Issues: Environment

SENATE PASSES BILL TO REDUCE MERCURY IN LIGHT BULBS

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 prohibits the sale of light bulbs that contain high levels of mercury – a known hazardous chemical. The bill (S7004) would protect the environment and public health by reducing the amount of mercury that ends up in homes and the waste stream.

The Federal Government is working to move consumers away from incandescent light bulbs, which is a good way to save energy, but it can also present a new hazard in the waste stream if those bulbs are not limited in the amount of mercury they can contain. This legislation details the amount of mercury to be allowed in fluorescent lamps, and normal lifetime and long lifetime bulbs.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill (S.6826a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury) that would restrict the sale, possession and importation of invasive species in an effort to combat a growing environmental and costly problem throughout New York.  

June 19, 2012
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Senate approves legislation to combat invasive species

     The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill (S.6826a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would restrict the sale, possession and importation of invasive species in an effort to combat a growing environmental and costly problem throughout New York. 

June 19, 2012
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Senators Larkin and Bonacic Welcome Local Business Leaders to the Senate Chamber

John Lavelle (Alliance for Balanced Growth), Maureen Halahan (Orange County Partnership), Mayor Kyle Roddey (Village of Goshen) and Dominic Cordisco (Alliance for Balanced Growth) join Senators Bill Larkin and John Bonacic in the Senate Chamber during their recent visit to Albany.  Local officials and business development leaders were in town to meet with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens concerning the proposed changes to DEC’s wetland maps and the impact these changes would have on the business community and future development projects.

June 14, 2012
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS WILDERNESS RESCUE GROUPS

Final Passage: Governor’s Signature Would Set Standards 30 Years in the Making

June 12, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates the 2012 Earth Day Poster Winner

Daiton Daibo-Williams from Salem Hyde Elementary School in Syracuse was the winner of the New York State Senate's 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from Senator DeFrancisco's district. Daiton's theme was reduce, reuse, and recycle. The Senator visited Daiton at his school on June 7th to dicuss the poster and to meet his art teacher and family.

June 8, 2012
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ANCHORS AWAY! RITCHIE GETS OK FOR EARLY DREDGING AT SANDY POND CHANNEL

Longer Boating Season as Work Starts Month Sooner Than Planned

June 7, 2012
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Governor Cuomo makes two Grisanti sponsored bills into law

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has made laws of two Grisanti bills.

June 1, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Blasts Thruway Authority's Plan To Hike Tolls On Truckers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

June 1, 2012
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BONACIC AND LARKIN: DEC KILLING JOBS IN NEW YORK

Senators Call Summit in Albany on DEC Wetlands Expansion Plan State Senators John J. Bonacic and William J. Larkin, Jr.

June 1, 2012
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ADDABBO, AVELLA MEET ANTI-FRACKING ACTIVIST/ACTOR MARK RUFFALO IN ALBANY

Queens, NY, May 29, 2012 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (at right), and State Senator Tony Avella (middle) share a moment with actor and activist Mark Ruf...falo (at left) to discuss the issue of hydrofracking, the controversial process of drilling for natural gas upstate using water and chemicals. All three have voiced their opposition to the process. Ruffalo currently plays the role of the Hulk in the megahit summer blockbuster movie, The Avengers. Follow Senator Addabbo online at http://addabbo@nysenate.gov or on Facebook at 'Senator Joe Addabbo'.# # #-- Judy Close, Press SecretaryNYS Senator Joseph P.

May 30, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND TO HOST LYME DISEASE SEMINARS

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) is hosting a free informational Lyme disease seminar – “Be Tick Free!” for Dutchess County residents.  Due to the importance of the information provided in this seminar, “Be Tick Free!”will be offered on two separate dates and locations in Dutchess County.

The first seminar will take place on Tuesday, May 29, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON, in Rooms B & C, at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park.  The second seminar will take place on Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, at the Roy C. Ketcham High School Auditorium, 99 Meyers Corners Road in Wappingers Falls.

May 24, 2012
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New York State Senator Mark Grisanti honored by New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing

The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing recently honored New York State Senator Mark Grisanti for his legislative work that supports the freedoms enjoyed by the many recreational fishermen in New York State.

May 23, 2012
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BABYLON VILLAGE PATCH: Owen Johnson's Seagrass Protection Act Passes State Senate By Jacqueline Sweet

Owen Johnson's Seagrass Protection Act Passes State Senate The new Seagrass Protection Act will allow regulation of seagrass management areas. •    By Jacqueline Sweet  jboydsweet@gmail.com

May 21, 2012
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Senator Serrano Attends “It’s My Park Day” at Franz Sigel Park

Senator Serrano today attended "It's My Park Day" at Franz Sigel Park in the Bronx!  This event was sponsored by William Casari and Partnerships for Parks. Partnerships for Parks is a joint program of City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. “It’s My Park Day” is celebrated by thousands of New Yorkers who volunteer to help beautify their local parks by painting, planting bulbs, and providing general clean-up among other ways.

May 19, 2012
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LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEAGRASS

LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEAGRASSJohnson-Sweeney Bill Helps To Address Threats to EcosystemThe New York State Legislature has passed legislation to guard marine habitat and protect the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-I-WF, Lindenhurst), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act to address threats to these ecologically important species.

May 16, 2012
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