Issues: Environment

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

One Oar in the Water

     I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” She was usually describing somebody who was pursuing this or that bad idea and who just didn’t see things clearly. That’s why it’s the perfect title for this week’s message.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015
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March 16, 5:00 PM - 5:33 PM
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Area conservation students, leaders meet with Senator O'Mara in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) recently met with a conservation contingent from the Greater Southern Tier BOCES (GST BOCES), and local soil and water conservation leaders who were in Albany to promote their priority issues for 2015.

GST BOCES was represented by Don Mac Naughton, a Conservation instructor in the Career and Technical Education Department, and students Derrick Griffith and Zack Parker, who area also members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).

March 13, 2015
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Times Ledger: Senator Avella calls on DEC for probe into Lumber Liquidators

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last week to launch an investigation into levels of formaldehyde found in some Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators.

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Statement From Senator Tony Avella on DEC's Revised Mute Swan Eradication Plan

“After seeing the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Revised Draft Management Plan for the handling of mute swans, I immediately reached out to various animal rights groups to consult with them about the changes that were made. While I am glad that DEC has revisited its original inhumane plan to completely rid New York of more than 2,000 of these innocent birds, a complete review of the details in the updated plan will ultimately reveal whether more changes are needed.

March 11, 2015
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March 11, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle Reports Revised Draft Of Mute Swan Management Plan Released

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issued new draft for comments from public

March 11, 2015
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O'Mara addresses environmental groups in Albany ~ highlights conservation legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt ~ 'Responsible government, balanced decisions'

Albany, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, yesterday addressed the representatives of more than 100 environmental, conservation, recreational and community organizations who were at the Capitol to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to include a stronger state commitment to conservation funding in the new state budget.

March 10, 2015
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Senator Catharine Young Announces 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest

Contest aims to promote environmental awareness around the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day

 

 

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is encouraging local students to take part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition to encourage awareness of environmental issues.

 

March 6, 2015
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Senator Serrano Participates in Park Advocacy Day

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with local park advocates in Albany for Park Advocacy Day. Serrano kicked off the day by delivering remarks at the Parks Advocacy Day Legislative Breakfast. Senator Serrano, an avid user and supporter of our state parks, followed his remarks by meeting with Parks and Trails NY to discuss important issues effecting our Parks and ways we can better protect these natural resources for future generations.

March 3, 2015
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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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SCARBOROUGH, SANDERS APPLAUD NEW YORK RISING COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF FLOOD RELIEF STUDY

Assemblyman William Scarborough and Senator James Sanders, Jr. congratulated the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee for the inclusion of a radical collection flood relief study in its recommendation for funding under the Idlewild Watershed Communities program. The study will be part of the $6 million allocated by the committee for community reconstruction and flood mitigation strategies as a result of tropical storm sandy.

February 26, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE ANNOUNCES EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST

Senator George Amedore today announced an Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide contest sponsored by the New York State Senate, that encourages student awareness of environmental issues. The theme of the contest is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and is open to students in grades K-6 throughout the 46th Senate district.“As we look forward to celebrating Earth Day in April, this poster contest is a way to encourage our young students to be creative and learn more about the importance of protecting and preserving our environment for future generations,” said Senator Amedore.

February 17, 2015
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Business Council Says Upstate Lags Behind in Business Growth

The Business Council of New York pointed out a handful of major challenges facing upstate businesses during a presentation hosted by USA Niagara. As a way to spark business development and create jobs in Western New York, Senator Ortt suggested extending the state’s brownfield remediation tax credit program, which expires at the end of this year. Read more online at Lockport Union-Sun & Journal’s website.  

February 13, 2015
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'Massive' recycling event in Syracuse nets 100 tons of TVs and electronics, shuts down interstate ramp

By Tim Knauss on February 02, 2015 at 3:03 PM, updated February 02, 2015 at 3:33 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Organizers of an electronics recycling event Saturday at the Syracuse DPW garage expected a big crowd, but they were shocked by how big it actually was. So many cars arrived loaded with old TVs, computers and other junk that Syracuse police were forced to close an exit ramp from Interstate 690 for four hours to prevent traffic from backing up on the highway.

Eight tractor-trailers were filled with estimated 100 tons of electronics during the event -- four times as much as was collected at a similar event in January 2014, said Cindy Jessop, of Sunnking Electronics Recycling, the company that recycles the items.

February 12, 2015
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ADDABBO ASSUMES NEW POSITION AS MEMBER OF SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Queens, NY (February 9, 2015)State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. today announced that he has been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, a post he described as “a great opportunity to work even harder to protect and conserve the precious natural resources in our state and within my district.” 

February 10, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Commends New Report on the Harmful Effects of Dumping Hydrofracking Waste in New York State

Sen. Hoylman Has Introduced Legislation to Keep Fracking Waste Out of New York

February 5, 2015
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Recycle old TVs and other electronics for free Saturday at Syracuse DPW

By Tim Knauss on January 30, 2015 at 2:47 PM, updated January 30, 2015 at 3:23 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Central New York residents can get rid of old TVs, computers, phones and other electronic equipment for free at a recycling event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Syracuse Department of Public Works, 1200 Canal St. Extension, off Midler Avenue.

Just drive into the DPW truck garage and volunteers will unload your unwanted items, said Jessica DeCerce, chief of staff for Sen. David Valesky, who is sponsoring the event together with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling.

February 2, 2015
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