Issues: Pollution

FIGHT THE BITE: MORE THAN 2,000 TIRES COLLECTED AT RITCHIE-HOSTED RECYCLING EVENTS

Central New York residents disposed of more than 2,000 tires at free recycling events, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events—which were funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—allowed Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived. 

“With one tire acting as a breeding ground for an estimated one million mosquitoes, the more than 2,000 tires we were able to dispose of represent a big step in this year’s fight against insects and the diseases they carry,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am thrilled to have been able to host these events, and the turn out really speaks volumes to the necessity of providing people with ways to protect themselves—and their loved ones—from mosquitoes, especially during the summer months.”

August 27, 2013
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Senator Gianaris’ Bill to Protect Children from Sun Overexposure Becomes Law

(Albany, NY) Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by Senator Michael Gianaris and carried in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, which will increase cancer prevention and reduce the dangers of sun poisoning for children. The law will strengthen existing regulations regarding the application of sunscreen in schools and summer camps to ensure that children are able to apply sunscreen when spending time outside.

The New York State Department of Education and the Federal Food and Drug Administration include sunscreen on their list of over-the-counter drugs, previously requiring a note from a doctor before a child would be allowed to use it during school hours. Summer camps also follow these guidelines.

Understanding how important it is for children to protect themselves from sunburn and overexposure to the sun, Senator Gianaris’ newly passed law will only require a note from a parent.

“Our first responsibility is to protect our kids, and we fail to do that when illogical regulations force schools to put our children in danger. Our schools should be encouraging sunscreen use, not preventing it,” said Senator Gianaris. “I am pleased Governor Cuomo signed this common sense measure into law, allowing us to rest assured that our children will not be at risk when they play outside at school or at summer camp.”  

August 19, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GALLIVAN’S BILL TO EASE COST BURDEN ON HIGH-TECH AGRICULTURE

Clarifications To Tax Law Will Ensure Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters Qualify For Existing Agriculture Property Tax Benefits

Wyoming County Is Currently Home To Six Digesters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S 4770-A –Gallivan) to ensure that anaerobic digesters, or bio-digesters, are properly classified as agricultural facilities for property tax assessment purposes.

August 2, 2013
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LaValle Carmans River Protection Bill Sent to Governor

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that his bill to add additional parcels to the Pine Barrens and protect the Carmans River has been sent to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the bill on July 19 to sign or veto the measure.

July 23, 2013
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Grisanti Asks Judge For Maximum Penalties Against Tonawanda Coke

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) today submitted a letter to the Chief District Judge of the United States District Court asking for the maximum fine that is allowed by law to be handed to Tonawanda Coke Corporation for the illegal actions and willful violation of environmental law that resulted in health-related problems and illnesses for some residents who live near the Tonawanda Coke facility. As chairman of the New York State Senate's Environmental Conservation Commission, Sen. Grisanti believes his request to Chief District Judge William M.

June 28, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S1016) would deter thieves or other vandals from committing crimes that could result in contamination, and hold those accountable for financial and environmental damage from their actions.

May 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime.

May 23, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Sponsors “Shed The Meds” Program

Community Members Safely Dispose of Unwanted Prescription DrugsIslip, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently sponsored a “Shed The Meds” program at the Islip Fire Department to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted prescription medications.  As Chairman of the NY Senate Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Senator Boyle invited the community to join him in his efforts to help prevent the improper and illegal use of prescription drugs.  The safe disposal of unwanted or expired drugs also helps to protect our waterways and ensure the safety of our local water supply, as recent studies have shown that disposing of medications down your toilet or sink can have adverse affects on our local ecosystems.

May 15, 2013
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Senate Passes Earth Day Bill Package

Measures Encourage Renewable Energy Development, Reduce Mercury from Light Bulbs, and Protect Sharks and Other Species

The New York State Senate today passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.

April 24, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Legislation Proposed to Protect New Yorkers from Gas Shortages in Natural Disasters

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed new legislation to protect New Yorkers from gas shortages during natural disasters. This legislation would create the strongest back-up power law in the nation for critical gas stations, preventing long lines and station closures in the event of power outages.

The proposal builds on the initial recommendations from the NYS Ready Commission that Governor Cuomo empaneled late last year, and it was developed with input from local government officials and private-sector service station owners. It will be submitted to the Legislature in the 30-day budget amendments.

Under the Governor’s proposal:

February 22, 2013
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Politicker: Liz Krueger Wants to Take Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban Statewide

Politicker's Hunter Walker writes:

In his State of the City address today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan to ban styrofoam in stores and restaurants citing a lack of biodegradability and high recycling costs that he called “terrible for the environment” and “terrible for taxpayers.” State Senator Liz Krueger responded to the mayor’s speech by jumping on his ban-wagon and taking it one step further–calling on the Legislature to ban styrofoam statewide.

February 14, 2013
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Statement: Mayor's Proposed NYC Styrofoam Ban Would Be a Great Step Forward; Statewide Ban Would Be Even Better

The following statement can be attributed to State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan):

“In his State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he will prioritize banning styrofoam food containers in New York City. This would be a great step forward for our city, both for the environment and public health – but we shouldn’t just stop at the city limits.”

“I call on my colleagues in the state legislature to race New York City to the goal and pass legislation to ban styrofoam food containers this year, and I ask Mayor Bloomberg to lend his considerable influence with the State Senate’s Republican-dominated majority to this cause.”

February 14, 2013
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2013 Environmental Roundtable

Senator LaValle's 2013 Environmental Roundtable at the SCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center was attended by more than 60 citizens, local leaders/elected officials, environmental groups, farmers and others. Be sure to watch when the 2 hour forum is broadcast on WVVH and YouTube. We'll post the links later this month

February 8, 2013
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Protecting state's resources and health are O'Brien priorities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sen. O’Brien has been recognized by the New York League of Conservation Voters as one of the most promising new environmental leaders in the state.

Showing his commitment to protecting our state’s resources and our citizens’ health, O’Brien has recently introduced several bills attempting to tackle serious environmental issues:

February 6, 2013
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State Senator Ted O’Brien Named To Prominent List Of Environmental Leaders

 

The following press release was issued today by the New York League of Conservation Voters.

NEW YORK --- The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator Ted O’Brien to a list of the state’s most promising new environmental leaders.

Senator O’Brien represents the 55th District, which borders Lake Ontario with Rochester and Irondequoit and stretches South past Bloomfield to Naples.

February 6, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF JANUARY 12th

The world produces an estimated 50 million tons of E-waste annually. Americans throw away 30 million computers each year, while our European counterparts toss nearly 100 million cell phones. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 80 percent of discarded electronics are deposited in landfills or incinerated without being properly recycled. In the US, 70 percent of the heavy metals found in landfills come from improperly disposed of electronics.

That's why Senator Gallivan is teaming up with Sunnking Electronics Recycling, the East Aurora Rotary and Time Warner Cable to provide a safe and easy way to dispose of your used and out-dated electronics.

January 12, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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State to dismantle one of city’s dirtiest former power plants

NY Daily News wrote about the demolishment of the Charles Poletti Power Project, one of the bigeest poluters in New York. The facility started producing electricity in 1977 and was shuttered in 2010, after a law suit and years of opposition

One of the city’s dirtiest former power plants is being razed to the ground, ensuring that it cannot be resurrected to once again pollute the air in northwestern Queens.

The Charles Poletti Power Project, located off 20th Ave. in Astoria, is to be dismantled in early 2013, elected officials said Tuesday.

The facility, which began operation in 1977, was shuttered in 2010 following a lawsuit and years of sustained community opposition.

December 21, 2012
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