Issues: Environment

SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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June 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF SEWAGE SPILL NOTIFICATION LEGISLATION

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

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation that would increase the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage into the state’s waterways could affect public health.

June 26, 2012
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Fracking

 

The only way to protect all New Yorkers from the financial and health risks associated with the chemical concoction used in the hydraulic fracturing process is to enact a “Property Owner’s Bill of Rights” (S5879). With this legislation, these are some of the key items natural gas companies will be mandated to do:

June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Speaks Against S.7789

Watch this YouTube video of Senator Gianaris' remarks opposing a bill that would make it easier for power plants that were supposed to be placed here on a temporary basis to become permanent.

June 25, 2012
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June 22, 2012
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NYCO land exchange amendment wins first passage

            The State Assembly late Wednesday approved first passage of a resolution to amend the New York State Constitution and allow for a land exchange that will help NYCO Mineral, Inc. continue its wollastonite mining operation in Essex County.  The Senate passed the resolution Tuesday.

June 22, 2012
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Legislature approves first passage of Township 40 constitutional amendment

            A proposed state constitutional amendment that would settle a century-old title dispute in the Adirondacks won passage in the State Assembly late Wednesday following Senate passage Tuesday, according to sponsors Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. 

June 22, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO SEWAGE SPILL NOTIFICATION BILL

Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act Protects Public Health by Increasing Awareness of Water Conditions    The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that increases the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage to the state’s waterways could affect public health. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S6268D), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would require prompt notification of such sewage discharges so that the public has the information they need to make decisions about water based recreation like swimming, boating, and fishing.

June 21, 2012
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LEGISLATURE APPLAUDED FOR PASSING SEAGRASS PROTECTION ACT; GOVERNOR CUOMO URGED TO SIGN IT INTO LAW

Seagrass is Critically Important Habitat for Fish, Shellfish; Important for Water Quality; New Study Highlights its Susceptibility to Nitrogen 

June 21, 2012
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Sewage Spill Notification Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that increases the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage to the state’s waterways could affect public health. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S6268D), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would require prompt notification of such sewage discharges so that the public has the information they need to make decisions about water based recreation like swimming, boating, and fishing.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REDUCE MERCURY IN LIGHT BULBS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that prohibits the sale of light bulbs that contain high levels of mercury – a known hazardous chemical. The bill (S7004) would protect the environment and public health by reducing the amount of mercury that ends up in homes and the waste stream.

The Federal Government is working to move consumers away from incandescent light bulbs, which is a good way to save energy, but it can also present a new hazard in the waste stream if those bulbs are not limited in the amount of mercury they can contain. This legislation details the amount of mercury to be allowed in fluorescent lamps, and normal lifetime and long lifetime bulbs.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill (S.6826a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury) that would restrict the sale, possession and importation of invasive species in an effort to combat a growing environmental and costly problem throughout New York.  

June 19, 2012
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Senate approves legislation to combat invasive species

     The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill (S.6826a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would restrict the sale, possession and importation of invasive species in an effort to combat a growing environmental and costly problem throughout New York. 

June 19, 2012
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Senators Larkin and Bonacic Welcome Local Business Leaders to the Senate Chamber

John Lavelle (Alliance for Balanced Growth), Maureen Halahan (Orange County Partnership), Mayor Kyle Roddey (Village of Goshen) and Dominic Cordisco (Alliance for Balanced Growth) join Senators Bill Larkin and John Bonacic in the Senate Chamber during their recent visit to Albany.  Local officials and business development leaders were in town to meet with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens concerning the proposed changes to DEC’s wetland maps and the impact these changes would have on the business community and future development projects.

June 14, 2012
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