Issues: Going Green

Krueger, Senators Oppose Bailout Of Cayuga Coal Power Plant

New York – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger was joined by Senators Breslin, Dilan, Hamilton, Hoylman, Latimer, Parker, Perkins and Serrano in submitting comments to the state Public Service Commission opposing the ratepayer-funded bailout and repowering of the Cayuga Lake coal power plant in Lansing, NY, in favor of transmission upgrades.

August 21, 2015

Electronics Recycling Event is a Huge Success!

Chili, NY - More than 800 residents recycled a total of 106,000 pounds of electronics at Senator Ranzenhofer's event in May. Senator Ranzenhofer sponsored the electronics recycling event to prevent hazardous e-waste from going to landfills.  Part of the proceeds will go to the Greater Rochester Robotics Team. 

July 2, 2015

Senator Robach's FREE Electronics Recycling Event

Senator Joe Robach is pleased to announce that he is once again sponsoring a FREE electronics recycling event. In conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Town of Gates and Sunnking Electronics, this recycling event is completely free and open to the public. 

When: Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Gates Town Hall

1605 Buffalo Road

 Rochester, NY 14624

July 1, 2015

Ortt and Ryan Call on Governor to Sign Legislation That Will Boost Geothermal Energy Use in New York

Legislative Leaders Pass Bill To Provide Tax Credit For Geothermal Energy Systems – Bipartisan Legislation Now Heads To Governor Cuomo’s Desk For Approval

BUFFALO – During a press event on Buffalo’s West Side today, New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D – Buffalo) urged Governor Cuomo to sign a bill into law that establishes a state tax credit for homeowners who install geothermal energy systems. The legislation (S.2905/A.2177) recently passed in both houses of the state Legislature.  

June 30, 2015

Your Voice With Senator Ortt

As session winds down, Senator Ortt discusses his recent bills that passed in the Senate, and also talks about Amanda Lynn's Law and two geothermal bills that have just passed in both houses of the state legislature. Sen. Ortt concludes the interview with priority bills he's hoping to take up before session ends. 

June 16, 2015

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

Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Senator Rob Ortt talks about the events he took part in across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. He also mentions people he's met with to discuss issues and recaps his legislation that recently passed in the New York State Senate. 

June 12, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation to Grow Community Gardens

Senate Passes Legislation to Grow Community Gardens 

(Albany, NY -- June 10th, 2015) Yesterday, the State Senate passed S5026-2015, legislation that would require the commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to convene the Community Gardens Task Force to issue reports on the progress of gardens across the State. The bill, sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis), passed unopposed 62-0.

June 11, 2015

Ortt’s Green Development Tax Exemption Bill Passes in Senate

Senator Ortt’s Bill Would Create Jobs in Green Industry, Lower Energy Costs for Consumers


State Senator Rob Ortt’s (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) Green Development Neighborhood Tax Exemption bill (S5013) unanimously passed in the Senate yesterday with overwhelming support. This tax incentive is meant to encourage more homeowners to build “green” homes. Ortt’s bill would allow local municipalities across the state to offer a real property tax exemption of 35 percent for up to 20 years.


June 4, 2015

News & Views - June 3

Senator Ranzenhofer provides an update on the Keep the Cap campaign, hunting legislation for Genesee County and a recent Electronics Recycling Drop-off event in the Town of Chili.

June 3, 2015

Ranzenhofer Partners with Greater Rochester Robotics Team

Chili, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer and the Greater Rochester Robotics Team at Churchville-Chili School District partner to keep our landfills free of hazardous electronic waste.  Part of the proceeds from Senator Ranzenhofer's Electronics Recycling Event will go to the Robotics Team.

May 30, 2015

Ranzenhofer to Offer Free Electronics Recycling

Green practice stops hazardous e-waste from going to a landfill


State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will offer residents an opportunity to recycle old electronics at a free drop-off event on Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chili Paul Plaza, 3240 Chili Avenue in Chili.  Residents are encouraged to enter the plaza off of Paul Road.


Senator Ranzenhofer is committed to using green practices to positively impact the environment.


May 22, 2015

Senate Celebrates Earth Day and Passes Package of Bills to Protect the Environment

The New York State Senate today celebrated Earth Day and passed an extensive package of bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 22, 2015

Senator Panepinto’s Green Home Tax Exemption Bill Unanimously Passes State Senate on Earth Day

First piece of sponsored legislation passed by Panepinto

ALBANY, N.Y. – Today, Senator Marc Panepinto secured a huge win for Erie County with the passage of his Green Home Tax Exemption (S.3644) bill. After its unanimous vote, he released the following statement outside the Senate Chamber:

“It is certainly fitting that on Earth Day, my first piece of legislation passed simultaneously addresses environmental responsibility and the crushing burden that is our property tax climate. I am very proud to have gotten a bill through the State Senate, but I am even prouder of what it accomplishes. By authorizing a green home tax exemption in upwards of 35%, the State encourages the use of renewable energy and resources which will have a positive impact on our environment. In addition to promoting greener practices, this bill will also help our region prosper by incentivizing critical growth in Erie County’s recovering housing market. As I head into the final 2 months of session, I look forward to fighting for more meaningful legislation on behalf of Western New York.”    

April 22, 2015

Ortt, Senate Celebrates Earth Day and Passes Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

Senator Ortt Sponsored Three Environmental Bills Passed Today 

In recognition of Earth Day, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced three environmental bills he sponsored have passed in the New York State Senate. These bills were part of a package of bills the Senate passed today that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities.

April 22, 2015

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015


$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


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 14, 2015

Free Electronics Recycling Event

Senator Tim Kennedy presents a free electronics recycling event, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Recycling.

With a new state law now effect, avoid fines and unnecessary harm to the environment, while disposing of unwanted and unused items that have piled up over the winter.

Please see below for a comprehensive list of accepted items:

Acceptable Materials For Electronics Recycling

May 16, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ARRC scores victory for solar energy as PSC kills job-killing regs

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) today issued a stay on new regulations it approved back in December which had lawmakers and clean energy advocates up in arms over new requirements which denied net metering credits to solar development projects currently underway.State Senator Terrence Murphy and his colleagues, Senators Joseph Griffo and George Amedore, recognizing the importance of large-scale solar projects, had sent a letter of opposition to the PSC regarding that provision of the PSC's order to raise net metering minimum caps and revision tariffs.

February 27, 2015
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