Issues: Environment

Environment NY "Top 10 States For Solar Power" News Conference

Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Environment New York at a news conference in Yonkers, regarding the release of their report on the top 10 states for solar power. While our state is not in the top ten yet, Senator Stewart-Cousins says its on the way, with innovative programs and government comittment to provide the resources necessary so that more people turn to the sun as an energy alternative. 

August 5, 2014
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DAILY FREEMAN: Sen. Tkaczyk calls on state to stop NYC’s muddy discharges from Ashokan Reservoir into Lower Esopus Creek

By William J. Kemble

08/04/14

 State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk wants the state Department of Environmental Conservation to put end to New York City’s muddy water discharges from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek.

“These discharges are polluting the [creek],” Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, said in a statement issued Monday. “And they are having a negative impact on the quality of life for many Ulster County residents. It is up to New York City to remediate these problems if they want to continue to use the Ashokan Reservoir without building a filtration system.”

August 4, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: Lyme And Tick-Borne Disease Information Available

Please download the literature concerning Lyme and tick-borne disease  from the link provided below:

August 4, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Invites Residents and Families to Citizen Preparedness Training in Middletown

Senator Bonacic (R/C/I – Mount Hope) invites residents and families to learn preparedness training in the event of a natural or man-made disaster at the Citizen Preparedness Training Program to be held on Thursday, August 7, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, NY. 

August 4, 2014
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Tkaczyk Calls on DEC to Protect Esopus River

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk delivered testimony to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) calling on the agency to protect the Lower Esopus River and put an end to New York City’s discharges of muddy water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Esopus.

“These discharges are polluting the river,” Tkaczyk said, “And they are having a negative impact on the quality of life for many Ulster County residents. It is up to New York City to remediate these problems if they want to continue to use the Ashokan Reservoir without building a filtration system.”

August 4, 2014
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'Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla'

From the Ithaca Journal, "The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, is launching an on-the-water training program for individuals who are willing to look for hydrilla verticillata and other invasive species on Cayuga Lake and neighboring lakes."

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July 31, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Bills include support for educational initiatives, watershed projects, and programs to combat invasive species

ALBANY – Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout New York are on the front lines of protecting the State’s natural resources, helping landowners, preventing floods, fighting the spread of invasive species, and educating the public.

Three bills sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, provide SWCDs with additional tools they need to accomplish their ambitious mission. The first two of these bills also were passed by the Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 29, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Receives the "Most Coordinated Boat" Award at the Adirondack Challenge

Leader Stewart-Cousins accepting the "Most Coordinated Boat" award from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, July 20th following the Adirondack Challenge, with Senator Gianaris and Senate Democratic Conference staffers. As she accepted the award, the Leader said, "We are all ambassadors for Upstate." The Adirondack Challenge highlights the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing. The event, held in Indian Lake this year, attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York.

July 22, 2014
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Senator Valesky Visits Smithfield After Devastating Tornado

Senator Valesky joined Governor Cuomo and Madison County Sheriff Al Riley this morning to assess the damage in Smithfield as a result of the tornado. It is devastating and shocking. We will mourn the victims, and come together as a community to help those affected. 

July 9, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO DREDGE OGDENSBURG PORT

$200,000 Kickstarts Project to Bring More Shipments, Jobs to the Facility 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured $200,000 in special state grant funding to start dredging at the Port of Ogdensburg.

“The future of Ogdensburg’s deep water port is at risk from 30 years of silt build up that makes docking more difficult, dangerous and costly,” said Senator Ritchie. “This funding helps kickstart the dredging project, protects jobs and adds to the Port’s potential to increase shipping and work opportunities.”

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In addition to jobs created by the dredging and silt removal project, the Port itself supports 70 jobs and pumps more than $5 million into the local economy each year.

It was last dredged in 1984, and the rising river bottom from accumulated silt could sink recently expanded efforts to attract new business, and create more local jobs.

July 2, 2014
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In light of Court of Appeals ruling, banning equate should move forward

In the wake of today’s ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals that upheld the right of towns to use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing, Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman John Ceretto, and local grassroots leaders Monica Daigler and Julie Otto called on the Towns of Wheatfield, Pendleton, Lewiston, Cambria, Wilson, and Newfane to approve a ban on the spreading or injection of equate, the Quasar-produced fertilizer made from human waste from sewer sludge.

June 30, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 TO FIGHT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA PRAISES STATE’S HIGHEST COURT AFFIRMING LOCAL HYDROFRACKING BAN

New York State Court of Appeals ruled 5-2, affirming the rights of two towns to use local zoning ordinances to ban fracking for natural gas

 

June 30, 2014
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Seward Plugs In Funding For SUNY Cobleskill Energy Savings Project

ONEONTA, 06/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cobleskill’s energy savings project.  

“SUNY Cobleskill offers innovative student programs on a campus that is continually evolving to meet changing needs,” said Senator Seward.  “This funding will help the school go even further by backing new green energy improvements that will lead to a more efficient, environmentally friendly campus – saving money and our natural resources.”

June 27, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Schuyler County awarded state funding to assist soil and water quality practices on area farms

Watkins  Glen, N.Y., June 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that Schuyler County received the highest statewide funding level under the latest round of state grants to help New York State farmers implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices.

June 26, 2014
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Albany Times Union Agrees with Sen. Krueger on ATV Bill

The editorial board of the Albany Times Union agreed with Sen. Krueger and recommended that legislation to increase the allowable size of recreational ATVs to 1,500 pounds be put on hold. The editorial was reprinted in at least two other upstate papers, the Times Herald-Record (Hudson Valley) and the Recorder (Montgomery County).

June 24, 2014
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Senator Grisanti comments on Senate Bills S.7878

Senator Grisanti comments on Senate Bill S.7878, which relates to the eligibility for participation in the brownfield cleanup program.

June 23, 2014
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Senate gives final approval to O'Mara-Lifton legislation to combat spread of invasive species

Albany, N.Y., June 20 —The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, by requiring boaters to take reasonable precautions when launching their boats.

The legislation (S.7851-B/A.9619-B) was approved yesterday by the state Assembly, where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th District) of Ithaca.  

It will now be delivered to the governor to be signed into law.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: Brownfield Extension Bill Being Sent To Governor

June 20, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation to extend the Brownfield Cleanup Program until2017. In addition, the bill increases bonding by $300 million for DEC’s Superfund Program, which is charged with identifying, investigating, and cleaning up the state’s most contaminated sites.

Senator LaValle said, “We need to continue to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.  This program is a necessary component as we work towards a comprehensive clean water bill for Long Island.  I am hopeful that the Governor will sign this into Law.”

June 20, 2014
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