Issues: Environment

NYS DEC currently accepting public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations & State Wildlife Action Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has currently posted on its website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/), scheduled public hearings and will accept public comment on the:

> Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations; and

> State Wildlife Action Plan.

June 4, 2015
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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
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Senator Young Recognizes Angelina Cutler as the Winner of Her 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest

NUNDA – Demonstrating their creativity and commitment to a future with a clean environment, students from across Livingston, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties recently submitted their original artworks to show what Earth Day meant to them.

 

The contest, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), was based around the theme of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and attracted the participation of well over 100 local students. Angelina Cutler, a sixth grade student at Keshequa Central School, was this year’s winner.

 

June 3, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Room 801 LOB

June 2, 10:03 AM - 10:13 AM
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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
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair   Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 123 CAP

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION OF MEETING, IT WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION.

May 28, 1:00 PM - 1:13 PM
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Murphy: Invest for a Rainy Day, using settlement funds

JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY - New York is in line to receive yet another windfall legal settlement, from a $600 million penalty against Deutsche Bank for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate. State Senator Terrence Murphy says the funds should be used to make the largest clean water infrastructure investment in state history by directing the funds toward municipal separate stormwater sewer systems, or MS-4s.

May 20, 2015
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New York State Senate Passes Senator Serrano's Bill Designed to Prohibit Littering on State Park Lands

(Albany, NY) - On Wednesday, May 20th, the New York State Senate passed Senator Serrano's bill, S956, designed to help keep our beloved state parks and historic sites clean and beautiful by prohibiting littering on state park lands. 

May 20, 2015
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Free Electronics Recycling Event June 13 at Geneseo High School

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), Sunnking, Time Warner Cable and the Geneseo Central Earthwise Club announce a free electronics recycling on Saturday, June 13.  Residents can drop-off and properly dispose of electronic devices free of charge between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Geneseo High School at 4050 Avon Road in Geneseo.  

June 13, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Brad Hoylman Convenes Panel of Experts to Address Climate Change in New York

Forum comes as members of Senate Republican Conference question the existence of man-made climate change

Hoylman: “Global climate change is a looming catastrophe for the planet and threatens the well being and livelihood of current and future generations of New Yorkers.” 

ALBANY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today convened a panel of scientific experts, environmental advocates, and New York residents and farmers to address the issue of climate change and determine what steps need to be taken to ensure New York is a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

May 19, 2015
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Senator Serrano's Park Protection Legislation Passes State Senate

(Albany, NY) - On Monday, May 18th, the New York State Senate passed Senator José M.

May 18, 2015
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RECORD 10,000 TIRES COLLECTED IN LAST WEEKEND’S DROP-OFF EVENTS

Senator Ritchie’s Effort is Cleaning Up Roadsides, Protecting Public 

More than 10,000 waste tires were removed from area backyards and roadsides during last weekend’s free disposal events sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

It’s the most ever collected during the one-day events, made possible through special State Budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie. Over three years, Senator Ritchie’s efforts have resulted in the removal of more than 30,000 waste tires from area communities.

“Waste tires along roadsides and in backyards are not only unsightly, they can be a cause for spreading disease because mosquitoes love to breed in the standing water that collects inside them,” Senator Richie said. “With proper disposal, we are cleaning up our roadsides and communities, protecting the environment and preventing disease.”

May 15, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES HERRICKS STUDENT FOR EARNING FIRST PLACE IN SENATE’S EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Denton Avenue School in New Hyde Park to congratulate 5th grade student Lamiya Rangwala on being chosen as a first place winner in the Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. 

     Lamiya’s entry focused on the importance of “reducing, reusing, and recycling” in order to protect the environment. As a first place winner, Lamiya’s poster was displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany along with those of the other winners from across the state.

May 15, 2015
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STATEMENT BY NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. ON RELEASE OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON HYDROFRACKING IN NEW YORK STATE

Queens, NY (May 14, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and long-time opponent of  hydraulic fracturing in New York State, released the following statement after yesterday’s release by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) of the Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on hydrofracking:

 “After seven years, more than 260,000 public comments, an extensive scientific examination of the impacts of hydrofracking on our environment and the public health, and a full consideration of the potential benefits and shortcomings of this method of high-volume gas drilling, it appears that fracking is on its way to being completely banned in New York State. 

May 14, 2015
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Murphy passes flood control bills adding Saw Mill, Bronx Rivers to protected waterway list

ALBANY, NY - For decades, flooding along the Bronx River and Saw Mill River has plagued the communities throughout Westchester County, a problem which seemingly grows worse year after year. Today, State Senator Terrence Murphy announced passage of two pieces of his legislation, which will finally address this issue using a watershed wide approach by adding the rivers to the State's inland waterway list.

"These rivers play a vital role not only within Westchester County and New York City, but also for the entire the Long Island Sound and Hudson River Watersheds," Senator Murphy said. "Anyone who has driven down the Saw Mill Parkway or the Bronx River Parkway when it rains can see that something needs to be done."

May 14, 2015
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Senators launch inquiry into Indian Point explosion, fuel spill

ALBANY, NY - At least two state lawmakers want Entergy to more thoroughly explain how the recent explosion at Indian Point could have led to over a thousand gallons of liquid to spill into the Hudson River. State Senator Joe Griffo, chairman of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee, and Senator Terrence Murphy, who represents the Buchanan based plant, today began a formal investigation of the incident with a letter to Entergy executives.

May 13, 2015
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Release: Senate Passes Avella Bill Expanding Green Homes Tax Credit

(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella announced today that his bill that would allow homeowners to apply for a “green buildings tax credit” unanimously passed the Senate.

The legislation (S.3945) would make “green building tax credits” more accessible to homeowners whose homes have been certified as “green” by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). These tax credits would provide an incentive for more homeowners to build environmentally-friendly houses.

May 12, 2015
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Hoylman Statement on Recent Senate GOP Comments Questioning Climate Change

Hoylman: “Climate change is real. It’s extremely troubling that we have public officials in Albany who deny it"

ALBANY – State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “Climate change is real. It’s extremely troubling that we have public officials in Albany who deny it. I look forward to holding a public forum in Albany next week on how our state can be a global leader in fighting the man-made factors contributing to climate change and imperiling the future of New York families, farmers and businesses."

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May 12, 2015
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Senator Panepinto Renews His Push for S.3612 on the 50th Anniversary of Governor Rockefeller’s Pure Waters Bond Act and U.S. Clean Water Act

Panepinto: “Let us once again show the nation that New York State is resolute in protecting its most valuable resources.”

ALBANY, N.Y. – Recognizing the anniversary of two historic pieces of environmental legislation, Senator Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) renewed his push for the passage of his Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Bond Act – S.3612. He issued the following statement:

May 12, 2015
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