Issues: Environment

Grisanti-Sponsored Legislation That Prohibits The Sale, Possession And Distribution Of Shark Fins Signed Into Law

Buffalo legislator led push to make it illegal to
possess, sell or distribute shark fins in New
York

July 26, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Cuomo set to sign law banning shark fin trade in New York State

Shark fin soup goes back to the Ming Dynasty and is almost as hard to find in
Western New York as a Super Bowl trophy.

But the expensive Asian delicacy is about to go off menus across New York,
making environmentalists happy.

Legislation is now before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ban the sale, trade and
distribution of shark fins. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill as early as
today, according to advocates and lawmakers, who passed the measure with all but
one vote in the Senate and Assembly this spring.

July 26, 2013
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LaValle Carmans River Protection Bill Sent to Governor

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that his bill to add additional parcels to the Pine Barrens and protect the Carmans River has been sent to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the bill on July 19 to sign or veto the measure.

July 23, 2013
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Senator Valesky, Mohawk Valley Senate Delegation Advance Flood Recovery Strategy

SYRACUSE, N.Y.–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.

July 15, 2013
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THIS SUMMER: TIPS FOR BEATING THE BUGS

Senator Ritchie's Weekly Column

With the recent warm weather and sunny skies, many people in the Central and Northern New York region have been spending the bulk of their summer days—and nights—outside.  While there’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes looking to take a bite out of your summer fun.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly known as EEE, is a rate but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes. There are typically 5-10 human cases in the United State annually; with people over the age of 50 and under the age of 15 at the greatest risk of serious infection.  EEE is much more common in horses and has resulted in deaths of dozens of horses in our region in recent years. 

This year—for the second year in a row—I was able to secure special funding in the State Budget for an “Eastern Equine Encephalitis Program,” aimed at paying costs of aerial spraying to control mosquitoes, funding a low-cost horse vaccination program and supporting educational outreach to communities affected by the disease. 

July 15, 2013
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A BRIGHT IDEA! SANDY CREEK HONORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented an official Senate Resolution to the Sandy Creek Central School District this week, congratulating the district on being named being named one of the top five “Energy STAR” schools in Central New York.

The Sandy Creek Central School District was named an “Energy STAR” school for improving its energy performance, managing energy strategically across the district and making cost-effective, energy-saving improvements. 

July 12, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Announces Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Workshop

NEW CITY  – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) will host a Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Workshop to offer residents tips on how to conserve energy and save money on their homes.  The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.  Experts will discuss a number of ways in which homeowners can conduct energy audits, learn about its environmental benefits, green building design and construction, and more. 

July 9, 2013
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Sen. Malcolm Smith interviewed for Palitra TV

Sen. Malcolm Smith interviewed for Palitra TV of the country of Georgia. 6-28-13

June 28, 2013
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Grisanti Asks Judge For Maximum Penalties Against Tonawanda Coke

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) today submitted a letter to the Chief District Judge of the United States District Court asking for the maximum fine that is allowed by law to be handed to Tonawanda Coke Corporation for the illegal actions and willful violation of environmental law that resulted in health-related problems and illnesses for some residents who live near the Tonawanda Coke facility. As chairman of the New York State Senate's Environmental Conservation Commission, Sen. Grisanti believes his request to Chief District Judge William M.

June 28, 2013
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Update on Middleport remediation

Click the link below to read a letter Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and I recently sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding our efforts to protect the quality of life in Middleport. 

Our letter is critical of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s over-zealous calls for property remediation, and it asks the Governor to intervene on behalf of our community.

File: 
Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding Middleport remediation

June 27, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: New York State, Canada Announce Peace Bridge Agreement

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Canadian officials this morning announced an agreement concerning improvements at the Peace Bridge.

“We prefer partnership,’’ said Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, of the end to the months-long dispute that seriously tested relations between New York and Canada.

“Some would say we’ve been trying to do this for 20 years,’’ Cuomo said. He said the deal is between Canada and New York and ensures that delays on the Peace Bridge Authority will no longer get in the way. “There’s nothing conceptual here ... This is a very specific plan with projects that we’re committed to.’’

June 27, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Touts Environmental Initiatives on Earth Day

(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris announced the passage of a bill which would establish incentives for investments in solar energy and applauded Mayor Michael Bloomberg for announcing the largest expansion of New York City’s Recycling Program in 25 years. Senator Gianaris noted that environmental activists had reason to cheer this week as the country celebrated Earth Day on Monday April 22nd and New York, on both the city and state levels, took real steps forward in going green.

June 26, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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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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