Issues: Earth Day

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
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Our Parks Are Staying Open

Niagara

Recreational opportunities at the region's 17 parks abound for visitors of all ages and interests. From lakeside camping at Four Mile Creek to the Visual and Preforming Arts focus of Knox Farm State Park to Niagara Falls State Park, the gem of the Niagara Region and the oldest state park in the country, there is something for every member of the family in the Niagara region.

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Long Island

From the world-famous Jones Beach to the great golfing opportunities at Bethpage State Park, Long Island is gifted with some of the best parks and recreational facilities in the country. Long Island's 20 state parks and historic sites attract nearly 20 million visitors annually.

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Adirondack Park

Encompassing one-third of the total land area of New York State, the Adirondack Park is unique in the United States. Within its boundaries are vast forests and rolling farmlands, towns and villages, mountains and valleys, lakes, ponds and free-flowing rivers, private lands and public forest.

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Capital/Saratoga District

With its mineral baths, effervescent waters, performing arts center, and outstanding golfing facilities, Saratoga Spa State Park is one of New York State's best. The Peerless Pool Complex, the only pool complex at a state park with a waterslide, adds even more to its already beautiful facilities.

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Thousand Islands

Stretching from Lake Ontario north along the St. Lawrence River to Lake Champlain, the Thousand Islands Region -- which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1997 -- includes 30 state parks, 1 historic site and 6 boat launches, as well as thousands of great campsites.

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New York City

While New York City is famous for its people, Broadway shows, sports and tourist sites, it has also become home to several outstanding state parks including the Riverbank State Park located in Manhattan and the Roberto Clemente State Park located along the Harlem River in the Bronx.

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Palisades

Bear Mountain State Park offers miles of biking and hiking trails as well as great views. At Harriman State Park, visitors can seek solitude along 300 miles of trails including the first segment of the Appalachian Trail. At Minnewaska State Park Preserve, one of the 75 great places in the Western Hemisphere, 50 miles of carriageways invite exploration of nature.

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Taconic

Stately mansions, scenic vistas, woodland trails and recreation areas lie just a short drive from New York City on the eastern side of the Hudson. State historic sites within the region include Olana, a Moorish-style mansion atop a hill with panoramic views of the Hudson, and Philipse Manor Hall, a beautiful Georgian structure offering exhibits on history, arts and architecture.

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Allegany

Hiking through the Allegheny Plateau, boating across Chautauqua Lake or camping along Lake Erie, the Allegany Region has everything to offer its visitors.

Home to both Allegany State Park and Lake Erie State Park, the Allegany region offers over 500 campsites and more than 350 cabins, making it a camper's paradise.

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Catskill Park

New York's Catskill Mountains include one of the largest and most complex natural areas in the East - on par with the West's Yellowstone National Park. Round, forested mountains; narrow, winding valleys; rushing streams and rivers are features that attract many to the 600,000 acres of the Catskill Park.

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Central

As one of the largest regions within the state parks system, the Central Region encompasses a 9,000-square-mile area, from the shores of Lake Ontario in the north, to the Pennsylvania state line in the south. The physical beauty of the glacially carved lakes, valleys, waterfalls, and mountains is stunning.

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Finger Lakes

Like giant fingerprints of Ice Age glaciers, the Finger Lakes span across Central New York. Water and its works are the attractions and State Parks are jewels on the fingers. Eleven parks front on lakes, while six feature gorges with waterfalls. One of the highest waterfalls in the east, Taughannock plunges into a canyon that opens to Cayuga Lake, the longest Finger Lake.

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Genesee

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park offers 14,350 acres of scenic magnificance as well as a multitude of year-round recreational opportunities. A 17 mile gorge, carved by the Genesee River as it meanders through the park, provides spectacular views at every turn. Letchworth's 270 campsites and 82 cabins, many winterized, are popular with campers.

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Information about New York State Parks is maintained by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic and is divided into eleven regions. Click on a region to view more information about it. Camping reservations for all New York State campgrounds can be made by visiting www.newyorkstateparks.com or by calling 1-800-456-CAMP.

Take a New York "Staycation!"

Fulfilling their promise to keep parks open for New York’s families, the Senate Majority reached an agreement for full restoration of parks funding to keep parks and historic sites open throughout the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Over three months ago, the Senate Majority passed a budget resolution restoring $11 million for parks operations to prevent the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks. Last month, a three-way agreement was reached with the Executive and Assembly on legislation to approve restorations called for by the Senate Majority. Restorations were also approved to Zoos, Botanic Gardens, Aquaria, and DEC campgrounds.

On May 28th, the Senate Majority passed a bill funding these State Parks all over New York. Because of this package, New York Families can enjoy a "Staycation" right here in the Empire State. The Senate Majority knows that not only do these parks provide places for New York's families to enjoy themselves, but they also create jobs and strengthen our communities.

State budget shortfalls threatened many of our state parks with closure, but the Senate acted quickly to keep our parks open for the millions of New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors who will be visiting them this summer. Had we allowed our parks to be shut, the people of our state would have been deprived of one of our greatest natural resources, and the state would have lost significant revenue. The entire New York metropolitan area would have suffered as a result.

The use of parks for recreational activities generates $1.9 billion in revenue, five times the agency’s total budget. Park closures would have a devastating effect on small businesses, restaurants, and other economic engines in communities dependent on tourism revenue generated by state parks.

