Issues: Environment

REUTERS: NEW YORK FRACKING OPPONENTS SEEK EXTENDED MORATORIUM

 

By Dan Wiessner

(Reuters) – New York state lawmakers will once again consider proposals to extend a moratorium on the controversial gas-drilling method known as fracking, with opponents vowing to pursue new legislation this year.

January 7, 2012
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Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan on the Governor’s State of the State Address

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was selected by his Senate colleagues today to give official notification to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that the Senate is standing at ready to conduct its business for 2012. Gallivan notified the Governor prior to the annual State of the State address this afternoon, which Gallivan applauded for “its strong vision for New York State’s future” while stressing the importance of building upon the cooperation and collegiality that enabled last year’s progress.

January 4, 2012
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Senator Serrano Applauds Governor's State of the State Address

New York, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed great optimism following today's State of the State address. In particular, he pointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to bring much-needed repairs to 48 state parks and historic sites, and his focus on these as a tool for tourism and economic development."This Governor's proven track record in determining the needs of the state, and his ability to follow through with plans that deliver results has inspired great confidence in both the legislature and the public," said the Senator.In his address, the Governor stated that 83 percent of parks and historic sites are in need of repair, many of the damage having been caused by recent hurricanes Irene and Lee.

January 4, 2012
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Students’ posters aim to erase graffiti

Senator Tony Avella is aiming to erase any thoughts of vandalism from the minds of the students in his district – and paint them a clear anti-graffiti picture.

The senator joined representatives from the Bayside Business Association (BBA) and students from across northeast Queens on December 15 for his first annual Anti-Graffiti Poster Contest.

January 4, 2012
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LEWISBORO LEDGER: BALL BLASTS HYDROFRACKING

Written by Jane K. Dove

A standing-room-only crowd of about 80 area residents filled the Lewisboro Library to capacity on Dec. 21 as State Senator Greg Ball, 40th District, called for a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.

December 30, 2011
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DAILY LEWISBORO: BALL CALLS FOR ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ON HYDROFRACKING

 

by Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO, N.Y. –  State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) called for a statewide one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) during a presentation he gave on the controversial subject at the Lewisboro Library Wednesday night.

December 28, 2011
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THE EXAMINER: BALL CONTINUES CAMPAIGN FOR TOUGH TRACKING STANDARDS

 

by Kerry Barger

Trying to build on lessons learned from Pennsylvania’s drilling debacle, state Sen. Greg Ball continued his campaign for tougher regulations on hydraulic fracturing in New York State at Lewisboro Library this past Wednesday.

December 26, 2011
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THE PATCH: ELECTED LEADERS CALL FOR 1-YEAR MORATORIUM ON FRACKING

By Ashley Tarr

If efforts by state Sen. Greg Ball (R, C — Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R — Goldens Bridge) are successful, a one-year suspension of fracking across the state will be in effect shortly.

December 22, 2011
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MEDIA ADVISORY: EMERGENCY PRESS CONFERENCE CALL: SENATOR GREG BALL CALLS FOR ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ON FRACKING

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY******December 21st at 11 a.m.***

EMERGENCY PRESS CONFERENCE CALL: SENATOR GREG BALL

CALLS FOR ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ON FRACKING

December 20, 2011
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Fracking Power Point Presentation

Presented by: Senator Greg Ball 

December 20, 2011
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SENATOR BALL SAYS “DON’T FRACK WITH NEW YORKERS!”

 

BREWSTER – 12/20/2011 – Fracking, the controversial drilling technique that uses high-pressure water, chemicals and sand to crack shale and release natural gas, has quickly become one of the most contentious environmental issues in recent years because of concerns over pollution, spills and contamination of drinking water. With the recent report released by the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding hydraulic fracturing as a method of extracting natural gas, it’s time to focus on how property owners will be affected and how best to protect them.

December 20, 2011
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Zeldin: Let’s Complete Trifecta for Long Island Fishing Industry

DEC Considers Lowering Minimum Size Limit for Fluke

Ronkonkoma, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and fishing industry leaders today hailed the announcement by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials, that New York State may reduce the size limit for fluke for the upcoming recreational fluke fishing season.

The current size limit for fluke caught recreationally in New York State waters is 20.5 inches. The 2012 fluke season may see a reduction in that limit to 19.5 or maybe even 19 inches.

December 17, 2011
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TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW JANUARY 1ST LAWS

Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 16, 2011
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MEDIA ADVISORY: SENATOR BALL SPEAKS ABOUT POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF HYDROFRACKING

 

Brewster, N.Y.– 12/15/2011– Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will be giving a presentation at the Lewisboro library this Wednesday on hydraulic fracturing, which is the process of extracting natural gas from gas shale deposits. The presentation is just the latest in the Senator’s efforts to educate the public on the potentially devastating effects hydraulic fracturing can have in New York State.

December 15, 2011
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The Fracking Future: Hundreds attend hearing on controversial drilling process

By Marissa Maier

“Ban Fracking Now” was the rallying cry for about a dozen downstate lawmakers before a Nov. 30 hearing on the drilling procedure, held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, though a few acknowledged the long odds in pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep the industry out of the state.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris meets with Global Kids in his district office.

Senator Gianaris meets with Global Kids youth leaders from Long Island City High School to discuss climate change and environmental policy.

December 13, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $785 MILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING THROUGH REGIONAL COUNCILS

Mid-Hudson Region (which includes Dutchess County) will receive $67 million and the Capital Region (which includes Columbia County) will receive $62.7 million in competitive grant monies earmarked for economic development and job creation.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $785 million has been awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, continuing the Governor's efforts to redesign the way state government works in order to drive economic growth and create jobs.

December 8, 2011
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New program offers Sunnysiders trees

Sunnyside Post wrote about the need for more greenery in Sunnyside and Woodside. Senator Gianaris hopes initiatives will be made to plant more trees on Queens Boulevard, where some have already been planted due to his urging.

Sunnyside and Woodside residents who want trees planted on their streets have two options, according to Kyle Richard, community coordinator with the New York City Parks Foundation.

Place a request with the City Parks Department to request a tree; or get 6 to 8 residents together and request trees from the Greening Western Queens fund.

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In September, State Sen. Mike Gianaris spoke to the Parks Dept. and urged them to plant trees in this area—since, he said, it lacks sufficient greenery.

December 8, 2011
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