Issues: Environment

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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SENATOR FUSCHILLO NAMED “ECO-STAR” BY NEW YORK LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently named a 2011 “Eco-Star” by the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV).

NYLCV presents the Eco-Star award “to those outstanding elected officials who authored critical legislation, lobbied their colleagues, and helped broker bipartisan, bicameral solutions to New York’s many sustainability challenges.”

NYLCV named Senator Fuschillo an “Eco-Star” for “improving New York’s environment and securing a clean-energy future” by sponsoring New York State’s new complete streets law.

October 18, 2011
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LOHUD: STOP FRACKING AROUND, BALL SAYS TO CUOMO

Posted by: Mike Risinit

State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, took his anti-fracking message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s backyard today. Ball stopped in Mount Kisco to say Cuomo should tour Pennsylvania to see how hydrofracking has “ravaged” those communities. He called on the governor to take steps to protect New Yorkers from such dangers and tried to build support for his Property Owners Bill of Rights,  which would set new standards for hydrofracking — the controversial process of extracting natural gas from rock — in New York’s Southern Tier.

October 17, 2011
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THE EXAMINER: BALL TO CUOMO: ‘GET YOUR FRACKS STRAIGHT’

by Kerry Barger

In contrast to the cool, crisp air and the beautiful sunshine outside Mount Kisco Village Hall Monday, State Sen. Greg Ball delivered a heated speech on hydraulic fracturing, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend the state’s public hearing on the controversial method of extracting natural gas from the earth.

October 17, 2011
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BALL TO CUOMO, “DON’T FRACK WITH NY”

 

Senator Ball Calls on Governor Cuomo to Take Immediate Steps to Protect New Yorkers from Hydrofracking

October 17, 2011
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Senator Martins and Senator Skelos to Host Shed the Meds Program on October 22

State Senator Jack Martins is partnering with NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the Nassau County Police Department to help residents safely dispose of their expired or unused medications. The program is another quality of life initiative sponsored by Senator Martins for the Elmont, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Franklin Square, Bellerose Village, Bellerose Terrace, Stewart Manor and North Valley Stream communities.

October 17, 2011
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Senate Environmental Conservation hearing examines release of sewage into New York’s waters

With billions of gallons of untreated sewage released in New York’s waters each year, including a recent accident where over 200 million gallons of raw sewage entered the Hudson River, the New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee held a major hearing on the issue.

The hearing, organized by Senators Adriano Espaillat and Mark Grisanti, focused on preventing untreated sewage from entering our waterways and establishing strong notification systems to protect the public. 

The hearing took testimony from various experts and activists, including New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Administrator Venetia Lannon.

October 14, 2011
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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** BALL TO CUOMO, “DON’T FRACK WITH NY”

 

Senator Ball Demands Governor Tour Pennsylvania; See Firsthand the Devastating Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing

 

October 12, 2011
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NYS Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and NYS Senator Adams visited Wonju City, South Korea

From Oct. 3 - 7, 2011, NYS Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and NYS Senator Eric Adams, accompanied by members of their staff, visited Wonju City, South Korea, where they were greeted by Deputy Mayor Yoong-Hoon Park.  While in South Korea the Senate delegation visited RDF's Green Industrial Waste Management facility in Buscan, visited Household Refuse Management in Wonju, and visited Hyundai's High Speed Rail system.

 

October 11, 2011
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NYS Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and NYS Senator Adams visited Wonju City, South Korea

From Oct. 3 - 7, 2001, NYS Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and NYS Senator Eric Adams, accompanied by members of their staff, visited Wonju City, South Korea, where they were greeted by Deputy Mayor Yoong-Hoon Park.  While in South Korea the Senate delegation visited RDF's Green Industrial Waste Management facility in Buscan, visited Household Refuse Management in Wonju, and visited Hyundai's High Speed Rail system.

 

October 11, 2011
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ADDABBO STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S SUPPORT OF DRILLING UPSTATE; POLL SHOWS NEW YORKERS ARE SPLIT

Senator Cosponsored Bill S.8129B Calling for Hydrofracking Moratorium in Upstate Watershed

October 5, 2011
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Carmans River Watershed Protection Act, Will Add 1,000 Acres to Central Pine Barrens Area.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, co sponsors of the legislation to protect the Carmans River watershed and add approximately 1,000 acres of land to the Central Pine Barrens area, said today that their legislation has been signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The measure had unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Presented With a Certificate of Appreciation Marking the 25th Anniversary of Beach Cleanup

Senator Owen H. Johnson was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation marking the 25th Anniversary of Beach Cleanup on September 17, 2011 at Robert Moses State Park.  George Gorman, Deputy Regional Director of the Long Island State Parks, made the presentation on behalf of the American Littoral Society, in recognition of Senator Johnson’s 25 years of dedicated work in organizing annual coastal cleanups on Long Island for International Coastal Cleanup Day. 

September 23, 2011
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25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup Weighs in at 3300 Pounds!

Over 1 ½ tons of debris was removed from the Robert Moses State Park shoreline by 450 volunteers at Senator Owen H. Johnson’s 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2011.  Volunteers from across Long Island including numerous conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops participated.“Thank you to everyone who came out for our 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response this year.  Our volunteers gathered over 3300 pounds of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 23, 2011
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