Issues: Going Green

Griffo To Host E-Cycling + Document Shred + Shed The Meds Event Saturday in Rome

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is sponsoring a free drop-off Saturday for local residents to properly dispose of their electronics, confidential documents and unused and expired medication.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westgate Shopping Plaza, 1148 Erie Boulevard West. The senator is partnering with Time Warner Cable, Confidata, Sunnking and the Rome Police Department for the event.

“This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of junk that is taking up unnecessary space in your house,” said Griffo. “The services we offer are free and there are no questions asked.”

September 30, 2014
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Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Grisanti's Bill Establishes Green Development Home Tax Exemption For Erie County

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of a bill that establishes a green development home tax exemption for local property owners, making an amendment of the state's real property tax law for property located within Erie County.

 

The legislation is expected to facilitating growth in the green home market by offering an incentive for homes that typically cost more than the average new home.

 

May 12, 2014
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Madison County Offering Earth Day Electronics Recycling Events

(Madison County, NY – April 20, 2014) Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will join Madison County officials on Earth Day, April 22 at 11 a.m. at the Village of Hamilton DPW, 18 Milford St., to kick-off a series of six e-recycling collection events. The events are designed to bring attention to the New York State Electronics Recycling & Reuse Act by encouraging residents to properly dispose of their unwanted TVs and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs).

April 30, 2014
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"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

 

April 29, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #17: Celebrating Earth Day, Protecting Our Environment

Earth Day and Arbor Day are wonderful reminders of our ongoing obligation to protect our natural resources, which provide us shelter, food, fuel and beauty.

I was pleased to support this year’s state budget because it recognizes the importance of protecting our clean air and clean water and expanding our access to park lands and other open spaces. Our spending plan also includes needed investments in agriculture, which will allow our farmers to better use their land and to have an easier time bringing their harvest to homes.

April 24, 2014
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Grant For Lighting Upgrades Allows Lake Shore School District To Direct Savings To Educational Programming

A grant from New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will provide perpetual savings to the Lake Shore Central School District and taxpayers.

Senator Mark Grisanti awarded $50,000 in funding to the District in the form of bullet aid for the 2013-14 school year with the designation the funding as being for one-time expenditures. 

“Senator Grisanti’s grant allowed Lake Shore to replace exterior lighting at five facilities in the District, continuing our efforts in energy conservation as well as improving safety and security by increasing visibility on our campuses,” Mr. Przepasniak said.

 

April 22, 2014
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Senator Valesky Celebrates Earth Day at Hamilton DPW

Senator David J. Valesky visited the Hamilton DPW on Earth Day to kick-off a series of electronics recycling events in Madison County. The county Department of Solid Waste is collecting old TVs and computer monitors to be recycled safely and to keep them out of landfills. 

April 22, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Senator Robach and advocates call for Senate action on Child Safe Products Bill

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A legislative proposal to disclose the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products is languishing in the New York State Senate, despite passing the Assembly this year, in a 111-25 vote.

State Senator Ted O’Brien, ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation committee, today called on the Senate leadership to bring the Child Safe Products Act to the floor for an immediate vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes on April 28. He was joined by Senator Joe Robach and representatives from Moms for a Non Toxic New York and the Child Care Council, Inc.

April 17, 2014
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Electronics Recycling Event with Senator Mark Grisanti - April 19, 2014

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced he will join Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem and Time Warner Cable in hosting a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 19 in the town of Orchard Park.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orchard Park Senior High School, located at 4040 Baker Road in the Town of Orchard Park.

The electronics recycling drop off will offer professional disposal of unused and obsolete items to help ensure they do not end up harming the environment. Computer monitors, printers, fax machines, home telephones, televisions, video game consoles, laptop computers, scanners, cellular telephones and MP3 players are among the items that will be collected that day and properly disposed.

April 15, 2014
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Senator Klein Announces Launch of Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

BRONX, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced the launch of the New York State Senate’s Annual Earth Day Poster Contest. Students from across the Bronx and Westchester are encouraged to participate in this statewide competition.

 

February 10, 2014
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SENATOR PATRICK GALLIVAN TO JOIN WITH RUSH-HENRIETTA HIGH SCHOOL, TIME WARNER CABLE AND SUNNKING TO OFFER FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT IN HENRIETTA

Rain, Snow or Shine Event Will Allow Residents To Conveniently Dispose of Unwanted Electronic Waste

MONROE COUNTY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) is joining with Sunnking Electronics Recycling, Time Warner Cable and Rush-Henrietta High School’s Natural Helpers student organization to host a free electronics recycling event Saturday, January 25, at Rush-Henrietta High School, 2034 Lehigh Station Rd. in Henrietta from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

January 14, 2014
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Senator David J. Valesky Hosts Electronic Recycling Event Jan. 18

SYRACUSE – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting an electronics recycling event in partnership with Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Time Warner Cable on Saturday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Works, 1200 Canal St. Extension (off Midler Ave.), Syracuse. Area residents can drop off old and unused electronics at no charge, and there is no limit to the number of items that may be dropped off.

January 13, 2014
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SENATOR PATRICK GALLIVAN TO OFFER FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT IN EAST AURORA

ERIE COUNTY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is joining with Sunnking Electronics Recycling, Time Warner Cable and the East Aurora Rotary to host a free electronics recycling event Saturday, January 11th, at the Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main Street in East Aurora from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“We all use electronics on a daily basis, and as technology progresses, we are replacing electronics more and more often. Many people do not realize that cell phones, laptops and other electronic items contain materials that can be hazardous to the environment,” said Senator Gallivan. “This e-waste recycling event provides a perfect opportunity for people to quickly and conveniently drop off their used and out-dated electronics to be properly recycled and disposed of.”

January 7, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN THANKS STUDENT VOLUNTEERS AT WEST SENECA EAST WITH $1,072 DONATION

WEST SENECA - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) presented a donation of $1,072 this week on behalf of Sunnking, Inc. to ‘East Leads, a student leadership organization at West Seneca East High School, for their participation in an electronic waste recycling event held in partnership with Senator Gallivan’s office last June.

Members of Senator Gallivan’s staff and student volunteers from ‘East Leads joined with professionals from Sunnking, Inc. to collect and safely dispose of over 100,000 pounds of old, outdated or damaged electronic equipment in just five hours.

December 16, 2013
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CITY & STATE: Expert Roundtable- Green New York

Mark GrisantiChair, New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

October 30, 2013
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Second Annual Northtowns Electronic Waste Recycling Event

Senator Grisanti and his team collected close to 75,000 pounds of electronic waste last month and received many kind words from people who came from Tonawanda, Kenmore, Buffalo and

October 1, 2013
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Grisanti, Pilozzi and Time Warner Cable Collect Over 75,000 Pounds of Materials at Free Electronics Recycling Event

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today hosted a free electronics recycling event in the Town of Tonawanda, partnering with City of Tonawanda Mayor Ron Pilozzi, Time Warner Cable and SunnKing.

The second annual Northtowns E-Waste Recycling Event took place at Saint Andrew’s Country Day School and was deemed a success by the senator, who also serves as the chairman of the New York State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee.

September 28, 2013
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RITCHIE TOURS REENERGY BLACK RIVER

State Senator Patty Ritchie toured ReEnergy Black River Tuesday, a former coal burning plant that was recently converted to a biomass facility.

Located on Fort Drum, ReEngery Black River produces approximately 422,000 net MWh of electricity each year, which is enough to supply the power needs of about 55,000 homes.  

September 24, 2013
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