Issues: Environment

REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST FREE WASTE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS SATURDAY IN OSWEGO AND ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding residents of St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties that she will be hosting a second round of free waste tire disposal events on Saturday, May 9th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 

The events are part of an ongoing effort by Senator Ritchie and local community leaders to clean up our region, eliminate breeding ground for mosquitoes that could spread diseases—like Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE—and protect the environment.  The disposal events are funded through special grants that Senator Ritchie secured in the State Budget to help “Fight the Bite” and prevent EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases.

May 8, 2015
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Legislative Gazette: 11-year-old Helps Draft Bill to Recycle Batteries

A state senator, who has been a long-time environmental advocate, is following the lead of an 11-year-old boy from his district in Queens on an important issue in environmental policy: recycling of batteries.

At a press conference on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, Sen. Tony Avella, vice chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, announced the introduction of bill S.4522 that would require New York to establish a recycling program for everyday-use batteries.

At the conference Avella, D-Queens, introduced Eliot Seol who lives in Queens. Seol contacted the senator requesting he introduce a bill to address that batteries people use in common electronics are not recycled properly.

May 6, 2015
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Times Ledger: Mute Swan Bill Passes Senate a Second Time

A bill that seeks to protect mute swans from a state Department of Environmental Conservation plan to eradicate the population in the state passed the state Senate last week. An earlier version of the bill was vetoed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), would impose a two-year moratorium on the DEC plan.

Since the DEC announced the plan in 2013, on the grounds that the species is “invasive,” both animal rights activists and numerous lawmakers have voiced their opposition.

Avella called on the DEC to consider a non-lethal method for controlling the mute swan population, which is currently about 2,200 birds throughout the state, including the Rockaways.

May 6, 2015
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Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Kills MTS Legislation

New York –  In a 7 to 6 vote, the State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee today killed legislation (S.2556) introduced by Senator Liz Krueger that would ban the construction of any solid waste marine transfer station (MTS) within 800 feet of public housing. The legislation would apply to the proposed East 91st Street MTS site, as well as any other site near NYCHA developments. Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright carries the Assembly version of the bill (A.5903).  

May 5, 2015
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SECOND ROUND OF FREE WASTE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS THIS SATURDAY IN OSWEGO AND ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES

Effort to Clean Up Roadsides and Deny Mosquito Breeding Sources Has Removed 20,000 Tires in Two Years

May 4, 2015
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Sen. Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt talks about the events he took part in during Earth Week and the environmentally-friendly bills he sponsored that passed in the Senate on Earth Day. He also talks about the Equal Pay bill for women that is awaiting the governor's signature. Sen. Ortt talks about other stops he made throughout his district.

May 1, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Room 801 LOB

May 5, 10:00 AM - 10:28 AM
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Park Cleaned Up During ‘Love Your Block’ Campaign

“I was proud to take part in the Love Your Block campaign, and I am glad that the love in our community for Astoria Heights Park continues to translate into tangible improvements at this playground,” said Gianaris. “I commend Lynn Kennedy and all the Friends of Astoria Heights Park for their continued efforts on this front and vow to continue working with Councilman Constantinides and Assemblywoman Simotas to preserve, protect and improve public space in our community.”

Head to the Western Queens Gazette for more on how Senator Gianaris is working with the community to improve our park. 

April 30, 2015
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Ribbon cut on $2 million playground renovation

“I am thrilled that Sunnysiders will get to enjoy the new and improved Thomas P. Noonan playground ahead of schedule, and just in time for spring. This park is not only a monument to veterans and a Sunnyside hero, but also an escape from city life that provides local children with the open space they desperately need," Senator Gianaris said about the playground ribbon cutting. 

Read on at the Queens Ledger for more info on this new and improved public space. 

April 30, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

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 would make it a criminal offense for those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime. The bill (S834) would help deter criminal activity and prevent environmental crimes.

In one related incident that took place in the Town of Greece, Monroe County, criminals broke into a spare electrical transformer owned by Rochester Gas and Electric, and stole copper to resell for profit. Removal of the copper resulted in 4,800 gallons of oil being drained from the transformer, causing land and water contamination of the surrounding environment with an estimated remediation cost of over $1 million.

April 29, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would make it a criminal offense for those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime.

April 28, 2015
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Yonkers Arbor Day Celebration

(Yonkers - April 24th) The students from Museum School 25 in Yonkers helped celebrate Arbor Day with the Senator, Mayor Michael Spano and City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino at Trevor Park. Did you know that Yonkers is a "Tree City USA" because it meets standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters? Happy Arbor Day!

April 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Eliminate the Use of Back Tags for Hunters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced the Senate has passed a bill (S-92) that will eliminate a requirement that hunters display and wear back tags while hunting in New York State.  The legislation would amend environmental conservation law and eliminate confusion over hunting requirements.  

April 27, 2015
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Senator Serrano Celebrates "Adirondack Day" in Albany

Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, celebrated "Adirondack Day" in Albany.  The Senator joined his colleague, Senator Betty Little, in helping promote tourism and encouraging everyone to explore the Adirondacks and all the parks and historic sites New York State has to offer.

April 27, 2015
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Special Waste Drop-Off Event in NT a Success

Sen. Ortt capped off Earth Week with a Special Waste Drop-Off event in North Tonawanda. Dozens of people stopped by to drop off their old electronics and harmful household items. According to the Niagara County Refuse District's acting director, more than 20 tons of toxic waste and 40 tons of electronic waste were turned in.

 

April 25, 2015
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Finger Lakes Land Trust announces funding for regional tourism and conservation projects ~ O'Mara highlights importance of Environmental Protection Fund

Ithaca, N.Y., April 23–The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced today that it has been awarded a total of $51,000 for regional conservation and tourism projects through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.

"One of the true highlights of the recently enacted state budget is that we strengthened the Environmental Protection Fund, and this is exactly why," said State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. 

April 23, 2015
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TOSS YOUR TIRES! RITCHIE REMINDS PUBLIC OF FREE WASTE TIRE DROP-OFFS SATURDAY

$15 Fee to be Waived at St. Lawrence County Events Taking Place During “Earth Week” 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding St. Lawrence County residents that as part of Earth Week, she will be hosting two free waste tire drop-off events on Saturday, April 25th.

Being made possible with special funding secured by Senator Ritchie in the State Budget, the events—which are aimed at cleaning up the county, protecting the environment and stopping the spread of illnesses—are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department.  In addition to this weekend’s events, Senator Ritchie will also host free tire drop-offs on May 9th.

“Across our region, many people are celebrating Earth Week by making an extra effort to tidy up their yards and get rid of waste and debris that pollutes our planet,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 23, 2015
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Murphy Promotes Key Environmental Bills in Honor of Earth Day

ALBANY, NY - Earlier today the New York State Senate celebrated Earth Day by passing several measures experts say echo the initiatives once championed in the halls of Albany by President Theodore Roosevelt. Senator Terrence P. Murphy, who as a local councilman had a long history of progressing environmental initiatives announced his support and sponsorship of key pieces of legislation.

"When it comes to the environment we must find ways to preserve the beauty of our state for future generations," Murphy said. "New York has a long history of leading the nation when it comes to promoting and embracing environmental initiatives and I am proud to continue this legacy on Earth Day."

April 22, 2015
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In Honor Of Earth Week, Senate Passes Senator Young's Legislation To Protect And Preserve Our Environment

Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism

 

ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.

 

April 22, 2015
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