Issues: Environment

DON’T FRACK NEW YORK RALLY

Albany, N.Y.– 1/23/2012– Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) speaks at the Don’t Frack New York Rally.

January 23, 2012
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TIMES UNION: BALL ON GAS DRILLING: BILLIONAIRES, GAZILLIONAIRES HAVE ALL THE ACCESS

 

By CASEY SEILER

 

ALBANY — State Sen. Greg Ball, a Republican known for his maverick sensibility, enhanced that reputation further with his introduction Wednesday of a proposed moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas drilling technique better known as hydrofracking that’s under review by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

January 19, 2012
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WNYT: PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS SPEAK LOCALLY ABOUT FRACKING

By: Mark Mulholland

They claim hydraulic fracturing contaminated their well and ruined their property values. Some Pennsylvania farmers came to the Capitol Wednesday to urge New York to place a moratorium on fracking.

January 19, 2012
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YNN: SENATOR BALL CALLS FOR HYDROFRACKING MORATORIUM

 

By: Erin Vannella

ALBANY, N.Y. – “They took our clean water. They have to restore my water according to my lease and they have not done it, so we are holding them accountable,” Pennsylvania resident Craig Sautner said.

January 19, 2012
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POLITICS ON THE HUDSON: IN ALBANY, BALL AND CARLUCCI MAKE PITCH FOR HYDROFRACKING MORATORIUM

 

Posted by: Jon Campbell

One Senate Republican and a pair from the Independent Democratic Conference held a news conference in Albany today, calling on the Legislature to pass a moratorium on hydrofracking until June 2013.

January 18, 2012
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Marcellus Shale Update

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program.--including the current public comment period, from December 12, 2012 through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013, on the revised draft regulations.

View Senator O'Mara's January 11, 2012 letter to the DEC attached below.

File: 
SGEISLetter.pdf

January 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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January 17, 2012
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Calling for independent investigation of Niagara County SPCA; move toward "no kill" methods for sheltering animals

“Since my press release of January 3, I have spoken at length with local government leaders and representatives of both local and national animal welfare organizations.  These individuals have further convinced me that a truly independent and transparent investigation of the allegations concerning the Niagara County SPCA (NC SPCA) is absolutely necessary.  

January 17, 2012
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Senator LaValle to Host Annual Environmental Roundtable.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I - Port Jefferson) will host a two-hour-long Environmental Roundtable to discuss environmental issues impacting the First Senate District on Thursday, February 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College in the Babylon Student Center – Montauk Point Room 212.

This year’s participants will again help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region.

January 17, 2012
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RITCHIE WANTS PORTS' INPUT ON NEW IJC PLAN

Encouraged by New Compromise on Long-Delayed Plan

January 13, 2012
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: $20 MILLION SAVED FOR HUNTING AND FISHING

 

By Justin Sarjeant

On Jan. 10 the New York State Senate successfully passed a bill (S.5921) sponsored by Senator Greg Ball, R-Patterson, that defends $20 million federal funding to support free hunter education classes, manage fish and wildlife populations, provide public hunting and boating access and build and maintain public shooting ranges.

January 13, 2012
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Senate panel OKs APA board pick

Craig still needs Finance Committee, full Senate approval

January 11, 2012

January 13, 2012
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Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: January 2012

Senator Krueger's January Community Bulletin is available. You can download the bulletin as a PDF file from this page, or read it below:

File: 
January 2012 Community Bulletin for Print.pdf

January 12, 2012
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Cuomo APA pick praised from all sides

JON ALEXANDER -jalexander@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:48 pm

"Balance" was on the tip of everyone's tongue Tuesday as the state Senate Environmental Conservation Committee unanimously approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recess appointment of Sherman Craig to the vacant resident seat on the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners.

January 11, 2012
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Senate moves APA commissioner confirmation forward

Press-Republican -- January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012
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Senator Martins on Hydro-Fracking

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.

January 10, 2012
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Senator Mark Grisanti named recipient of William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award

New York State Senator Grisanti was named the winner of the 2012 William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award for his outstanding work on behalf of conservation and the environment. The full award letter can be viewed by clicking here.

“Typically we present this Award to members of the legislature who had a long tenure of fighting for change, but your early dedication to upholding the New York’s State’s environmental laws and your visionary approach to the state’s most pressing conservation issues make you stand out as a most deserving 2012 Hoyt Award Recipient,” said Audubon Council of New York State in the award letter.

January 8, 2012
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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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