Issues: Environment

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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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

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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What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014
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NYC Parks Cuts Ribbon on Queensbridge Seawall Park

Senator Gianaris was thrilled to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the much-anticipated Queensbridge Seawall Park. 

Read the whole story at the Broadway World

August 15, 2014
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Daily News: "Activists, Elected Officials Demand Public Hearings After Review of Waste Facility"

The Daily News reports on a press conference Sen. Krueger attended with fellow East Side and Manhattan elected officials and Pledge 2 Protect:

Advocates and elected officials called on the Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct a full review of the controversial E. 91st St. marine transfer site and hold public hearings on changes in the area's environmental conditions. Since the permit to build the transfer site was issued in 2009, there have been changes in air quality and flood elevations, the activists and politicians argued at City Hall Thursday.

August 14, 2014
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August 11, 2014
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In the News: Solar Capacity in New York Grew 30% (Source: The Lansing Star Online)

Source: The Lansing Star Online

Environment New York Research & Policy Center released a new report: "Lighting the Way” Tuesday showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 30% increase in New York State in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

August 8, 2014
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Senator LaValle: Lyme disease brochure and Task Force Report available for downloading

Please click the links below to download the Lyme Disease Information Brochure, and, if you wish, the NY Senate Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Report.

 

 

August 6, 2014
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