Issues: Climate Change

Statement From Senator Krueger Regarding Governor's Veto of Hydrofracking Legislation

While I am glad that Governor Paterson has recognized the severity of this situation, I am disappointed that he has decided to veto such important legislation and has instead opted for a scenario that creates an easily exploitable loophole. The fact is that this legislation was drafted in a very specific manner to ensure that we put a temporary hold on all drilling that could do irreparable harm to areas of the State of New York. The Executive Order the Governor signed gives us some delay on some types of drilling, but it still leaves the State of New York vulnerable to overzealous gas companies who wish to make up for the ban on horizontal drilling by increasing the number of vertical drills.

December 13, 2010

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer named AIANYS Legislator of the Year

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.

October 19, 2010

Environmental Groups, Community Advocates and Elected Officials Herald Enactment of New Smart Growth Law

Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.

October 19, 2010

Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill Becomes Law

Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010.  The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

September 7, 2010


Senator Savino Joins Democratic Colleagues, Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to Urge Moratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water (New York, NY) Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations.  The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9.

August 11, 2010

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

This summer New York has experienced record-breaking heat, which has lead New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where there are cooler temperatures. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:

Use Energy Star Products

Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.


Energy Saving Tips-2.pdf

August 5, 2010

Smart Growth Act could fix state's infrastructure

By: Peter B. Fleischer

New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.

Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.

July 12, 2010

Staten Island Cooling Centers: Where to Go

This weekend we are expecting record high temperatures. Staten Islanders can go cool off at one of the following cooling centers:

Mariners Harbor22 Roxbury St Staten Island, N.Y. 10303 (718) 494-1818

South Beach126 Lamport Blvd Staten Island, N.Y. 10305 (718) 448-5854

West Brighton230 Broadway Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (718) 727-9763

Berry Houses26 Dongan Hill AvenueStaten Island, NY 10306(718) 351-3466

July 2, 2010

Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Plan to Lower Costs for Homeowners & Businesses

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed a legislative package that will significantly reduce the costs of energy for homeowners and businesses statewide, putting money back into the pockets of families and making businesses more competitive. Not only is the adoption of energy efficiency programs beneficial economically but such programs help the State to achieve its environmental goals by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants, improving quality of life throughout the state. 

June 23, 2010

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Antoine Thompson, Chair   Monday, June 14, 2010 Off the Floor

June 14, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Antoine Thompson, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 901 LOB

June 8, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Aubertine Holds Bipartisan Roundtable on Legislation Intended to Limit New York’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Meeting expands dialogue with business groups to better gauge bill’s impact and effectiveness

May 26, 2010

Conference Of Black Senators Releases Their Signature Agenda Issues

Yesterday, the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS) unveiled their 2010 Signature Agenda issues and expressed their concerns regarding these particular bills not being brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Members of CBS truly believe that African American Communities have suffered long enough within the areas of Economic Development, Education, Health, Housing, Environment, Crime, Racism and Discrimination.

May 25, 2010

Senator Dilan Urges Commuters to Cycle to Work During Annual Bike to Work Week

National Bike to Work Week kicked off Monday in New York, and Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is encouraging commuters across the state to ride their bicycles to work Friday, May 21.

May 19, 2010


For Immediate Release | April 22, 2010

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485

(New York, NY) – Today, in honor of Earth Day, State Senator Liz Krueger, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh launched a Statewide campaign to end government use of Styrofoam. The campaign kicked off with an early morning rally at Earth School, a Manhattan public school, and featured teachers, parents and students, all committed to ending the use of Styrofoam

April 23, 2010

Legislative Wrap-Up: Week of April 19th: Senate Majority Passes Earth Day 2010 Agenda And More

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate Democratic Majority this week included a bill package demonstrating their commitment to environmental conservation and “green” job creation, as well as establishing a commission to study the health care services of children in foster care.

 ‘Earth Day 2010 Agenda’

April 22, 2010

Senate Passes Environmental Bill Package Celebrating Earth Day

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today applauded thepassage of several bills in the State Senate that mark the celebration ofEarth Day, and provide protections to reduce pollution and improve publichealth.“As a state, we continue to make good progress enacting policies thatprotect our environment, reduce the amount of pollution and protect againstexposure to harmful chemicals,” Senator Valesky said.

April 22, 2010

Earth Day, 2010: Senator Adams, Senate Pass Environmental Protections


Earth Day 2010: Senator Adams Passes Environmental Protections

Majority Passes Comprehensive Package to Strengthen Environment and “Green” Economy

April 22, 2010

Senator Liz Krueger and Senate Democrats Celebrate Earth Day by Passing a Series of Bills Aimed at Protecting Our Environment

For Immediate Release | April 21, 2010

Katie Kincaid | | 646-784-0485


(New York, NY) Senator Liz Krueger and her colleagues in the Democratic Senate Majority passed a package of “Earth Day 2010” bills yesterday, marking a significant victory for the health of our environment. The bills will enhance New York’s stature as a “green” leader in a 21st Century economy and will implement protections to reduce waste and pollution.

Included in the package is a Rechargeable Batteries Recycling Program, sponsored by Senator Krueger.

April 21, 2010
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