Issues: Environment

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 901 LOB

June 4, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM
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Senator Valesky’s Expanded Pride of New York Legislation Passes Senate Bill Will Encourage Restaurants to Use Local Foods

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation creating a program to recognize restaurants featuring local products promoting New York-grown products sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) passed the Senate today.

May 30, 2013
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VIDEO: Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti .

Senator Grisanti discusses the Skyway in the City of Buffalo, Veteran's Hall of Fame Honoree Rodger Woodworth, green tax credits, protecting animals and Memorial Day events.

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Fines for Littering on Highways

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would increase the fines for littering on highways and the lands next to them.

May 29, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT JUNE 1ST

Fulton Event to Benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County

The public is invited to drop-off old electronics—and help United Way of Greater Oswego County—at  State Senator Patty Ritchie’s free electronics recycling event on Saturday June 1st.

May 29, 2013
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Grisanti And Ryan: Bill to Increase Funding for Scajaquada Creek Restoration Signed Into Law

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I- Buffalo) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D,WF- Buffalo) announced today that legislation they sponsored in the Senate and Assembly has passed and been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation (S2075, A836) adds Scajaquada Creek to the state list that defines inland waterways.

Prior to this new law, the list did not include Scajaquada Creek, which meant it was not eligible for state and federal grants under the New York State Environmental Protection Fund's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF-LWRP). Adding Scajaquada Creek to this list will allow funding from the EPF-LWRP to be used to improve water quality and assist with clean-up efforts along the creek.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S1016) would deter thieves or other vandals from committing crimes that could result in contamination, and hold those accountable for financial and environmental damage from their actions.

May 29, 2013
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ADDABBO JOINS WITH SENATE COLLEAGUES IN CALLING FOR HYDROFRACKING MORATORIUM

Queens, NY, May 24, 2013 --  NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) recently joined his colleagues in the Senate in calling for action on legislation (S.4236-A) he co-sponsors to establish a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. The proposed legislation would ensure that environmental and health experts have enough time to assess the full impact drilling would have on the public health and overall environment of New York State.

May 24, 2013
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Flood Relief Rally at DEP Headquarters (video#2)

Flood Relief Rally at DEP Headquarters - May 24, 2013. Flooding is a serious problem affecting Southeast Queens. It is partially caused by an elevated groundwater table and the cessation of pumping at area wells, along with the lack of a fully constructed storm sewer system.

May 24, 2013
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Flood Relief Rally at DEP Headquarters - May 24, 2013.

Flood Relief Rally at DEP Headquarters - May 24, 2013. Flooding is a serious problem affecting Southeast Queens. It is partially caused by an elevated groundwater table and the cessation of pumping at area wells, along with the lack of a fully constructed storm sewer system.

May 24, 2013
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Grisanti and Ryan Announce Legislation to Reform the Niagara River Greenway

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D, WF - Buffalo) announced today legislation to reform the Niagara River Greenway.  Created by state law in 2004, the Niagara River Greenway Plan was designed to improve the waterfront along the Niagara River, in 13 municipalities, by "creating a linear system of parks, and conservation areas, linked by multi-use trails". A recently released report by the Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) has found that the Greenway Standing Committees, which determine funding for Greenway projects, have spent nearly $50 million since 2004.

May 24, 2013
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Flood Relief Rally at DEP Headquarters - May 24, 2013

Flood Relief Rally at DEP Headquarters - May 24, 2013. Flooding is a serious problem affecting Southeast Queens. It is partially caused by an elevated groundwater table and the cessation of pumping at area wells, along with the lack of a fully constructed storm sewer system.

May 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S1016) would deter thieves or other vandals from committing crimes that could result in contamination, and hold those accountable for financial and environmental damage from their actions.

May 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime.

May 23, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Room 901 LOB

May 30, 9:00 AM - 9:06 AM
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Fracking Moratorium Vote Urged (Source: Times Union)

Source: Times Union

State Senate Democrats and opponents of the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking called on the chamber's Majority Coalition to take up a bill that would ban its use through May 15, 2015.

"New Yorkers deserve a vote on this issue, because it is an issue that will impact each and every one of us," said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at a Wednesday news conference.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella, passed the Assembly in early March and is currently before the Senate's Environmental Conservation Committee.

May 23, 2013
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Senator Parker Passes Smart Metering Bill for Residential Consumers

Senator Parker Passes Senate Bill No.1642A

Smart Metering for Residential Consumers Headed to the Senate Floor for a Vote

May 22, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins and Democratic Conference Call for Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her colleagues in the Democratic Conference today called for action to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and require a comprehensive health impact study. The moratorium will provide experts more time to assess concerns about the potential impacts hydrofracking will have on New York’s environment and economy.

May 22, 2013
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Senator O'Brien calls for fracking moratorium

 

ALBANY, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien stood with his Democratic conference colleagues to call for a moratorium on the issuance of certain natural gas drilling permits until a comprehensive health impact study has been completed.  Senator O'Brien stressed the importance of allowing the scientific inquiry regarding "fracking" to advance before making a final decision.

May 22, 2013
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