Issues: Environment

RITCHIE TO HOST FREE WASTE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS

$15 Drop-Off Fee to be Waived at Events in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging North Country residents to take the weekend to collect waste tires to be disposed of at her “Free Tire Drop-Off “ events taking place in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th. 

The free events are being made possible with special funding Senator Ritchie secured in the State Budget, and are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department in an effort to clean up the county, protect the environment and reduce the spreading of illnesses by eliminating tires that can act as breeding ground for disease-carrying insects. 

“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly—they’re a danger to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 17, 2015
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Wildlife Conservation Society's Zoos and Aquariums Accepting Applications for Summer Discovery Guide Program at the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium

Discovery Guides are volunteers who are important to the day-to-day operation of the zoos and aquarium. They work within the zoo and aquarium’s education department to interpret exhibits, interact with visitors, and assist with public events and activities.

April 16, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Requests More Equate Testing

Senator Ortt, along with Senator Gallivan and Assemblywoman Corwin, aired concerns about the use of equate in the Town of Wheatfield and other parts of Niagara County. They sent a joint letter asking the state DEC to do additional studies on determining the impact of the use equate in municipalities.  Read the full story by The Niagara Gazette.  

April 15, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SPEAKS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS ABOUT PROTECTING LONG ISLAND’S WATER SUPPLY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with members of Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, local officials, water providers, and community groups to discuss aquifer protection.  The meeting was held in response to a plan put forth by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reopen 23 shuttered wells in Queens and draw approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island’s drinking water supply.  

April 15, 2015
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GO GREEN, AND CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 14, 2015
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Sweep In Spring with Senator Rich Funke

You are invited to join Canal Sweep weekend, sponsored by the State Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails New York, set for April 17th through the 19th. With over 300 miles of canal running through our State, there’s no shortage of work to be done to get this destination waterway ship-shape for spring and summer.

My staff and I are adopting a stretch of the canal behind our District Office during Canal Sweep weekend, and we’d love to have your help. Our event will kick-off on Friday, April 17th at 10:30 am on the south side of the canal near the Main Street Lift Bridge in Fairport, directly behind Packets Landing. We’ll have everything you’ll need, from bags and tools to snacks and water, so the only thing you’ll need to bring is a can-do spirit.

April 8, 2015
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SENATORS HERALD STATE FUNDING FOR OWASCO LAKE

 

State Senators Mike Nozzolio, John DeFrancisco and James L. Seward announced today that the new state budget includes a major win for one of Cayuga County’s key natural resources.

 

April 3, 2015
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State Budget Funding To Address Owasco Lake Water Quality

ALBANY, 04/01/15 -- State Senators John DeFrancisco, Mike Nozzolio and James L. Seward announced today that the new state budget includes a major win for one of Cayuga County’s key natural resources.

The senators announced that $600,000 in state funding has been awarded to the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed.

April 1, 2015
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State Budget Includes Funding For The Catskill Park

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam)  announced today that they have secured $500,000 in this year’s state budget to promote economic growth and preservation measures for the Catskill Park.

Senators Amedore and Seward successfully fought for the funding after receiving a request from the Catskill Park Coalition.  

March 31, 2015
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Fight to Protect Our Drinking Water

New York City wants to reopen 23 dormant wells in Queens and pump approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island's drinking water supply while the City repairs its existing water infrastructure. Such a drastic increase could potentially cause major changes to our water supply, including saltwater intrusion, changes to the water table, and shifting flow patterns of both water and plumes.

Senator Martins is sponsoring legislation that would require an environmental review, with the State Department of Environmental Conservation acting as the lead agency, before the City could turn on the wells. This is an important level of oversight to ensure that science, not politics, determines whether the City's plan will harm our water supply.

March 27, 2015
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Senator Young Partners with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking, and Fredonia to Host "Spring Cleaning" E-recycling Event

Residents can dispose of old, unwanted electronics, free of charge

 

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) announced today that she will be partnering with e-recycler Sunnking, Time Warner Cable, and the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee to offer a free e-recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fredonia’s Services Complex, located on Ring Road on the Fredonia campus.

 

March 23, 2015
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Senator Serrano Hosts Episode of "Represent NYC" Discussing Earth Hour on MNN1

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano hosted an episode of "Represent NYC" on MNN1, a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), that gives local elected officials the opportunity to update the community about the issues that shape our city. The Senator, along with guest panel experts, Marcia Bystryn, President of New York League of Conservation Voters and Aurash Khawarzad, Policy Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, discussed issues surrounding climate change and specifically the global environmental action called Earth Hour. 

March 22, 2015
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Senator Serrano Fights for State Parks Funding

Senator Serrano Leads Sign-On Letter With Colleagues Urging the Governor & Legislative Leaders to Maintain Proposed Parks Funding

March 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 24, 2015  Room 801 LOB

March 24, 10:00 AM - 10:21 AM
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Statement from Sen. Krueger On EANY’s Brownfield Cleanup Program Analysis

New York -- Senator Liz Krueger issued the following statement today upon the release of an analysis by Environmental Advocates of New York of the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, titled Ripe for Reform.  The analysis reveals that the current program p

March 19, 2015
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March 19, 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

One Oar in the Water

     I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” She was usually describing somebody who was pursuing this or that bad idea and who just didn’t see things clearly. That’s why it’s the perfect title for this week’s message.

March 16, 2015
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