Economic impact of our State Parks:

  • Allegany Region – 1.9 million visitors, 860 jobs created and $62 million in related sales and output generated by Allegany, Lake Erie, Long Point and Midway state parks.
  • Capital/Saratoga Region – 3.3 million visitors, 2,929 jobs created and $249 million in related sales and output generated at Saratoga Spa, Thatcher, Grafton Lakes and Moreau Lake state parks, to name just a few.
  • Central Region – 2.3 million visitors, 1,620 jobs created and $134 million in related sales and output generated by Glimmerglass, Green Lakes, Verona Beach, and Chenango Valley state parks, to name just a few.
  • Finger Lakes Region – 3 million visitors, 1,776 jobs created and $141 million in related sales and output generated by Buttermilk Falls, Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake state parks, to name just a few.
  • Genesee Region – 1.2 million visitors, 675 jobs created and $58 million in related sales and output generated by Letchworth, Darien Lakes, Silver Lake and Hamlin Beach state parks, to name just a few.
  • Long Island Region – 19.9 million visitors, 3,992 jobs created and $410 million in related sales and output generated by Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Montauk Point and Caleb Smith state parks, to name just a few.
  • New York City – 4.5 million visitors, 716 jobs created and $61 million in related sales and output generated by Roberto Clemente, Riverbank and Gantry Plaza state parks, to name just a few.
  • Niagara Frontier Region - 10.3 million visitors, 4,701 jobs created and $569 million related sales and output generated by Niagara Falls, Evangola, Woodlawn Beach and Four Mile Creek state parks, to name just a few.
  • Palisades Region – 4.4 million visitors, 1,052 jobs created and $94 million in related sales and output generated by Harriman, Minnewaska, Bear Mountain, and Rockland Lake state parks.
  • Taconic Region – 3.1 million visitors, 957 jobs created and $102 million in related sales and output generated by Fahnestock, Hudson Highlands, Taconic and James Baird state parks, to name just a few.
  • Thousand Islands Region – 1.7 million visitors, 882 jobs created and $63 million in related sales and output generated by Cumberland Bay, St. Lawrence, Wellesley Island and Westcott Beach state parks, to name just a few.
July 1, 2010
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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
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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
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Statement from Senator Serrano: Restoration of Funding for State Parks and Living Museums

“As Chair of the committee that oversees the State Park system and living museums, I am thrilled that Governor Paterson and the Legislature have worked out a plan that will keep our parks open in time for Memorial Day weekend, and will allow us to enjoy all that our zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums have to offer in advance of the summer season.”

May 28, 2010
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Celebrating Earth Day

State Senator Betty Little is pictured with National Grid Regional Director William Flaherty at the Double H in the Woods Ranch.

Little and workers from the utility volunteered to help clean up the ranch and prepare it for the season as part of a two-day Earth Day observation.

 

April 29, 2010
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KLEIN HOSTS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Senator Klein and Locust Point Civic Association hold Earth Day Celebration

BRONX, NY - On Saturday, April 24th, State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Locust Point Civic Association President Jerry Landi held an Earth Day Celebration at the Locust Point Civic Association (LPCA) clubhouse. Klein also presented a $100,000 grant to the LPCA to fund environmentally-friendly renovations to its clubhouse, including a new boiler, lighting and energy efficient appliances.

April 26, 2010
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Senate Marks 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with Passage of Major Environmental Conservation Bills

            Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce Senate passage last week of a package of environmental reforms that promote conservation and a “green” economy.  The bills were passed as part of the Senate’s commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. 

April 26, 2010
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SENATOR STACHOWSKI SUPPORTS ‘EARTH DAY 2010’ ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA

     In support of “Earth Day 2010,” Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View) voted to approve legislation which recently passed the State Senate designed to implement protections to reduce waste and pollution in New York State.

     “The actions we take today to protect our natural resources and our environment will have a direct impact on generations to come,” said Senator Stachowski.  “These measures will help safeguard our health and well-being and our overall quality of life.”

April 25, 2010
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STATE AND CITY LEADERS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO END GOVERNMENT USE OF STYROFOAM

For Immediate Release | April 22, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 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
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Earth Day 2010: Senator Jose Peralta Passes Environmental Protections

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

(Albany, NY) Senator Jose Peralta (D) and the Democratic Majority demonstrated their commitment to environmental conservation this week by passing a package of bills designed to strengthen environmental and citizen protections for a cleaner, greener and healthier New York.

April 22, 2010
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Earth Day 2010

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2010

Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | 518-455-3531

APRIL 22nd IS EARTH DAY

Celebrate Earth Day and Protect New York

April 22, 2010
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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
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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
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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
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Earth Day, 2010: Senator Adams, Senate Pass Environmental Protections

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Earth Day 2010: Senator Adams Passes Environmental Protections

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

April 22, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Celebrates Earth Day

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is reminding local residents that April 22nd is Earth Day and encourages each person to help protect our environment for future generations. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be attending a series of Earth Day celebrations, which began over the weekend with the Senator helping to kick-off the Irvington Earth Day and Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day events. As a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins has established an extensive record as an advocate for environmentally responsible policies.

April 21, 2010
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Planting A Tree at Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day Celebration

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is reminding local residents that April 22nd is Earth Day and encourages each person to help protect our environment for future generations. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be attending a series of Earth Day celebrations, which began over the weekend with the Senator helping to kick-off the Irvington Earth Day and Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day events.

April 21, 2010
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Senate Majority Passes "Earth Day 2010" Environmental Agenda

The State Senate Democratic Majority passed their “Earth Day 2010” package which will enhance New York’s stature as a “green” leader in a 21st Century economy, and implement protections to reduce waste and pollution, making New York a healthier and more vibrant state for generations to come.

April 21, 2010
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