Issues: Environment

GOV. CUOMO OK’S RITCHIE BILL BOOSTING FUNDS FOR EEE SPRAYING

Oswego to Share in New $100,000 State Fund to Help Combat Disease Carrying Bugs

Governor Cuomo today signed legislation sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, that boosts state payments to counties, including Oswego, to help in the fight against EEE, West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.The new law, S.7340, which was sponsored in the Assembly by Syracuse-area Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, provides up to $100,000 in additional state reimbursement for aerial mosquito control spraying over state land.

October 3, 2012
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Taking on Hydrofracking; Protecting New York's Environment

Senator Espaillat discuss a his trip to observe the hydrofracking process and the impact it has on communities. 

October 1, 2012
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Taking on Hydrofracking; Protecting New York's Environment

New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement regarding breaking reports that Governor Cuomo’s administration is extending the review process scrutinizing hydrofracking, a dangerous drilling procedure that poses significant risks to the environment and the drinking water supply.

 

October 1, 2012
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Reuse, Recycle, and Remember to Come Out for My 7th Free Community Recycling Event

By NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) 

September 25, 2012
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Peace Bridge plaza areas designated as "no idling" zones

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) board of directors recently announced their authorization of separate "no idling" zones for the Canada and U.S. secondary Customs plaza areas and adjacent Duty Free parking lots.

September 21, 2012
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DEC Commences Peace Bridge Plaza Air Monitoring Effort To Assess Local Air Quality


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commenced air monitoring activity in the vicinity of the Peace Bridge U.S. plaza, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens recently announced.

The monitoring effort will assess local air quality via particulate matter concentrations for a six-month period before and after proposed renovations to the current plaza area. After each study period, DEC will evaluate the collected air quality data and provide a report to the public in both English and Spanish.

September 17, 2012
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ADDABBO’S 6th RECYCLING DAY HELD IN ROCKAWAY

ADDABBO’S 6th RECYCLING DAY HELD IN ROCKAWAY  

Residents Drop Off Electronics for Recycling; Free Event Co-sponsored with Phil Goldfeder

September 11, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Start for Zurbrick Road Project

After decade of setbacks, project will finally break ground in mid-September.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced work will finally begin on the long-delayed Zurbrick Road project starting mid-September. The project will start with the remediation of waste left behind from the former Depew Landfill and the stabilization of the stream bank.

Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy Tuesday to commend the Department of Environmental Conservation for pressing this project forward.

September 4, 2012
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Beach Clean Up

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting residents to lend a helping hand in keeping Long Island’s beaches clean by participating in a beach cleanup day he is sponsoring at Jones Beach on September 15, 2012 from 8 am to 1 pm.

Senator Fuschillo is sponsoring the event in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and Operation SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering And Save Harbors) to keep our beaches and shores clean and prevent pollution from harming our oceans and marine life.

September 15, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Cutting Government Red Tape For New York Dairy Farmers

 

ALBANY, 08/15/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined Governor Cuomo in announcing immediate steps to cut government red tape to help New York dairy farmers capitalize on the growing Greek yogurt market.

“New York’s Greek yogurt makers are using millions of pounds of milk each day and it only makes sense that they use milk from New York dairy farms,” said Senator Seward.  “In order to facilitate this, we are cutting government red tape and partnering with our farmers so they can expand and meet growing demand for dairy products.” 

August 15, 2012
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Senator Perkins holds press conference to announce public forum on state superfund sites!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Contact:  Cordell Cleare 212-222-7315

 

August 15, 2012
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August 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Grisanti sponsored “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” signed by governor law requires prompt information for all sewage spills

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) recently announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” which passed the Senate in June.

This bill, which Grisanti introduced, amends the environmental conservation law to establish a procedure for the operator of any sewage treatment plant to notify the public of all raw sewage overflows within 24 hours. The bill spells out all the information that must be reported to the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation including when, where and how much has been spilled.   The purpose of this legislation is to provide valuable information to the public about spills in a timely manner and in an effective way.

August 13, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO INFORM PUBLIC OF SEWAGE SPILLS

Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act Will Help Protect Public Health by Increasing Awareness of Water Conditions

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he cosponsored to require greater public disclosure when sewage is discharged into the waterways has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

August 10, 2012
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GALLIVAN CONTINUES TO PRESSURE THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO CUT COSTS RATHER THAN RAISE TOLLS ON TRUCKS

Chairman of the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, formally requested that the New York State Thruway Authority consider cost saving measures before anything as drastic as a 45 percent toll hike on three-axled vehicles is considered.

In the letter to Thruway Authority Chairman, Howard Milstein, Senator Gallivan said that any such toll hike would have a serious impact on the western New York economy, area farms, and consumers.

August 10, 2012
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Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012
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Clean Streets=Clean Beaches - A day of service to help clean up some of the local beaches that New Yorkers enjoy the most

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, together with the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Parks and Recreation, recently launched their Clean Streets=Clean Beaches campaign to educate citizens about the effects that improperly disposed of street litter can have on our enjoyment of the beaches during the hot summer months. During a rain storm, street litter can wash into storm drains and be carried into local waterways and onto the beaches.

August 12, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR TOUR OF REENERGY PLANT

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday for a tour of the ReEnergy Black River plant located on Ft. Drum.

August 6, 2012
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO STRENGTHEN SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS

Law Increases Reimbursement Cap for Districts from $30,000 to $60,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bill to strengthen soil and water conservation districts has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

August 2, 2012
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