Issues: Pollution

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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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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SQUADRON EARNS SENATE'S HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL SCORE

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron received the New York State Senate's highest environmental score, in a new voter guide released by EPL/Environmental Advocates. 

With a score of 81, Squadron was the Senate's high scorer. EA notes that the Senate's scores were, overall, lower than the Assembly's due to the Senate Republican Majority refusing to bring a number of critical environmental bills to a vote.

October 4, 2012
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Taking on Hydrofracking; Protecting New York's Environment

Senator Espaillat discuss a his trip to observe the hydrofracking process and the impact it has on communities. 

October 1, 2012
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Taking on Hydrofracking; Protecting New York's Environment

New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement regarding breaking reports that Governor Cuomo’s administration is extending the review process scrutinizing hydrofracking, a dangerous drilling procedure that poses significant risks to the environment and the drinking water supply.

 

October 1, 2012
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THANK YOU BEACH CLEANUP 2012 VOLUNTEERS! ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS!

This year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 from 10:00 AM until Noon. Hundreds of volunteers combed the beaches and collected over 2000 pounds of debris!  For the 26th year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was another big success!“Thank you to everyone who came out for Beach Cleanup 2012,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response again this year.  Over 345 volunteers gathered a ton of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 19, 2012
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Senator Perkins holds press conference to announce public forum on state superfund sites!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Contact:  Cordell Cleare 212-222-7315

 

August 15, 2012
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August 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012
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