Issues: Environment

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News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 20, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Celebrates April 22nd as Earth Day

April 20, 2012
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Krueger, Kellner: Delta Airline Emergency Underscores Need to Cancel MTS Plans, Reduce Bird Strike Dangers

New York – Yesterday, a bird strike forced a Delta Air Lines flight outbound from John F. Kennedy Airport to return and make an emergency landing. Thankfully, Flight 1063's engine problems following the bird strike did not result in disaster, and the aircraft returned to the airport under its own power. New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) released the following statement in response:

“We all know New York City is crowded, and not just its streets and sidewalks. New York City’s sky is crowded, too – and while this bird strike occurred on a flight path out of JFK, it's a reminder that we need to work on mitigating the risks for all our airports. We agree with the Friends of LaGuardia Airport, former FAA officials who think that putting bird-attracting sanitation facilities in major flight paths is a bad idea. The planned North Shore and East 91st Street Marine Transfer Stations will attract more birds to LaGuardia's flight paths and increase the risks.”

April 20, 2012
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH DOT ON ROUTE 12 'SALT WATER'

Invites Homeowners, Businesses to Contact Office with Concerns

April 18, 2012
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RITCHIE, AG COMMISSIONER DISCUSS EEE FUNDING

State Budget Funds for Mosquito Control, Horse Vaccination to Help Stop Spread 

April 18, 2012
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ADDABBO, MILLER COLLECT TONS FOR THEIR 5th RECYCLING DAY

Thousands of Pounds Collected at Free Recycling Event in Forest Park, Woodhaven

 

April 17, 2012
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NYSDEC Reminds New Yorkers Of State Law Restricting Use Of Lawn Fertilizers Containing Phosphorus

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is urging New Yorkers to be mindful of a new state law that limits the percentage of phosphorus in lawn fertilizers and restricts the time of year and locations where fertilizers can be used. The fertilizer provisions of the NYS Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law went into effect on January 1. 

The new restrictions, affecting those who want to fertilize their lawns this spring, will reduce the quantity of phosphorus entering the state’s waters, diminishing the degradation to ponds, rivers, lakes and streams. 

April 11, 2012
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Grisanti repair program for pesticide containers signed into law by governor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that  Governor Cuomo has signed into law Grisanti’s legislation which extends for two years the provision of the environmental conservation law that allows merchants in the State of New York to implement a “minor repair program” for damaged pesticide containers and lawn fertilizers containing pesticides.

This act will bring New York State in line with the national program implemented by the EPA in 2009 to address concerns of the unnecessary disposal of consumer pesticide products such as lawn fertilizers.

April 11, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Grisanti announces legislative package aimed at protecting our environment with regards to hydrofracking

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation for these last sixteen months, I have advanced a number of reforms aimed at protecting the environment, from sponsoring New York’s Water Withdrawal legislation that ensures compliance with the Great Lakes Compact, to advocating for enhancing our Environmental Protection Fund.  Nonetheless, I have encountered no single issue as critical, controversial and important as high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).

I held a Public Hearing, attended and participated in a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hearing, as well as observed an Assembly hearing on this topic.  Further, held extensive meetings and discussions regarding hydraulic fracturing with stakeholders.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Senate Republican Conference Votes Down Six Pieces of Legislation Which Would Provide Aid and Opportunities to New Yorkers

Health Care Exchange Legislation Would Ensure Better Insurance Options and Protection for Many Currently without Coverage

DREAM Act and Increased Foundation Aid Would Provide Greater Access and Resources for New York’s Education System

April 3, 2012
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State Budget Includes Funding To Combat Hydrilla

Albany, 03/28-12 —State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Tom O’Mara (R/C-Big Flats), and Mike Nozzolio (R/C-Seneca Falls) announced today that the 2012-2013 state budget includes $800,000 in funding to assist local efforts to stop the spread of the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla, which was found last year in the Cayuga Inlet.

The trio of state lawmakers has been working closely with local leaders and other state officials to urge both houses of the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide increased state support to begin a more aggressive, effective eradication program this spring.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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O'Mara: state budget includes funding to combat threat to Finger Lakes environment and economy

[April 2, 2012 Update: Listen here to Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane on WHCU radio]

March 28, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE WINS BUDGET AID FOR REGION’S WATERS

Neatahwanta, Black Lakes; Oswego River and Henderson Harbor Benefit from Funds

March 27, 2012
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Sen. Krueger to GOP: Why Not Hold Gas Companies Accountable for Fracking Disasters?

Albany, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today offered an amendment on the floor to specifically hold companies and individuals responsible for environmental damage resulting from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction. The amendment was proposed to S.702, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Greece), which would make environmental damage of property a crime in New York State when the damage was caused during the commission of another felony.

March 27, 2012
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