Issues: Going Green

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
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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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ABVI Goodwill Receives LEED Gold Certification

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2010, Senator Robach attended, and provided remarks at, a ceremony where ABVI Goodwill announced it has received its LEED Gold certification. You can read the entire press release below:

Rochester, NY (October 13, 2010)The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc. announced today that its Call Center facility has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction, and operation of a high performance green building as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

 

October 13, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: ** Going Green is Good Business **

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. cordially invite you to a Small Business & Economic Development Forum. 

** Going Green is Good Business ** 

For More Information, Please Contact:

- Debra Lagapa: 914-934-5250              email: lapaga@nysenate.gov

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email: kajose@westchester.org

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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ADDABBO’S SECOND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY PICKS UP OVER 8 TONS

3,685 More Pounds than First eWaste Collection Day in January 

September 22, 2010
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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
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Senator Foley, Assemblyman Englebright, Commissioner Grannis Celebrate Groundbreaking Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point), Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D – Setauket) and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis were joined today by environmental advocates today to celebrate the signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act. This law protects children and the environment by banning the use of harmful pesticides on school fields and playgrounds, as well as at daycare centers.

August 11, 2010
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PROTECTING NEW YORK’S DRINKING WATER

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
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Senator Antoine M. Thompson accomplishments in his various issue areas

Environment

Senator Thompson bans toxic baby bottles. Bill signed into law July 10, 2010.
Marcellus Shale Drilling is delayed until May 2011.  Passed NYS Senate Aug 10, 2010.
Playgrounds are made safe with legislation banning pesticides in playgrounds.  Signed into law April 10, 2010.
Ewaste Bill passes and signed into law establishing statewide recycling and reuse goals for Ewaste.  Signed into law April, 2010.
Wetlands Mapping is now allowed to be done by computer.  Signed into law May, 2010.
Bigger Better Bottle Bill passes in 2009 -2010 Budget and creates revenue for cash strapped state.

August 9, 2010
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Senate Passes Drilling Moratorium

Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier’s Marcellus Shale formation today are cheering the state Senate’s approval of a short-term moratorium late Tuesday night.

The measure sailed through the Senate, 48-9. If approved by the Assembly and Gov. David Paterson, permits to drill for natural gas in the formation would be delayed until May 15, 2011. Now focus turns to the Assembly, where supporters of the drilling moratorium believe it could be taken up soon.

Read more & watch Senator Liz Krueger speak on the floor.

August 5, 2010
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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 http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.

Cooling

File: 
Energy Saving Tips-2.pdf

August 5, 2010
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New York City Water Supply Protected! Natural Gas Hydrofrackers Will be Held Accountable!

NYS Senator Eric Adams joins his Majority Conference colleagues to pass hydrofracking moratorium legislation protecting New York’s watershed during a comprehensive study of the consequences of drilling in the Marcellus Shale

 NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “The New York State Senate placed public safety above special interests by passing a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. We are concerned about the possibility that our State’s water supply might become contaminated by the hazardous chemicals used in the procedure known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. The moratorium is designed to protect the health and economic well-being of millions of New Yorkers who draw their water from the affected area.

August 5, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Gains Passage Of Extention Of Alternative Energy Tax Exemption

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that legislation he sponsored to extend tax relief for alternative-energy homeowners has passed both the Senate and the Assembly.  The legislation, which now is awaiting Governor David Paterson’s signature, will extend local tax exemptions for environmentally-friendly homeowners who install energy-efficient systems on their homes.

July 26, 2010
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Free Electronics Recycling event sponsored by Senator Addabbo

 Electronics Recycling EventSponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo

September 19, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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ARRC Accepting Electronic Submission of Agency Rule Makings

In an effort to cut down on waste, increase productivity within state offices and to save trees and the environment, ARRC in association with the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform and the Department of State have collaborated on a green initiative to electronically distribute proposed agency regulations. 

July 16, 2010
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Senator Sampson Monitoring DEC Hydrafracking Regulations

Gas exploration companies have set their sights on the Marcellus Shale region of New York State for purposes of obtaining millions of cubic feet of natural gas.  New York City officials and residents are concerned the process of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale will pollute the New York City watershed which is located nearby.  Senator John L. Sampson instructed staff at the Administrative Regulations Review Commission to review the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) efforts to promulgate new regulations dealing with Marcellus Shale drilling.

July 16, 2010
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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
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Legislature Strengthens Penalties for Violations of Petroleum Bulk Storage Regualtions

 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) are pleased to announce that their bill imposing significantly higher penalties for violations of New York’s Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) regulations was approved by the NYS Legislature this week (S.7753/A.10888). 

July 6, 2010
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Legislature Passes Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill

Legislation combats sprawl and promotes environmentally sound infrastructure development 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl.  The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

June 29, 2010
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