Issues: Environment

Senator Grisanti’s Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built in New York State Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate bill S. 1710 which would provide green development home tax exemptions. Grisanti’s bill would allow a tax exemption of 35 percent for real property for a period of no longer than 20 years if authorized by the local municipality.

According to Senator Grisanti, the legislation will help to incentivize builders to invest in green homes, which are typically more expensive to build.

May 22, 2013

Senate Passes Measure to Encourage Environmentally Friendly Home Building

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to encourage the building of more “green” homes by creating a property tax exemption.

May 20, 2013


Funding Will Help Boaters, Local Businesses

Just in time for the summer boating season, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in state funding to be used for the dredging of the Sandy Pond Channel in Oswego County.

On Thursday, Senator Ritchie met with local leaders, community members, business owners and members of the Sandy Pond Channel Maintenance Association to make the announcement. 

May 16, 2013

New York and New Jersey Legislators Join with Homeowners to Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign Rockland/Bergen Bi-State River Commission Bill

Joint Effort Between NY and NJ will Prevent Flooding Hazards Along Major Tributaries and Watersheds; Key Priority Among Hudson Valley Communities

May 15, 2013

Tkaczyk Proposes Ban on Hazardous Fracking Waste Being Shipped into New York State

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced legislation that would ban hazardous waste products from out-of-state fracking operations from being imported into, treated or disposed of in New York State.

“New York is under assault,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Tens of thousands of tons of hazardous wastes are being shipped here each year from fracking sites in Pennsylvania and other states. These wastes have high levels of heavy metals, carcinogens and other toxic chemicals and compounds, yet they are exempt from the storage and treatment regulations which govern the handling of other hazardous substances.”

May 15, 2013

Senator Phil Boyle Sponsors “Shed The Meds” Program

Community Members Safely Dispose of Unwanted Prescription DrugsIslip, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently sponsored a “Shed The Meds” program at the Islip Fire Department to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted prescription medications.  As Chairman of the NY Senate Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Senator Boyle invited the community to join him in his efforts to help prevent the improper and illegal use of prescription drugs.  The safe disposal of unwanted or expired drugs also helps to protect our waterways and ensure the safety of our local water supply, as recent studies have shown that disposing of medications down your toilet or sink can have adverse affects on our local ecosystems.

May 15, 2013

Senator O'Brien to Recognize Poster Contest-Winning Fairport Student


Senator O’Brien will be meeting with a student at Martha Brown Middle School in Fairport who won the 55th District’s Earth Day poster contest.

He will be presented with a certificate and a copy of his poster that was displayed in the halls of the Legislative Office Building in the state capital complex in Albany.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.


Martha Brown Middle School665 Ayrault Rd.Fairport, NY 14450

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May 14, 2013

Senator Serrano Congratulates Winner for the New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 29th District

(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano visited PS 385 Performance School in the Bronx to congratulate Amiyah Collins as the winner of the New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 29th Senate District. Students from schools throughout the 29th Senate District contributed to the Earth Day poster contest displaying their commitment to the environment and their communities.

May 10, 2013

Senator Boyle Sponsored Beach Grass Planting and Cleanup At Robert Moses State Park

Volunteers Join in Beach Restoration and Cleanup Efforts Babylon, New York – Senator Phil Boyle on Saturday, May 4th sponsored a beach grass planting event at Robert Moses State Park.  Nearly 50 local volunteers participated in the effort to restore some of the damage left behind after Superstorm Sandy.   “Superstorm Sandy left behind a devastating impact on our local beaches,” said Senator Boyle.  “As the summer nears, it is important that we take proactive steps to repair our beaches and protect our environment and way of life.” 

May 9, 2013

Senate Passes Bills to Increase "Green" Building Construction and Reduce Energy Costs

The New York State Senate today passed bills that would continue to promote the construction of environmentally-friendly buildings and the cost-saving benefits of net metering for utility bills. Both bills are sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), and would help reduce the consumption of limited natural resources, promote the use of renewable energy, and lower energy costs.

May 6, 2013

Robert Moses Beach Planting Sponsored by Senator Phil Boyle

Robert Moses Beach Grass Planting

Sadly, Hurricane Sandy left behind a devastating impact on our local beaches.  Acres upon acres of our beaches are now threatened due to the erosion from the storm. That is why I am organizing this important beach planting event as summer nears.

The beach bayberry and beach plum plants will help stabilize and rebuild some of the sand dunes destroyed from Hurricane Sandy. In turn, the restored sand dunes will help provide a natural protection from future coastal storms.

Now its our turn to take action to restore some of what was lost last October. Please join me and your fellow Long Islanders at our first annual beach planting event on Saturday morning, May 4.

May 4, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Senator Young meets with members of the Genesee Valley Conservancy

Senator Young recently met with members of the Genesee Valley Conservancy. They thanked her for her support and gave the Senator an update on their efforts. Currently, the Conservancy has approximately 14,000 acres protected through a number of easements and preserves. The open spaces that they protect help keep our area beautiful for all outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Pictured with Senator Young are Boardmembers Joyce Wechsler, Myrtle Merritt (President), Gail McGuire, Sheila Chanler and Executive Director Benjamin Gajewski.

May 3, 2013

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 901 LOB

May 7, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM

Town of Gates Earth Week Celebration

On Saturday morning, the Town of Gates held its Earth Week Dedication Ceremony at Lions Park. This year, a tree was planted and dedicated to the Citizens of the Town of Gates from 1813 through 2013. The town is celebrating it's Bicentennial this year.

May 1, 2013

Arbor Day In Greece

On Friday, I had the privilege to help plant a tree at Barnard Park in Greece to recognize Arbor Day. This year's Arbor Day Tree Planting ceremony was in honor of Richard Roberts, who formerly served as a member of the Town of Greece Tree Council.

April 29, 2013

City of White Plains Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, April 28th at Turnure Park in White Plains, NY to celebrate a festival of Japanese culture and tradition. The cherry tree and its blossoms, known as sakura, is a symbol of life, death and rebirth in Japanese culture, which "represents the end of the winter season and the beginning of new life in spring as well as the ephemeral nature of all life". This special event was hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Roach, the White Plains Recreation & Parks Department and the Japan Education Center.

April 29, 2013

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

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

April 30, 9:00 AM - 9:08 AM

Senator Griffo to Hold Free E-waste / Document Shredding / Medication Disposal Event

Community recycling event is co-sponsored by Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics Recycling, Confidata, the Town of New Hartford Police Department, and the New Hartford Shopping Center

April 25, 2013

7th Annual EnviroFair Friday at Niagara Square in Buffalo

WHAT:     7th Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair in Niagara Square.  This year it falls on Arbor Day.   Many local organizations will interact with the public about ways to steward their planet.

April 26, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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