Issues: Environment

Trees planted in Astoria using money from Con Edison

Times Ledger reported on City Park Foundation's project to plant 850 new trees in Western Queens, funded by Con Edison. Senator Gianaris participated in this green intiative by planting trees on 27th Street.

Representatives of the City Parks Foundation and other nonprofits planted trees on and near the corner of 27th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria Monday as part of an initiative to bring 850 new trees to western Queens in the next three years.

The trees are being paid for with $2 million of a larger settlement from the electric utility Con Edison as restitution for a major blackout in 2006 that left some residents in Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside without power for as long as 10 days.

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November 22, 2011
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Future Of Queens Discussed At Astoria Civic Meeting

The Queens Gazette wrote about the "State of Queens Address" at the Astoria Civic Association, where Senator Gianaris and other elected officials discussed a variety of issues and accomplishments in Queens. Senator Gianaris talked specifically about the economy, the importance of the film tax credit and hydrofracking.

A triumvirate of elected officials delivered the “State of Queens Address” at the November 8 meeting of the Astoria Civic Association at Riccardo’s by the bridge.

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Mike Gianaris had the chance to review accomplishments, as well as challenges that Queens has been facing and will continue to face in the near future.

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November 22, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Assemblymember Kavanagh Encourage East Siders to Speak Out on Hydrofracking

(New York – NY) In an effort to ensure that East Side residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions on high volume hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh hosted a Speak Out on Hydrofracking on Wednesday, November 9th at Baruch College.

“The proposal to allow hydrofracking in the State of New York is one which could affect millions of residents throughout our state,” said Senator Liz Krueger. “Any risk to our clean water and air could affect everyone throughout the State. So it’s important that residents have as many opportunities as possible to voice their opinion, whether it be in support or opposition to the drilling.”

November 15, 2011
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The Reboot

The Capitol reported on the support for repowering power plants in order to reduce pollution, and also of the financial issue that still remains at hand. Senator Gianaris calls for an aggressive approach for this initiative in order to reduce more megawattage and also reduce pollution dramatically.

NRG Energy is ready to tear down its power plant in Astoria and build a new one that’s cleaner, more efficient and more productive.

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Many of the plant’s neighbors back the idea, the state’s Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is citing repowering projects like NRG’s as a source of replacement energy if he succeeds in shutting down the nuclear reactors at Indian Point.

November 15, 2011
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RITCHIE, GRIFFO APPLAUD GOVERNOR ON A.P.A. APPOINTMENT

First St. Lawrence County Resident Named to Panel

State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo today applauded Gov. Cuomo’s selection of the first-ever St. Lawrence County resident to serve on the board of the agency that oversees the sprawling Adirondacks.

November 9, 2011
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Oppenheimer Grant Helps Restore Trees Lost to Storm Damage in Crawford Park

Crawford Park in Rye Brook was particularly hard hit by the devastating snow storm in March 2010.  Numerous trees were lost or badly damaged.  In consultation with the Town of Rye, Senator Oppenheimer arranged for a $5,000 grant for the Town of Rye and the Friends of Crawford Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the Crawford estate.

November 7, 2011
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Online Program Will Cut Street Paving Disruptions

The Queens Gazette reported on an initiative called Street Works Manual that will reduce the many aggravations resulting from redundant and seemingly endless street construction. Along with Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials, Senator Gianaris announced this online program that will improve coordination among construction companies for more streamlined and efficient performance.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris discusses Budget Cuts, Tax, Science Campus At Bd. 1

The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.

New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.

November 1, 2011
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RITCHIE STATEMENT ON NEXT NYPA CHIEF, GIL QUINIONES

Once again, Governor Cuomo has put jobs and the growth of our economy at the top of his agenda by recommending Gil Quiniones to be the next President and CEO of the New York Power Authority.

October 31, 2011
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Zeldin, Murray: State DEC Announces Permit Modifications for L.I. Compost

YAPHANK, NY - In a new development regarding odor and dust complaints in Yaphank, New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) today announced that the state's Department of Environmental Conservation has informed Long Island Compost of a permit modification for certain operations.

The DEC modification removes the variance allowing the company to operate an un-enclosed transfer station; limits the size of mulch piles at the facility; and prohibits storage of uncured compost. A copy of the DEC's correspondence containing the modifications accompanies this release.

October 27, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Let's Look Before We Leap

When I first heard about hydro-fracking a few years back, I thought it was going to be played on my children’s X-box and cost me at least $100. While I happily discovered it wasn’t another video game, what I did learn gave me cause for concern.

October 24, 2011
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WAMC: NY COUNTDOWN TO HYDROFRACKING (AUDIO)

By: Dave Lucas

NEW PALTZ, NY (WAMC) - Hydraulic Fracturing seems to be on everyone’s radar. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the remaining questions about the cost to New York State and the impact on the environment and human health.

October 21, 2011
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WALLEYE ARE BACK!

Brookfield Renewable Power, the owner of the hydroelectric dam at Heuvelton, completed restocking the Oswegatchie River upstream from the village in the wake of last spring’s dam break.

About 1,200 Walleye measuring four to six inches in length were released into the Oswegatchie River.

Senator Ritchie had urged the the company to restock the river in order to remediate the impact of a June 8th rupture of the Heuvelton hydroelectric dam that drained millions of gallons of water from the reservoir.

October 21, 2011
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Senator Valesky sits down with local agri-business for ThoughtRaiser.

Yesterday, I met with several agri-business owners and operators to discuss how NY can make it easier for them to succeed.

October 21, 2011
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OWNER OF BURST DAM TO RESTOCK OSWEGATCHIE THURSDAY

Spring Dam Burst Washed Out Walleye from Key Fishing Spot

October 19, 2011
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