Issues: Environment

DREDGING BEGINS AT HENDERSON HARBOR CUT

Lake Ontario Fisheries Coalition Utilizes Funds Secured by Senator Ritchie

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today that dredging has begun at what is commonly known as “the cut,” a small channel connecting Lake Ontario and Henderson Harbor.

Senator Ritchie was able to secure $60,000 in this year’s state budget to help cover the cost of the project.

May 7, 2012
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Gianaris And Bryant H.S. Youth Activists Celebrate Earth Day

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference at Bryant High School, where Senator Gianaris met with students to talk about energy, climate change, and environmental policy.

A group of Global Kids Leaders at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in LIC met with state Senator Michael Gianaris on April 23, for a forum to celebrate Earth Day and explore how young people can improve environmental conditions in Queens.

Gianaris imparted strategies to the student leaders on influencing public policy to improve air quality and energy efficiency in Western Queens.

May 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris discusses what is being done to alleviate Newtown Creek's pollution problem

Senator Gianaris on a New York City water taxi traveling up Newtown Creek while getting briefed by the Newtown Creek Alliance on what's being done to alleviate the creek's pollution problem.

May 4, 2012
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Volunteers plant 100 trees in LIC

The Queens Chronicle wrote about volunteers coming together to plant 100 trees at Queensbridge Park as part of the 5th annual "One Thing That's Green" event.

On Saturday morning (Earth Day) nearly 500 volunteers gathered at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City to plant 100 trees. Volunteers were of all ages dressed in jeans or workout clothes. There were piles of shovels, gardening gloves and wheelbarrows set up at each of the color-coded stations.

JetBlue Airways teamed with New York Restoration Project, the nonprofit that has partnered with the city to plant a million trees throughout the city by 2017, to put on the fifth annual One Thing That’s Green event.

 

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May 2, 2012
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ADDABBO PARTICIPATES IN EARTH DAY FORUM ON HYDROFRACKING IN ALBANY

Queens, NY May 1, 2012 -- Calling it “a fitting way to recognize Earth Day and keep the health and future of our environment on the front burner,” New York State Senator Joseph P.

May 1, 2012
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WGRZ-TV: Grisanti bill to reclassify Buffalo River as inland waterway passed by New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage in the New York Senate of his bill S-6646 that amends the executive law to make the Buffalo River classified an inland waterway paving the way for the application of federal funds to assist with the restoration and protection of the river.

May 1, 2012
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Senator Grisanti’s bill to reclassify the Buffalo River as an inland waterway passes the New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage in the New York Senate of his bill S-6646 that amends the executive law to make the Buffalo River classified an inland waterway paving the way for the application of federal funds to assist with the restoration and protection of the river.

The Buffalo River is the river that empties into the eastern end of Lake Erie between the United States Coast Guard Station and the Erie Basin Marina.  It is the Buffalo Creek until it reaches the western border of the Town of West Seneca as it receives the contents of the Cayuga and Cazenovia Creeks.  The Buffalo Harbor includes a series of federal navigation channels designed so that deep-draft commercial vessels can safely navigate the harbor. 

May 1, 2012
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Oppenheimer and Democratic Colleagues Call for Investigation into Potential Harms of Hydrofracking

On April 25, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Democratic Conference hosted a public forum on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydrofracking.”  A capacity crowd attended the forum, including environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State.  Attendees at the forum discussed issues and potential health care concerns about hydrofracking, a form of natural gas drilling.

April 30, 2012
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Oppenheimer and Democratic Colleagues Call for Investigation into Potential Harms of Hydrofracking

On April 25, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Democratic Conference hosted a public forum on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydrofracking.”  A capacity crowd attended the forum, including environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State.  Attendees at the forum discussed issues and potential health care concerns about hydrofracking, a form of natural gas drilling.

April 30, 2012
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Land Trusts Grants

Earlier this week, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference regarding grants totalling $1.4 million being awarded to 53 nonprofit lan trusts across the state. 10 grants totalling over $230,000 were awarded in the Western New York/Finger Lakes/Southern Tier category. This included the Genesee Land Trust, Genesee Valley Conservancy, and The Central and Western New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

April 27, 2012
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4TH NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY TAKING PLACE SATURDAY

8 Locations in Central and Northern New York Accepting Unused, Expired, Unwanted Prescription Drugs

April 27, 2012
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Gallivan Forms Agriculture Advisory Board

Senator Will Utilize Panel of 24 Local Agriculture Professionals to Help Direct Agriculture Policy

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced the formation of his Agriculture Advisory Board today, comprised of 24 local residents from across the four counties that makeup the 59th State Senate District.

April 26, 2012
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NEW REPORT SHOWS CLEANUP EFFORTS ARE PRODUCING POSITIVE RESULTS FOR OWASCO LAKE

Owasco Lake is one of our region’s most unique and magnificent natural resources. Owasco Lake not only provides drinking water for the City of Auburn and the dozens of villages and towns in our region, it also fuels our local economy and plays a critical role in our job producing tourism industry. That is why protecting Owasco Lake continues to be a top priority for me.

April 26, 2012
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Senate Democratic Conference Holds Public Forum on Hydrofracking

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on hydraulic fracturing also known as “hydrofracking.” The forum was attended by members of the Democratic Conference, as well as environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State. Attendees at today’s forum discussed the issues and concerns about potential consequences and impacts of hydrofracking.

April 25, 2012
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RITCHIE: FARMLAND, HABITAT PROTECTION FUNDED

$150,000 In Grants Benefits Central, Northern New York Groups

April 24, 2012
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Grisanti Proposes Law To Establish Central State Registry For Pet Abusers In New York State

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced  the sponsorship of legislation (S6875) that would amend the agriculture and markets law to have the commissioner create an animal abuse central registry in New York State for anyone over the age of 18 who is convicted in a case of animal abuse. 

April 24, 2012
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Senator Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In New York State

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his sponsorship of bill (S-6664) to establish a real property tax exemption of thirty five percent for a period of no longer than twenty years for homes that meet certain specific National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  The goal of this legislation is to incentivize builders to invest in green homes which are typically more expensive to build.

April 24, 2012
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Arbor Day Recognition Project at Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Senator Owen H. Johnson applauded over 100 volunteers who donated their time and effort at an Arbor Day Recognition Project to care for the trees on the grounds of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum at Great River on March 24, 2012. Members of the Long Island Arboricultural Association, Inc. (LIAA) spent the day removing dead and diseased trees and branches, and pruning healthy trees at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum as part of their ongoing effort to care for and preserve Long Island’s trees and shrubs. A ceremonial tree planting was part of the day's events. 

April 24, 2012
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