Issues: Environment

SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIMONY ON EQUITY IN PARKS FUNDING

Senator Highlights Parks Conservancies Are Not Independent Non-Profits, Part of Larger System

NEW YORK – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony at the City Council’s hearing on equity in parks funding. Senator Squadron argued that since parks conservancies are not independent non-profits – they are entities that exist as the result of a contractual relationship with the City – the City has a right and the responsibility to set the terms of a relationship around its broader values and needs.

April 23, 2014
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Senator Valesky Celebrates Earth Day at Hamilton DPW

Senator David J. Valesky visited the Hamilton DPW on Earth Day to kick-off a series of electronics recycling events in Madison County. The county Department of Solid Waste is collecting old TVs and computer monitors to be recycled safely and to keep them out of landfills. 

April 22, 2014
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Senator Serrano Celebrates Earth Day!

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano is encouraging all New Yorkers to celebrate Earth Day, today, April 22nd.

April 22, 2014
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Earth Day / Arbor Day 2014: New State Budget Investments Will Promote Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthy Communities

Since the very first Earth Day back in 1970, we have marked April 22nd as a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.

Similarly, Arbor Day, which falls on Friday April 25th, was established in 1872 as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to the nation's open spaces. In 1907, former New York Governor and U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt issued an "An Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States" highlighting the importance of forestry and trees to our nation's well-being.

April 22, 2014
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DO YOU “LOVE YOUR PARK”?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

April 21, 2014
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SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT

SYRACUSE - Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will join Madison County officials on Earth Day, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the Village of Hamilton DPW, 18 Milford St., to kick-off a series of six e-recycling collection events. The events are designed to bring attention to the New York State Electronics Recycling & Reuse Act by encouraging residents to properly dispose of their unwanted TVs and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs).      

April 21, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Senator Robach and advocates call for Senate action on Child Safe Products Bill

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A legislative proposal to disclose the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products is languishing in the New York State Senate, despite passing the Assembly this year, in a 111-25 vote.

State Senator Ted O’Brien, ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation committee, today called on the Senate leadership to bring the Child Safe Products Act to the floor for an immediate vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes on April 28. He was joined by Senator Joe Robach and representatives from Moms for a Non Toxic New York and the Child Care Council, Inc.

April 17, 2014
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the Annual Cares Day of Action

(South Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined volunteers at Franz Sigel Park for the annual New York Cares Day event.  New York Cares Day is the largest spring cleaning event, where over 4,000 volunteers clean up parks, community gardens, and public spaces throughout the city.

April 12, 2014
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Carlucci, Zebrowski, and Jaffee Announce Passage of Rockland Bergen Flood Mitigation Task Force

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-New City), Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern), and Suffern Mayor Trish Abato held a press conference with a coalition of New Jersey legislators, Assemblyman Eustace and Assemblywoman Schepisi, to announce the inclusion of the Rockland-Bergen Flood Mitigation Task Force in the 2014-15 New York State Budget. The elected officials stood with local residents from Rockland and New Jersey to discuss the creation of the Task Force and long term flood mitigation efforts. 

April 11, 2014
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Senator Young to Host “Spring Cleaning” E-Recycling Event in Frewsburg

For Release: Immediate, April 8, 2014 

Residents can get rid of old, unwanted electronics free of charge 

            OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that she has teamed up with e-recycler Sunnking, Time Warner Cable, and student volunteers from the Frewsburg High School Science Squad in offering a free e-recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Frewsburg High School, 26 Institute Street, Frewsburg.

April 8, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS OFFERS UPDATE ON WATER QUALITY IN ROSLYN

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) offered the following update on efforts to get an air stripper placed in a non-residential area to ensure continued high water quality in the Roslyn Water District: 

April 4, 2014
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Innovative Partnership Model Moves Scajaquada Creek Restoration Forward in Forest Lawn

Supported by a $100,000 grant from the New York Economic Development Capital Program, secured by NYS Senator Mark Grisanti, the first step in the efforts to restore Scajaquada Creek has been completed, with the release today of a detailed report on creek habitat and water quality in the 2 ½ mile portion of Scajaquada Creek that daylights and meanders through Forest Lawn.The report is the result of a two-year collaboration between the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

April 4, 2014
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Seward Delivers Funding To Protect Owasco Lake

OWASCO, 04/03/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the new  2014-15 state budget includes, at his insistence, $200,000 to implement the Dutch Hollow Brook Watershed Restoration Project.

“This grant protects Cayuga County’s natural resources and is a cost-effective down payment on our future,” said Senator Seward.  “Owasco Lake provides drinking water to 50,000 residents. Additionally, it is the central feature of the local landscape and economy.  We need to ensure its viability and vitality today and for generations to come.”

April 3, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Bolsters EPF, Invests in State Parks and Helps Improve Environmental Infrastructure

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that helps protect and enhance New York’s natural resources and invests in key environmental initiatives that create jobs, increase tourism, and benefit communities throughout the state.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Serrano Speaks on the Senate Floor about the Earth Hour Senate Resolution

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare 8:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday, March 29, 2014, as Earth Hour in the State of New York

March 28, 2014
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Senator Serrano, Yoko Ono and Elected Officials Urge New Yorkers to Flip the Switch for Earth Hour


Senator Serrano Encourages New Yorkers 
to Turn Off Lights this Saturday for Earth Hour 

 

March 28, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIMONY ON CITY PARKS BUDGET

Senator Pushes Neighborhood Conservancies to “Change The Game” on Parks Funding

NEW YORK CITY – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony on the City’s Parks budget at the New York City Council’s Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget hearing. Senator Squadron argued that his proposal to connect well-financed conservancies and parks most in need -- called the Neighborhood Parks Alliance -- would be a “game changer” for the Parks budget overall.

March 27, 2014
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