Issues: Environment

Join the Fight to Protect Nassau's Drinking Water

New York City is planning to take 33 million gallons of water per day from Long Island's aquifers, which are the sole source of our drinking water, by reopening 52 shuttered wells in Queens whih have not been used for decades. Experts have raised concerns that the City's pumping will have a serious negative impact on Long Island's water supply. The City has not even performed a necessary environmental studey to determine what the impact of their plan would be for Nassau County residents. 

Senator Martins has called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to require New York City to do a full analysis of the environmental impacts of its plan BEFORE turning on the wells.  

June 5, 2014

Dinowitz, Klein Introduce Legislation to Designate Jerome Park as Parkland of NYC

Albany- Today Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) were joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and a host of community activists near the Jerome Park Reservoir to introduce new legislation intent on designating Jerome Park as parkland of the city of New York. The bills, A.9681 and S.7467, would set in motion a public process by which most or all of what is known as Jerome Park can either become designated as park lands or lands that can be readily accessible to the general public for recreational use. The space could also be used as an urban wildlife or nature sanctuary.


June 4, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle: Senate Passes Legislation To Protect National Historic Landmarks From Erosion

Bill Would Allow DEC To Work To Save Sites like The Montauk Lighthouse

June 3, 2014

New Yorkers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Discounted Rate at State Campgrounds through June 26

Governor Andrew M. Cuomoannounced details of the Early Summer Camping Special for 112 state campgrounds across New York. The discount helps kick off the summer season for families looking for affordable getaways and coincides with the state’s broader outdoor tourism promotions highlighted earlier this month at the Governor’s Tourism Summit.

The special offer includes $5 per night off regular rates through June 26 for campers making reservations using the promo code EARLYCAMP14. The deal covers New York State Parks- and Department of Environmental Conservation-operated campgrounds in nearly every region (excluding Hither Hills State Park, mooring buoys, walk-ins and previous reservations).

June 2, 2014

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Room 609 LOB

June 3, 9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Senator Young Announces State Funding for Dredging of Chautauqua County Harbors and Waterways

For Release: Immediate, May 23, 2014

$300,000 of State Funding for Urgent Dredging Projects

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that critically-needed dredging projects in Chautauqua County will be able to go forward thanks to $300,000 she has secured.

“With the county’s harbors and waterways in tremendous need of dredging right now, this grant is great news for taxpayers and residents. The current condition of our harbors and waterways has contributed to damaging flooding and related problems. This funding lifts a significant burden from local taxpayers, who will not have to bear the brunt of the costs yet will still be able to see these important projects completed.

May 23, 2014


Ritchie-led Effort Part of County's 'Fight the Bite/Stop Triple-E' Campaign

Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday, disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County.  The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year. 

May 20, 2014


     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited East Hills Elementary School in Roslyn to congratulate 2nd grade student Emma Pnini on being chosen as a first place winner in the Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.

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

May 19, 2014

Committee Meeting: Enviromental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 901 LOB

May 20, 9:03 AM - 9:13 AM

On Capitol Pressroom with Senator Ted O'Brien to discuss fracking wastes from other states being dumped here in New York.

My colleague, Senator Ted O'Brien, and I joined Susan Arbetter on the Capitol Pressroom to discuss yesterday's forum on fracking wastes from other states being transported to and disposed of in New York. We don't allow high-volume horizontal fracking because of unanswered questions and the potential impact on

May 14, 2014

Associated Press: Ban on fracking waste proposed by Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. — Shipping hydraulic fracturing waste product into the state for treatment or disposal would be banned under legislation introduced Tuesday by Democrats in the state Senate.

The four bill released by the minority conference Tuesday would also ban the waste from being used to melt ice off roads and bar treatment facilities and landfills from accepting the byproduct.

Fracking involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to extract oil and gas from rock formations.

May 13, 2014

Senator Serrano Drills Against Hydrofracking at Environmental Forum

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano participated in a Senate Democratic Conference forum on hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) waste in New York State. The informative forum discussed the frightening health and environment side effects caused by hydrofracking. The forum also reviewed specific pieces of legislation aimed at protecting our health from the hydrofracking industry.

May 13, 2014

Grisanti's Bill Establishes Green Development Home Tax Exemption For Erie County

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of a bill that establishes a green development home tax exemption for local property owners, making an amendment of the state's real property tax law for property located within Erie County.


The legislation is expected to facilitating growth in the green home market by offering an incentive for homes that typically cost more than the average new home.


May 12, 2014

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 609 LOB

May 13, 9:00 AM - 9:23 AM

Senator Kennedy, Councilman Scanlon to Hold South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up Saturday, May 10

Senator Kennedy, Councilman Scanlon to Hold South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up Saturday, May 10

Additional volunteers are needed for clean-up event May 10 to help beautify the neighborhood and get the trees lining South Park Avenue ready for summer.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is planning the South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up for Saturday, May 10 with Councilman Chris Scanlon. The clean-up will start at 10 a.m. and run until about 5 p.m., and Kennedy and Scanlon are encouraging the community to come out and help get the neighborhood ready for summer.

May 8, 2014

Supporting Lake Shore Central School District's Energy Education Initiatives

Senator Grisanti recently visited Lake Shore High School for an Earth Day presentation recognizing his support for the Lake Shore Central School District's Energy Education Initiatives. Senator Grisanti was honored with a certificate of appreciation as well as a framed illustration by Alfonso Butlak IV, a senior at Lake Shore High School, which pays tribute to the senator's support of the district. The district has saved more than $180,000 through the Energy Education Program.

May 8, 2014

Public Service Announcement: Senator Ranzenhofer's E-Recycling Event

Senator Ranzenhofer has partnered with Time Warner Cable to encourage residents to safely dispose old electronics free of charge on Saturday, May 10th from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Click here for more information.

May 6, 2014

Editorial: Ban on toxic waste fails to get support

Times Herald Record May 1, 2014

Those who oppose hydraulic fracturing and those who are in favor all understand that New York will not be able to move ahead on any permits or regulations without including plans to handle the wastewater the process produces.

May 2, 2014

Senator Serrano Encourages New Yorkers to Participate in "It's My Park Day" & "I Love My Park Day"

Senator Serrano Urges New Yorkers to Beautify their Local and State Parks this Saturday, May 3rd

May 1, 2014
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