breed disease carrying insects and protecting the environment.

“My free waste tire disposal events provide a great opportunity to help clean up our community, prevent the spread of disease and keep St. Lawrence County beautiful,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“I’d like to thank the St. Lawrence County Highway Department, especially it’s Superintendent, Donald Chambers for their help in hosting these very important events which will give residents the opportunity to get rid of waste tires without the typical $15 fee.”

September 23, 2014
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SENATOR TONY AVELLA STANDS AGAINST HYDROFRACKING IN PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH

(Queens, NY) Sunday, State Sen. Tony Avella joined Catskill Mountainkeeper and other "fracktivist" groups at the People's Climate March. 

 

September 22, 2014
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Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014
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AS DREDGING BEGINS, RITCHIE VISITS LAKE NEATAHWANTA

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lake Neatahwanta recently week, as dredging began on the lake in an effort to restore it for use by the public again.

September 11, 2014
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St. John's Riverside Hospital Green Roof Press Conference

Senator Stewart-Cousins got to see the green results - the new green roof on St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers on Wednesday, September 10th. 24,000 square feet or 70% of the asphalt roof was removed and replaced with green, grassy plants. The plants capture and recycle the rainwater, removing it from the stormwater runoff that would end up in the Hudson River below. And the green roof also helps the hospital improve its energy-efficiency in terms of heating and cooling needs. A nearly million dollar state grant, through the Regional Economic Development Council and the State's Environmental Facilities Corporation, made the project possible.

September 10, 2014
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Pierson Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 9th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Drew Fixell, Village Administrator Michael Blau, and other elected officials and friends at a ribbon cutting ceremony which celebrated the opening of the redesigned and revitalized Pierson Park and Andre Brook in the Village of Tarrytown. Since the revilatization project began in 2008, the Senator was a strong supporter of the Village's efforts to create an oasis and recreation spot along the Hudson River which was made possible by a total of $3.2 million in grants from various agencies including the Department of State ($2.37 million).

September 10, 2014
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Senator Gallivan Sponsors Electronic Recycling Event

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is teaming up with Sunnking, Time Warner Cable and the East Leads student organization at West Seneca East High School for an electronics recycling event on Saturday, September 27.  Residents can drop-off and properly dispose of electronic devices free of charge between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the school at 4760 Seneca Street.  Those dropping off items should enter the school from Center Street.

September 27, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

 

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September 4, 2014
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Sen. Krueger in the Daily News: "The evidence is in, so ban fracking"

On Monday, the Daily News published an op-ed from Sen. Krueger on fracking! The conclusion:

New York finds itself at a crossroads. We know that, with the technology and engineering methods currently in use, fracking is inherently dangerous and would result in irreversible harm to New Yorkers; health, our natural resources and our billion-dollar agricultural industry.

Yet the Cuomo administration is still officially reviewing how fracking impacts people’s health.

The state’s highest court recently upheld the rights of cities and towns to ban fracking within their borders. This is a step in the right direction, but pollutants caused by fracking will not conform to municipal boundaries. As elected officials, it is our job to weigh the facts and science, and then act to protect New Yorkers.

It is time for both houses of the state Legislature to pass a bill banning fracking — and for Gov. Cuomo to sign it.

September 3, 2014
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to combat invasive species signed into law

Albany, N.Y., September 2 —Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-125th District) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and statewide, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

September 2, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Tours Glenmere Lake, Village of Florida

Senator Bonacie met with concerned citizens and elected officials on Friday, August 29, 2014 to talk about the harmful effect of vegetation in Glenmere Lake.  This is the main water supply for the residents of  Florida.  “We will continue to work with the DEC to try to look for a solution to address the concerns of our constituents,” said the Senator.

(Pictured l to r): Village Trustees John Barczak, Brian Slattery, and Thomas Fuller; Jan Jansen and Mayor Pawliczek.

August 29, 2014
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Earth Day Poster Winner - Christian Capella from Tuxedo Park School

Senator Bonacic congratulates first grader, Christian Capella, from Tuxedo Park School on being the Earth Day poster winner from the Senator's 42nd district.   

August 29, 2014
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Senator Carlucci & Larkin Help Fund Hudson River Research

Senators Carlucci & Larkin joined Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries|Clarkson University President & CEO Dr. Timothy Sugrue in Stony Point today to announce $300,000 in funding to support the study of the Hudson River.

This monitoring network and its data management systems will change the landscape for both river science and the stewardship of New York’s waterways.  

August 29, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS FOR BLACK LAKE

$100,000 in state funds caps three-year effort to battle invasive weeds in St. Lawrence County's biggest lake

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help fight weeds on Black Lake, a popular spot for fishing, boating and outdoor recreation in St. Lawrence County.

In recent years, Eurasian Milfoyle—a non-native nuisance weed which forms dense mats of vegetation that shades out native species—has plagued Black Lake; disrupting water flow, hurting water quality, and hampering boating, fishing and swimming. 

 “For generations, Black Lake has provided countless opportunities for outdoor recreation to both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m thrilled to be able to provide this funding which will improve the quality of and access to Black Lake—two things that are critical not only to boosting tourism but also for enjoyment by those who call Northern New York home.”

August 29, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $200,000 FOR DREDGING OF LAKE NEATAHWANTA

Builds Upon Past Aid for a Total of $400,000 to Support Dredging Efforts

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $200,000 in special funding to help the City of Fulton and the Town of Granby in their work to dredge Lake Neatahwanta and ultimately make the body of water usable again. This most recent support—which comes just days before dredging is slated to begin—builds upon $200,000 secured last year by Senator Ritchie; bringing the two year total to $400,000.

“The bodies of water that dot Oswego County are some of the most beautiful in the world and for a long time, residents have been working to help improve water quality and access to the waterways which offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities as well as support jobs and attract tourists to our region,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 22, 2014
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Seward Bill For Cortlandville Park Signed By Governor

ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, allowing the Town of Cortlandville to acquire a parcel of land for park purposes, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

“This legislation clears the way for new recreational opportunities for residents of Cortlandville and the surrounding communities at little or no cost to the town,” said Senator Seward.  “As we continue to search for affordable, environmentally sound family activities, more and more people turn to our parks.  This is a great way to showcase our natural beauty and get more people outdoors.” 

August 18, 2014
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