Issues: Environment

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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November 5, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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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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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