Issues: Environment

SENATOR AVELLA PRAISES STATE’S HIGHEST COURT AFFIRMING LOCAL HYDROFRACKING BAN

New York State Court of Appeals ruled 5-2, affirming the rights of two towns to use local zoning ordinances to ban fracking for natural gas

 

June 30, 2014
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Seward Plugs In Funding For SUNY Cobleskill Energy Savings Project

ONEONTA, 06/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cobleskill’s energy savings project.  

“SUNY Cobleskill offers innovative student programs on a campus that is continually evolving to meet changing needs,” said Senator Seward.  “This funding will help the school go even further by backing new green energy improvements that will lead to a more efficient, environmentally friendly campus – saving money and our natural resources.”

June 27, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Schuyler County awarded state funding to assist soil and water quality practices on area farms

Watkins  Glen, N.Y., June 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that Schuyler County received the highest statewide funding level under the latest round of state grants to help New York State farmers implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices.

June 26, 2014
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Albany Times Union Agrees with Sen. Krueger on ATV Bill

The editorial board of the Albany Times Union agreed with Sen. Krueger and recommended that legislation to increase the allowable size of recreational ATVs to 1,500 pounds be put on hold. The editorial was reprinted in at least two other upstate papers, the Times Herald-Record (Hudson Valley) and the Recorder (Montgomery County).

June 24, 2014
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Senator Grisanti comments on Senate Bills S.7878

Senator Grisanti comments on Senate Bill S.7878, which relates to the eligibility for participation in the brownfield cleanup program.

June 23, 2014
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Senate gives final approval to O'Mara-Lifton legislation to combat spread of invasive species

Albany, N.Y., June 20 —The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, by requiring boaters to take reasonable precautions when launching their boats.

The legislation (S.7851-B/A.9619-B) was approved yesterday by the state Assembly, where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th District) of Ithaca.  

It will now be delivered to the governor to be signed into law.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: Brownfield Extension Bill Being Sent To Governor

June 20, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation to extend the Brownfield Cleanup Program until2017. In addition, the bill increases bonding by $300 million for DEC’s Superfund Program, which is charged with identifying, investigating, and cleaning up the state’s most contaminated sites.

Senator LaValle said, “We need to continue to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.  This program is a necessary component as we work towards a comprehensive clean water bill for Long Island.  I am hopeful that the Governor will sign this into Law.”

June 20, 2014
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State Senate Passes Brownfield Cleanup Program Extension

The New York State Senate passed legislation today that was sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, Buffalo) that extends a program to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.

 

June 20, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Brownfield Cleanup Program Extension

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that extends a program to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL FOR UNIVERSAL SIGNAGE TO WARN OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES THREAT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7643A) that directs the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS), such as zebra mussels, asian clams and hydrilla, pose a serious threat to the ecosystems and economies of the communities around lakes, rivers and other bodies of waters.

The legislation requires the DEC, within one year of the effective date of the law, to conspicuously post or provide for the posting of a universal sign at each public boat launch site in the state.

June 20, 2014
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Universal signage to warn of aquatic invasive species threat

The State Legislature has approved a measure directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species.  Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec are sponsors of the legislation.

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill for Universal Signage to Warn of Aquatic Invasive Species Threat

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7643A), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I-Queensbury), that directs the state  Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species.“The importance of public education cannot be overstated in the fight against a

June 19, 2014
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Seward Bills For Cortland County Receive Senate Backing

ALBANY, 06/18/14 – The New York State Senate has passed a pair of bills sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) with special meaning to Cortland County.

Senate bill 7059 would allow county clerks to receive and retain maps utilizing electronic means.

June 19, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Legislation For Moratorium To Halt Mute Swan Elimination Passes Senate

June 18, 2014 -Senator Ken LaValle announced today his legislation to immediately halt the eradication of the Mute Swan has passed the State Senate.  The bill (S.6667) establishes a moratorium on the killing of Mute Swans and compels the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold off any decisions until a new independent study is conducted.  

June 18, 2014
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Senator LaValle Releases Task Force Report of Lyme and Tick-Born Diseases

Senator LaValle, as Co-Chair, calls for coordinated efforts to fight the diseasesJune 18, 2014 –Senator Ken LaValle, as one of the Co-Chairs, released the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases report. 

June 18, 2014
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Statement from Senator Maziarz regarding the International Joint Commission's Plan 2014

The International Joint Commission’s decision to move forward with Plan 2014 to regulate lake levels is deeply disappointing.  Despite proclaiming to want their input, the IJC is ignoring the needs of vocal residents and communities on Lake Ontario’s southern shore whose property will be hurt by this plan. 

June 17, 2014
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Senate approves Battenkill waterfront revitalization bill

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would designate the Battenkill an inland waterway making the communities along the river eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Stec passed the Assembly on Monday, June 9.  The measure was introduced at the request of local officials.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies. “Providing additional tax relief to encourage job creation is an end-of-session priority for Senate Republicans,” Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.  “The measures we passed today build on the major tax relief initiatives Senate Republicans successfully fought for in the state budget to help make small businesses and manufacturers more competitive.” The bills approved by the Senate today include the following measures:

June 10, 2014
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Senate approves bill to support private land stewardship

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would create a New York state tax credit for a portion of property taxes paid on privately held lands enrolled in a forestry stewardship or habitat conservation plan.

The tax credit would provide an incentive for private forest landowners to keep their land from development and preserve the benefits to wildlife, water quality, and the forest-based economy provided by contiguous forests.

June 10, 2014
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