Senator Kevin Parker Lauds Cuomo Administration’s Stand for Public Health and Safe Water
(Brooklyn, NY)- “Today, the Cuomo Administration announced that it would ban high volume hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as hydrofracking, because it could contaminate the air and water and pose incalculable dangers to the public health.
"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said. "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.
Hoylman: “I’m proud that today New York State stood up to Big Oil and shale industry profiteers in favor of our kids”
New York, NY — Today, Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s announcement that it will issue a legally-binding findings statement prohibiting hydrofracking in New York State:
I applaud Governor Cuomo for allowing the science regarding hydraulic fracturing to determine if drilling should be allowed in New York and I commend the experts at the State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health for their diligent work on this matter. The Senate Democratic Conference has been a leader in the fight to protect our state’s natural resources and New Yorkers’ health and we are glad that Governor Cuomo’s administration stands united with us in this effort.
(Albany, NY)- Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo banned Hydraulic Fracturing (hydrofracking or fracking) throughout New York State. This major announcement comes after the Department of Health, citing numerous studies on the negative consequences of hydrofracking, presented their recommendation to ban the practice in New York State.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Appreciation Award” from the New York Association of Conservation Districts (NYACD).
NYACD represents Soil and Water Conservation Districts located in counties throughout New York State. NYACD represents and supports individual districts as they work to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources.
Senator Young was recently recognized with the honor during an award ceremony at NYACD’s annual conference in Utica, New York.
It’s hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. If last year is any indication of what the coming months hold, it’s a good idea to take steps now to protect your home from the cold temperatures, whipping winds and mountains of snow. Here are some of the most beneficial steps you can take to safeguard your home and save on heating costs at the same time in the coming season:
(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano visited the winner of the New York State Senate's Earth Day Poster contest at theSacred Heart School in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. Senator Serrano presented the winning student, Amaris Vargas with a enlarged replica copy of the winning poster. Up until now the winning poster has been on display in the Senator's District Office. The presentation took place during art class in front of teachers, students and family members. This year marks the 2nd year in a row that a student from the Bronx has won the contest.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with volunteers in cleaning up Baxter’s Pond/Barbara Johnson Park and Preserve in Port Washington. The cleanup was organized by the Baxter’s Pond Foundation.
Senator Martins (second row center) is pictured with Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Baxter Estates Deputy Mayor Charles Comer, Baxter Estates Trustee Nora Haagenson, Baxter’s Pond Foundation President Nancy Comer, and volunteers from the Baxter’s Pond Foundation at the cleanup event.
ONEONTA, 10/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconfigure and expedite its plan for road repairs and resolution of property ownership issues associated with a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County.
“While the Department of Transportation (DOT) has put work along State Route 80 on hold since I advocated on behalf of property owners in September, several issues remain unresolved,” said Senator Seward. “In addition, homeowners and local government officials have been stonewalled when seeking tangible information on the status of the project and property ownership concerns.”
State Senator Stewart-Cousins received an 88 on the Environmental Scorecard this year, the highest score of any legislative leader in the New York State Senate. Each year, EPL/Environmental Advocates tracks the voting records of state legislators, assigning points to how they vote or take action on specific environmental legislation.
“Protecting the environment and preserving the natural beauty of our state are top priorities of mine,” said Stewart-Cousins. “The people I represent in the 35th State Senate District can rest assured that I am a strong advocate for preserving the Hudson River, and protecting our drinking water and our children from toxic chemicals.”
(Albany, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, was ranked one of the most environmentally conscious members of the New York State Senate. TheEPL/Environmental Advocates scorecard, which tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment, gave Senator Serrano a score of 96.
Woodhaven, NY (October 2, 2014) – In their biggest and busiest Recycling Event to date, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblymember Michael Miller announced that 45,500 pounds of waste was dropped off by many environmentally minded residents.
On Monday, September 29th, Senator Bill Perkins was proud to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and attendant celebration of the new Robert L. Clinkscales Playground and Community Garden on West 146th Street in Harlem.
This universally accessible park—born of reclaimed land that once stood dormant—is the perfect tribute to the inspiring legacy of Robert L. Clinkscales, a beloved and tireless community activist in Harlem who launched an initiative to “take back” Jackie Robinson Park for the whole community in the 1990’s and called together the very first meetings and laid out a comprehensive community vision for the park that now bears his name.