Issues: Environment

Sen. Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt talks about the events he took part in during Earth Week and the environmentally-friendly bills he sponsored that passed in the Senate on Earth Day. He also talks about the Equal Pay bill for women that is awaiting the governor's signature. Sen. Ortt talks about other stops he made throughout his district.

May 1, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Room 801 LOB

May 5, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Park Cleaned Up During ‘Love Your Block’ Campaign

“I was proud to take part in the Love Your Block campaign, and I am glad that the love in our community for Astoria Heights Park continues to translate into tangible improvements at this playground,” said Gianaris. “I commend Lynn Kennedy and all the Friends of Astoria Heights Park for their continued efforts on this front and vow to continue working with Councilman Constantinides and Assemblywoman Simotas to preserve, protect and improve public space in our community.”

Head to the Western Queens Gazette for more on how Senator Gianaris is working with the community to improve our park. 

April 30, 2015
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Ribbon cut on $2 million playground renovation

“I am thrilled that Sunnysiders will get to enjoy the new and improved Thomas P. Noonan playground ahead of schedule, and just in time for spring. This park is not only a monument to veterans and a Sunnyside hero, but also an escape from city life that provides local children with the open space they desperately need," Senator Gianaris said about the playground ribbon cutting. 

Read on at the Queens Ledger for more info on this new and improved public space. 

April 30, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would make it a criminal offense for those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S834) would help deter criminal activity and prevent environmental crimes.

In one related incident that took place in the Town of Greece, Monroe County, criminals broke into a spare electrical transformer owned by Rochester Gas and Electric, and stole copper to resell for profit. Removal of the copper resulted in 4,800 gallons of oil being drained from the transformer, causing land and water contamination of the surrounding environment with an estimated remediation cost of over $1 million.

April 29, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would make it a criminal offense for those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime.

April 28, 2015
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Yonkers Arbor Day Celebration

(Yonkers - April 24th) The students from Museum School 25 in Yonkers helped celebrate Arbor Day with the Senator, Mayor Michael Spano and City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino at Trevor Park. Did you know that Yonkers is a "Tree City USA" because it meets standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters? Happy Arbor Day!

April 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Eliminate the Use of Back Tags for Hunters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced the Senate has passed a bill (S-92) that will eliminate a requirement that hunters display and wear back tags while hunting in New York State.  The legislation would amend environmental conservation law and eliminate confusion over hunting requirements.  

April 27, 2015
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Senator Serrano Celebrates "Adirondack Day" in Albany

Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, celebrated "Adirondack Day" in Albany.  The Senator joined his colleague, Senator Betty Little, in helping promote tourism and encouraging everyone to explore the Adirondacks and all the parks and historic sites New York State has to offer.

April 27, 2015
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Finger Lakes Land Trust announces funding for regional tourism and conservation projects ~ O'Mara highlights importance of Environmental Protection Fund

Ithaca, N.Y., April 23–The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced today that it has been awarded a total of $51,000 for regional conservation and tourism projects through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.

"One of the true highlights of the recently enacted state budget is that we strengthened the Environmental Protection Fund, and this is exactly why," said State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. 

April 23, 2015
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TOSS YOUR TIRES! RITCHIE REMINDS PUBLIC OF FREE WASTE TIRE DROP-OFFS SATURDAY

$15 Fee to be Waived at St. Lawrence County Events Taking Place During “Earth Week” 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding St. Lawrence County residents that as part of Earth Week, she will be hosting two free waste tire drop-off events on Saturday, April 25th.

Being made possible with special funding secured by Senator Ritchie in the State Budget, the events—which are aimed at cleaning up the county, protecting the environment and stopping the spread of illnesses—are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department.  In addition to this weekend’s events, Senator Ritchie will also host free tire drop-offs on May 9th.

“Across our region, many people are celebrating Earth Week by making an extra effort to tidy up their yards and get rid of waste and debris that pollutes our planet,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 23, 2015
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Murphy Promotes Key Environmental Bills in Honor of Earth Day

ALBANY, NY - Earlier today the New York State Senate celebrated Earth Day by passing several measures experts say echo the initiatives once championed in the halls of Albany by President Theodore Roosevelt. Senator Terrence P. Murphy, who as a local councilman had a long history of progressing environmental initiatives announced his support and sponsorship of key pieces of legislation.

"When it comes to the environment we must find ways to preserve the beauty of our state for future generations," Murphy said. "New York has a long history of leading the nation when it comes to promoting and embracing environmental initiatives and I am proud to continue this legacy on Earth Day."

April 22, 2015
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In Honor Of Earth Week, Senate Passes Senator Young's Legislation To Protect And Preserve Our Environment

Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism

 

ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.

 

April 22, 2015
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Senate Celebrates Earth Day and Passes Package of Bills to Protect the Environment

The New York State Senate today celebrated Earth Day and passed an extensive package of bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 22, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S BILL TO PROMOTE EDUCATION IN HUNTING, FISHING, AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION IN HIGH SCHOOLS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that his bill, Senate Bill S.4368 has passed the Senate. This bill would instruct the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to work the Board of Regents to develop an education program that local school districts could choose to utilize, relating to hunting, fishing and outdoor education as a means to present students in grades nine through twelve with information about outdoor recreation opportunities.

April 22, 2015
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Ortt, Senate Celebrates Earth Day and Passes Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

Senator Ortt Sponsored Three Environmental Bills Passed Today 

In recognition of Earth Day, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced three environmental bills he sponsored have passed in the New York State Senate. These bills were part of a package of bills the Senate passed today that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities.

April 22, 2015
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Release: Avella Marks Earth Day by Introducing Battery Recycling Bill

(ALBANY, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella was joined by Eliot Seol, an 11-year-old student from Queens, to introduce a bill (S.4522) that would require New York State to establish a recycling stewardship program for all “single use” batteries. The bill was drafted by Senator Avella, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, after Eliot brought the idea to the Senator’s attention.

April 22, 2015
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Release: Senate Passes Avella's Mute Swan Bill

On Earth Day, State Senator Tony Avella announced that the New York State Senate passed his bill aimed at protecting mute swans.

For the second year in a row, the Senate passed Senator Avella’s bill (S.1555) that would place a two year moratorium on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to completely eradicate New York State’s entire mute swan population. Since DEC announced the controversial plan in 2013, declaring the species “invasive,” it has been met with criticism from animal rights activists and various lawmakers. Senator Avella has led the fight by calling on DEC to rethink their eradication plan and instead implement a non-lethal method for controlling the mute swan population, which currently amounts to 2,200 birds throughout the state.

April 22, 2015
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Environmental Package

ALBANY, 04/22/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. 

April 22, 2015
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