Issues: Environment

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

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
Read more...

Krueger, Ortiz Announce Fossil Fuel Divestment Act

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz today announced the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (S.5873/A.8011), which would require the State Comptroller to divest the Common Retirement Fund (CRF) from fossil fuel holdings by 2020. They were joined in this announcement by Bill McKibben, Peter Yarrow and other advocates.

July 7, 2015
Read more...

State announces start of grant program to help localities with critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects ~ Read more and access applications ~ O'Mara says program good for local environments, economies, and taxpayers

Albany, N.Y., July 2--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) today highlighted an announcement by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and Department of Health (DOH) that $50 million in water infrastructure grants is now available to local governments for assistance in undertaking critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. 

In total over the next three years, $200 million in grants will become available to local governments under the new "Water Infrastructure Improvement Act."

July 2, 2015
Read more...

Federal Duck Stamp went on sale this week ~ Prized by hunters, conservationists and stamp collectors alike ~ It's great history, beautiful art and one of America's finest conservation initiatives ~ And this year's stamp artist hails from Western New York!

The Federal Duck Stamp went on sale this week -- an annual event that's highly anticipated by hunters, conservationists and stamp collectors alike in New York State and across the nation.

Now in its 82nd year, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp represents one of America's finest and most successful conservation efforts.

And this year's stamp artist -- a highly competitive and prestigious honor -- is Jennifer Miller from Olean, New York. Congratulations Jennifer!

July 1, 2015
Read more...

Senator Young Announces State Funding to Clean and Preserve Chautauqua Lake

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) has announced that she secured state assistance for invasive species prevention for Chautauqua Lake.

 

As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), to support the organization’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species that can wreak havoc on the lake if not controlled.

 

July 1, 2015
Read more...

Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases

 

ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.

 

The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.

 

June 24, 2015
Read more...

Ortt's Geothermal Energy Bill Heading to Governor's Desk

Senator Ortt sponsored a bill that recently passed in both houses of the state Legislature allowing for "green" tax credits.

June 24, 2015
Read more...
June 23, 2015
Read more...

Protecting the Palisades

Senator Espaillat Praises Settlement Between LG and Environmental Groups on Palisades Tower 

Upper Manhattan-- Today electronics giant LG and environmental groups in New York and New Jersey reached a settlement to reduce the size of the proposed LG tower by more than half. 

June 23, 2015
Read more...

SENATOR MARTINS JOINS SENATOR GILLIBRAND IN CALLING ON WASHINGTON TO PROTECT THE LONG ISLAND SOUND

Urge Passage of Bill to Continue Investment in Restoring the Long Island Sound

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in calling on Washington to pass legislation that would continue federal investment to restore the Long Island Sound. The two Senators, together with other local elected officials and environmental leaders, made the call for action at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.

June 23, 2015
Read more...

Senate unanimously approves O'Mara legislation to create paint recycling program, remove costly local burden ~ O'Mara points to it as example of government-industry cooperation on important environmental concerns ~ Calls for Assembly action

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, to establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” to reduce a costly burden on local governments and taxpayers who are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most post-consumer paint, create local jobs, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.

June 19, 2015
Read more...

Senator Brad Hoylman Partners With U.S. Fish and Wildlife And NYS DEC to Destroy More than One Ton of Illegal Ivory in Times Square

"Ivory Crush" event, initiated by Senator Hoylman, seeks to raise awareness about illegal ivory trade and wildlife crimes against elephants

Hoylman: "An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. If we are to protect this magnificent species from extinction we need to raise awareness about the trade of illegal ivory and choke off consumer demand."

June 19, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblymen Steve Englebright and Dean Murray Pass Legislation to Regulate Commercial Mulch Operations

The bill, which passed both houses of the legislature, seeks to regulate mulching facilities out of concern for public health, safety and welfare

June 17, 2015
Read more...

SENATOR LARKIN’S ANNEXATION OVERSIGHT BILLS PASS IN THE SENATE

“I am pleased that we have passed my annexation oversight bills today in the Senate. We desperately need more appropriate oversight on annexations that could have such a significant impact on our region.  The passage of these bills have been my top priority throughout this entire process and I never stopped fighting on behalf of my constituents.  The Assembly will now be tasked with sending these bills to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  I urge Governor Cuomo to sign these bills into law as soon as possible.”

June 16, 2015
Read more...

SENATOR HOYLMAN DENOUNCES REPUBLICANS' REVAMPED 'CHILD SAFE PRODUCTS ACT'; DROPS COSPONSORSHIP OF LEGISLATION

Hoylman: "We shouldn't compromise on safety, especially for kids. This proposal is a pale imitation of a bill that would have gone a long way toward protecting our children from toxic toys." 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Ranking Member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, denounced a new version of the Child Safe Products Act put forward by Senate Republicans and announced he would drop his co-sponsorship of the legislation.

June 16, 2015
Read more...

As Final Week of Session Nears, Senators Kennedy, Panepinto Join Local Leaders to Demand Action on Microbead Legislation

With Hundreds of Thousands of Plastics Particles Found in Great Lakes, Concern Over NY Water Quality is at All-Time High

 Nearly Two Months After Assembly Passage, WNY Leaders Say There’s No Excuse for Lack of Senate Action on Microbead Bill This Year

June 15, 2015
Read more...

Senator Brad Hoylman Initiates “Ivory Crush” To Be Held This Friday In Times Square

 Senator Hoylman: "An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. If we are to protect this magnificent species from extinction we need to raise awareness about the trade of illegal ivory and choke off consumer demand."

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman, Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said: “I'm proud to have initiated this effort by writing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to request an ivory crush in Times Square in my district because New York City is the epicenter of the illegal ivory trade. 

June 15, 2015
Read more...

SENATOR NOZZOLIO CONGRATULATES CHERYL LONGYEAR OF PORT BYRON

Senator Mike Nozzolio this week congratulated Cheryl Longyear of Port Byron in Albany for receiving the "public Leadership" award by Parks & Trails New York in recognition of  her efforts to spearhead the development of a new trail system in the Montezuma Heritage Park.  Cheryl was joined at the State Capitol by her husband Stan.

June 12, 2015
Read more...
Syndicate content