Issues: Environment

Independent Democratic Conference Earns Senate Passage of Major Sandy Legislation Aimed at Preparing New York Families and Businesses for the Next Major Storm

Albany, New York – Last night, the New York State Senate passed five major storm recovery and disaster preparedness bills sponsored by the Independent Democratic Conference. The five IDC bills, part of a sweeping Sandy package passed by the senate, tackle many of the most difficult issues facing Sandy victims months after the storm.

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness.

June 17, 2013
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Bill to ban feral swine passes Senate

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would prohibit the importation and possession of Eurasian boar, otherwise known as feral swine. 

Companion legislation is expected to be considered in the Assembly later this week.  The legislation was introduced at the request of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“When we talk about invasive species, feral swine isn’t what comes to the minds of most people first, but these are very destructive animals that can cause a lot of problems and be very difficult to control,” said Senator Betty Little.

June 17, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CROSSBOW HUNTING IN NEW YORK

Gallivan Says “It’s Time To Expand Opportunities For State’s Sportsmen”

ALBANY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that the New York State Senate has again passed legislation (1699-B) to make the crossbow a legal hunting implement in New York State, and empower the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to promulgate rules and regulations to establish a crossbow hunting season and govern their use in New York.

June 14, 2013
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VIDEO: Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti .

Senator Grisanti discusses Disabilities Education, Animal Advocacy Day, End of Year Legislation and Summer Reading Program.

June 13, 2013
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VIDEO: Senator Mark Grisanti session remarks on the Peace Bridge

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti makes remarks on the floor during session held Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Albany:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KEaWSvZgA5U

June 13, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Herkimer County Health Net

On June 11th in Albany, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of honoring Herkimer County Health Net for being a 2013 recipient of the Parks and Trails New York’s Get Outdoors award. Herkimer County Health Net’s program, Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play, implemented 18 park and trail projects in the county’s villages and towns. Pictured with Senator Farley are Herkimer County Health Net Executive Director Adam Hutchinson and Project Coordinator Alison Swartz.

June 12, 2013
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Herkimer County HealthNet Receives Statewide Honor

ALBANY, 06/11/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today honored Herkimer County HealthNet during the Parks & Trails New York  annual award ceremony at the Capitol.  Herkimer County HealthNet received the Get Outdoors award for its commitment to developing and maintaining trails and playgrounds throughout the county.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Grisanti To Host Free Electronics Recycling Collection Event On Grand Island

Environmental Conservation Committee Chairman Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) will be hosting an free electronics recycling  collection event in the Town of Grand Island.

June 15, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Young to Host Electronics Recycling Event in Falconer

Residents can get rid of old, unwanted electronics free of charge

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young announced that she has teamed up with Sunnking and SKF Aeroengine to offer a free electronics recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at SKF Aeroengine, One Maroco Road, Falconer.

June 6, 2013
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SQUADRON, PARKS ADVOCATES URGE LARGE CONSERVANCIES TO JOIN NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS ALLIANCE & ENSURE MORE EQUITY ACROSS NYC PARKS

With Pools on Chopping Block, Squadron Calls for Increased Parks Funding

Squadron Also Announces Legislation to Require Participation of Well-Funded Conservancies in Alliance

LOWER EAST SIDE – With pools in low-income neighborhoods on the chopping block this summer, and disparities between parks around the city continuing to grow, State Senator Daniel Squadron and parks advocates are calling on large, well-funded park conservancies to join Squadron's proposed Neighborhood Parks Alliance to ensure more equity across the city's 1,700 parks, and urging an increase in parks funding. Squadron was joined by parks advocates at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

June 2, 2013
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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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