Issues: Environment

Release: Avella Marks Earth Day by Introducing Battery Recycling Bill

(ALBANY, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella was joined by Eliot Seol, an 11-year-old student from Queens, to introduce a bill (S.4522) that would require New York State to establish a recycling stewardship program for all “single use” batteries. The bill was drafted by Senator Avella, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, after Eliot brought the idea to the Senator’s attention.

April 22, 2015

Release: Senate Passes Avella's Mute Swan Bill

On Earth Day, State Senator Tony Avella announced that the New York State Senate passed his bill aimed at protecting mute swans.

For the second year in a row, the Senate passed Senator Avella’s bill (S.1555) that would place a two year moratorium on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to completely eradicate New York State’s entire mute swan population. Since DEC announced the controversial plan in 2013, declaring the species “invasive,” it has been met with criticism from animal rights activists and various lawmakers. Senator Avella has led the fight by calling on DEC to rethink their eradication plan and instead implement a non-lethal method for controlling the mute swan population, which currently amounts to 2,200 birds throughout the state.

April 22, 2015

Senate Passes Comprehensive Environmental Package

ALBANY, 04/22/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. 

April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Senator Hoylman Proposes Moratorium on “Roundup” Herbicide

Roundup Deemed ‘Probably Carcinogenic to Humans’ By World Health Organization

Senator Hoylman: “Halt sales of this dangerous product now”

NEW YORK – Today, to mark Earth Day 2015, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) announced his legislation placing a statewide moratorium on the sale, distribution or use of products that contain glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide deemed “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the popular Monsanto week-killer “Roundup,” which is currently sold in stores throughout New York State.

April 22, 2015

Senator Serrano Meets with Environmental Advocates of New York

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with Environmental Advocates of New York, an organization whose mission is to protect our air, land, water, wildlife and the health of all New Yorkers.

"It was a pleasure meeting with the great folks from Environmental Advocates of New York. We discussed ways to help protect our environment and I will continue to advocate for stronger legislation that protects our land and water, while taking a vocal stand against climate change," said Senator Serrano. 

April 22, 2015

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015


$15 Drop-Off Fee to be Waived at Events in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th


State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging North Country residents to take the weekend to collect waste tires to be disposed of at her “Free Tire Drop-Off “ events taking place in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th. 

The free events are being made possible with special funding Senator Ritchie secured in the State Budget, and are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department in an effort to clean up the county, protect the environment and reduce the spreading of illnesses by eliminating tires that can act as breeding ground for disease-carrying insects. 

“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly—they’re a danger to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 17, 2015

Wildlife Conservation Society's Zoos and Aquariums Accepting Applications for Summer Discovery Guide Program at the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium

Discovery Guides are volunteers who are important to the day-to-day operation of the zoos and aquarium. They work within the zoo and aquarium’s education department to interpret exhibits, interact with visitors, and assist with public events and activities.

April 16, 2015

Sen. Ortt Requests More Equate Testing

Senator Ortt, along with Senator Gallivan and Assemblywoman Corwin, aired concerns about the use of equate in the Town of Wheatfield and other parts of Niagara County. They sent a joint letter asking the state DEC to do additional studies on determining the impact of the use equate in municipalities.  Read the full story by The Niagara Gazette.  

April 15, 2015


     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with members of Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, local officials, water providers, and community groups to discuss aquifer protection.  The meeting was held in response to a plan put forth by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reopen 23 shuttered wells in Queens and draw approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island’s drinking water supply.  

April 15, 2015


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 14, 2015

Sweep In Spring with Senator Rich Funke

You are invited to join Canal Sweep weekend, sponsored by the State Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails New York, set for April 17th through the 19th. With over 300 miles of canal running through our State, there’s no shortage of work to be done to get this destination waterway ship-shape for spring and summer.

My staff and I are adopting a stretch of the canal behind our District Office during Canal Sweep weekend, and we’d love to have your help. Our event will kick-off on Friday, April 17th at 10:30 am on the south side of the canal near the Main Street Lift Bridge in Fairport, directly behind Packets Landing. We’ll have everything you’ll need, from bags and tools to snacks and water, so the only thing you’ll need to bring is a can-do spirit.

April 8, 2015



State Senators Mike Nozzolio, John DeFrancisco and James L. Seward announced today that the new state budget includes a major win for one of Cayuga County’s key natural resources.


April 3, 2015

State Budget Funding To Address Owasco Lake Water Quality

ALBANY, 04/01/15 -- State Senators John DeFrancisco, Mike Nozzolio and James L. Seward announced today that the new state budget includes a major win for one of Cayuga County’s key natural resources.

The senators announced that $600,000 in state funding has been awarded to the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed.

April 1, 2015

State Budget Includes Funding For The Catskill Park

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam)  announced today that they have secured $500,000 in this year’s state budget to promote economic growth and preservation measures for the Catskill Park.

Senators Amedore and Seward successfully fought for the funding after receiving a request from the Catskill Park Coalition.  

March 31, 2015

Fight to Protect Our Drinking Water

New York City wants to reopen 23 dormant wells in Queens and pump approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island's drinking water supply while the City repairs its existing water infrastructure. Such a drastic increase could potentially cause major changes to our water supply, including saltwater intrusion, changes to the water table, and shifting flow patterns of both water and plumes.

Senator Martins is sponsoring legislation that would require an environmental review, with the State Department of Environmental Conservation acting as the lead agency, before the City could turn on the wells. This is an important level of oversight to ensure that science, not politics, determines whether the City's plan will harm our water supply.

March 27, 2015

Senator Young Partners with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking, and Fredonia to Host "Spring Cleaning" E-recycling Event

Residents can dispose of old, unwanted electronics, free of charge


OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) announced today that she will be partnering with e-recycler Sunnking, Time Warner Cable, and the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee to offer a free e-recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fredonia’s Services Complex, located on Ring Road on the Fredonia campus.


March 23, 2015
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