Issues: Environment

E-Waste Collection

Senator Boyle will be hosting an event in which people can dispose of their electronics in an evironmentally safe manner.

October 17, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Urges Opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

(Brooklyn, NY - August 24, 2015) Writing in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Friday, Senator Jesse Hamilton  highlights the dangers the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement poses to New Yorkers. Senator Hamilton points to the secrecy with which the agreement is being written and the prospect of lawsuits from corporations over laws and regulations as major reasons for opposing the deal.  Senator Hamilton also expresses deep concern at the prospect of labor, consumer, and environmental protections being eroded by the trade deal, concluding that "Brooklyn will suffer with the passage of TPP".

August 24, 2015
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Krueger, Senators Oppose Bailout Of Cayuga Coal Power Plant

New York – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger was joined by Senators Breslin, Dilan, Hamilton, Hoylman, Latimer, Parker, Perkins and Serrano in submitting comments to the state Public Service Commission opposing the ratepayer-funded bailout and repowering of the Cayuga Lake coal power plant in Lansing, NY, in favor of transmission upgrades.

August 21, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Joins Colleagues, Community Advocates for Trans-Pacific Partnership Forum in Park Slope

(Brooklyn, NY - August 20, 2015) NYS Sen. Jesse Hamilton gave community residents at a Trans-Pacific Partnership Forum a preview of a letter to the NYS congressional delegation he is spearheading on the twelve nation, Pacific Rim trade agreement. The letter from New York State legislators expresses deep concerns about the trade agreement, echoing concerns raised by many of the legislators and advocates in attendance at the TPP Forum this evening. Participants in the forum, held in Park Slope, included US Rep. Yvette Clarke, a representative from US Rep. Nydia Velázquez, NYS Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, and NYS Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon.

August 20, 2015
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW ACCESSIBLE BOARDWALK COMPLETE AT STEWART STATE FOREST

New Boardwalk Will Provide Increased Access to the Great Swamp

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new accessible boardwalk and trail are now open to the public at Stewart State Forest in Orange County. Two new 400-foot sections of the boardwalk spanning the Great Swamp have been completed, providing visitors increased access to view the swamp habitat and wildlife. The $434,000 project was funded by the NY Works program.

August 20, 2015
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Senator Valesky Gets Onondaga Lake Update

Senator Valesky toured Onondaga Lake on August 17 with representatives from Honeywell, the agency that is cleaning up the lake. 

August 20, 2015
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RITCHIE: NEARLY 4,500 WASTE TIRES DISPOSED OF AT OSWEGO COUNTY TIRE TAKE BACK EVENTS

Brings Two Year Total of Tires Collected to Nearly 40,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that nearly 4,500 waste tires totaling nearly 70 tons have been eliminated as a result of last weekend’s free waste tire drop off events, held in Oswego County.  Tires disposed of brings the two year total of tires eliminated through the Senator’s initiative aimed at protecting public health and the environment, as well as cleaning up our region, to nearly 40,000, which translates to roughly 560 tons of tires.

“My free waste tire disposal initiative has been key to not only helping to clean up roadsides and yards littered with waste tires, but also to protecting the public health and environment in the counties I represent,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 19, 2015
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Low-Interest Loans Now Available For Those Impacted By The July Flooding

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed the necessary paperwork allowing qualified Chautauqua County residents and small-businesses devastated by the recent flooding to avail themselves of federal low-interest loans.

 

The loan program, offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses, non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. The loans can be used to make repairs or replace items damaged or destroyed during last month’s flooding, including: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets.

 

August 17, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle calls upon Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to stop ill-conceived plan to dump dredge spoils in LI Sound

Today, I joined with other elected officials, environmentalists, and civic leaders to call upon the Army Corp of engineers and the EPA to stop the ill-conceived plan for dumping dredge spoils in the Long Island Sound.

August 17, 2015
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Senator Young Announces $115,000 in State Funding to Clean and Preserve Cattaraugus County Waterways

Grants will help ongoing dredging and debris removal efforts, fight against invasive species

 

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today she has secured state assistance for necessary dredging and invasive species prevention in Cattaraugus County’s waterways.

 

As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained two $30,000 grants to cover the cost of dredging Conewango Creek and Thatcher Brook. The Senator also secured a $25,000 grant for Lime Lake, to assist with the lake’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species, and $30,000 for dredging and debris removal at dams within the county.

 

August 14, 2015
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DON’T FORGET: FREE WASTE TIRE DROP OFF TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY

Ritchie-Sponsored Events Happening at Transfer Stations Across Oswego County 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents that another round of free waste tire disposal events will take place on Saturday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon at transfer stations throughout Oswego County.

“Mosquitoes are small, but as we’ve seen, they can be deadly,” said Senator Ritchie.  “Waste tires have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million of these dangerous insects, and with every waste tire disposed of we are cutting down on the chances of someone contracting mosquito borne diseases like EEE or West Nile.”

August 13, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Demands Craigslist Crack Down on Sale of Ivory

Recent Report Shows Craigslist is a Trading Hub for Endangered Animal Parts like Elephant Ivory 

Calls on Founder Craig Newmark to Follow Competitors and Better Publicize Prohibitions, Invest in Filtering Software 

Hoylman: “Craigslist owes the public an explanation why it won’t stop the black market sale of endangered animal parts on its platform”

August 12, 2015
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Senator Panepinto Applauds Signing Of Erie County Microbead Prohibition Law

 

Panepinto: “A monumental step in effectively reversing the damage done to our waterways by these harmful pollutants - but it should not end here.” 

Buffalo, N.Y. - Today, Senator Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) applauded the actions of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, for signing the Local Microbead Prohibition legislation into law. Sponsored by Legislator Pat Burke and unanimously passed by the Erie County Legislature last month, the bill will remove hundreds of consumer products containing microbeads from area stores.

August 12, 2015
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THE NUMBERS ARE IN! JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS DISPOSE OF NEARLY 5,000 TIRES AT RITCHIE’S FREE DROP OFF EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that Jefferson County residents disposed of nearly 5,000 waste tires totaling 70 tons at a free drop off event hosted last weekend. 

The first of its kind in Jefferson County, Senator Ritchie’s free waste tire drop off was the most recent in a series of similar events she has hosted in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties, which aim to help clean up our region and rid roadsides and yards of waste tires that have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million disease-carrying mosquitoes. So far, more than 35,000 tires have been collected in the region Senator Ritchie represents through her waste tire drop off events.

August 7, 2015
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FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF EEE, RITCHIE REMINDS RESIDENTS OF WASTE TIRE DROP OFF ON AUGUST 15TH

Free Event Aimed at Stopping Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases 

In light of this week’s discovery of the mosquito borne EEE virus, State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents to dispose of waste tires at her free drop off events taking place on Saturday August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The free disposal events are part of a continuing effort by Senator Ritchie and local community leaders to not only clean up our region, but also to stop the spread of mosquito borne diseases like EEE and West Nile, as it’s estimated that one single waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million  mosquitoes.  In recent years, residents in Central and Northern New York have eliminated more than 35,000 waste tires through Senator Ritchie’s free drop off events.

August 7, 2015
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Westchester Hike with Your Senator

Hike the new Twin Lakes Trail with Senator David Carlucci and Hudson River Rambler to the highest point at the Teatown Lake Reservation. This new 2.3 mile long hike is a moderately strenuous loop trail. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and be prepared with water, sunscreen and bug spray.

To RSVP call 914-941-2054 or e-mail carlucci@nysenate.gov

September 26, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Buchwald, pass landmark legislation to cleanup Westchester waterways

VALHALLA, NY - Flooding and watershed concerns have plagued Westchester County for years but today Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman David Buchwald announced the signing of measures which will provide crucial funding for local municipalities to address these environmental needs. The legislation, which was signed by Governor Cuomo, adds the first tributaries in Westchester County to New York's list of inland waterways.

August 5, 2015
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST FREE WASTE TIRE DROP OFF ON SATURDAY

Event to Take Place in Jefferson County from 7:30 a.m. to Noon 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Jefferson County residents that they can dispose of waste tires for free at a special event on Saturday August 1st.

Hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Department, the free drop off is aimed at cleaning up the county and reducing the risk of disease, as one waste tire can act as breeding ground for up to one million mosquitoes, which carry deadly illnesses such as EEE and West Nile. 

“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly, they also can be harmful to our environment and pose a threat to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 30, 2015
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TOSS YOUR WASTE TIRES FOR FREE AT RITCHIE-SPONSORED EVENT

Free Waste Tire Disposal to Take Place in Jefferson County on August 1st

State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging residents to help clean up Jefferson County by participating in her free waste tire disposal event, taking place on August 1st at the Jefferson County Recycling Center. 

The disposal—which is similar to events that have resulted in the removal of more than 30,000 waste tires throughout Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties—is being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Department.

July 24, 2015
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New York State's 2nd Annual 'Invasive Species Awareness Week' ~ July 12-18, 2015 ~ On Tuesday, July 14, Senator O'Mara joins Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, DEC officials, other leaders for a community awareness event in Elmira

New York State's 2nd Annual "Invasive Species Awareness Week" is July 12-18, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14th, Senator O'Mara will join New York State Department of Environmental Officials, the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, and other local leaders for a community awarness event at the Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira. See photo above and read more HERE.

July 10, 2015
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