Issues: Environment

Legislation seeks to encourage conservation education

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Senate approved today legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to authorize local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDS) to undertake extensive public information and education programs.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Blasts Bill Easing Regulations For Power Plants In Western Queens

Votes Against Bill To Fast-Track New Plant Construction

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris has voted against legislation that establishes a fast-track process for the siting of new electric generating facilities without providing enough safeguards for overburdened communities.

The bill, S191, allows for the placement of new power plants without properly considering the cumulative effect of new plant construction on neighborhoods that already house numerous power plants.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks on Senate Bill S.191

Senator Gianaris speaks on the floor of the Senate against a bill that eases regulations for the placement of power plants throughout New York State. We need more power supply but must do it in a responsible and safe manner.

May 10, 2011
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ADDABBO’S THIRD RECYCLING DAY PICKS UP OVER 11 1/2 TONS!

7,174 More Pounds Collected vs. Senator’s Second Recycling Day in September 

 

May 9, 2011
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Time For Solar

The following is a Letter to the Editor Published in Our Town Newspaper.

To The Editor

It seems like Albany has been talking about clean energy and its potential to create jobs for a very long time. Fortunately, Senator Liz Krueger is doing something about it, and we’d like to thank her for real leadership on this issue. Right now, the state Legislature is examining a major initiative to revitalize New York’s economy by adding an impressive 5,000 megawatts of solar power capacity. As a co-sponsor of the so-called “New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act,” Senator Krueger is playing an important role, helping blaze the trail toward a greener, stronger New York.

May 5, 2011
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DEC Commisoner Martens, Sen. Grisanti & Assemblyman Sweeny Join Generations of Enviromentalists at 21st Annual Earth Day Lobby Day

State Lawmakers Join Groups to Protect NY’s Air, Land & Water, Advance High Priority Super Bills on May 2

ALBANY, NY (05/02/2011)—Hundreds of concerned citizens from across New York State traveled to Albany today to call on lawmakers to pass the environmental community’s priority “Super Bills.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, State Senator Mark Grisanti and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney joined attendees at the 21st annual Earth Day Lobby Day and spoke in support of legislation to protect New York’s environment.

May 5, 2011
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Gianaris: ‘Idling Trains Hurt Quality Of Life In LIC’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' letter to the MTA requesting a "no idle" policy at the Long Island City rail yard.

Continuing his fight to improve the quality of life in Western Queens, state Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to cease immediately the idling of Long Island Railroad trains at the Long Island City rail yard in Queens.

Gianaris charged that the idling trains pollute the air with the excessive amount of fuel they waste while sitting idle and disturb the neighborhood with the loud noise of their running engines.

May 5, 2011
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Gianaris Wants More Trees

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' request for more trees to be planted in Sunnyside and Woodside.

As part of his continued commitment to improving the quality of life in Western Queens, state Senator Michael Gianaris sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg requesting the planting of trees along various avenues in Sunnyside and Woodside. Gianaris is requesting that trees be planted along Queens Boulevard, 48th Avenue, 47th Avenue and 43rd Avenues between 38th Street and 48th Street.

May 4, 2011
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Water withdrawal bill to hit Assembly floor-Politics on the Hudson

A bill giving the state power to regulate massive water withdrawals from most New York streams and rivers is set to come up for an Assembly vote today, and the Senate’s Environmental Conservation chair said he expects his house to act soon.

Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, D-Babylon, said he expects the legislation – which would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation to create a permit program for withdrawals over 100,000 gallons – to pass easily.

May 3, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS LOCAL RESIDENTS “SHED THEIR MEDS”

Program Collects Over 500 Pounds of Expired or Unwanted Medications for Safe Disposal

May 2, 2011
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Hawthorne Elementary Schools' "Walk the Green Walk"

Senator Stewart-Cousins joined students, parents and faculty of the Hawthorne Elementary School at the 4th Annual “Walk the Green Walk” this week. The yearly event raises awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. The “Green Walk” began at the elementary school with a parade across Chelsea Street to the Hawthorne Fire Department, and culminated with a ceremony where Senator Stewart-Cousins and other dignitaries addressed the crowd. In her remarks, the Senator summed up the importance of being environmentally conscious with the following poem: “Remember the Earth Carries You Care for her Lovingly Every day.”

April 29, 2011
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Greece Arbor Day Tree Planting

On Friday, April 29th, the Town of Greece held a tree-planting ceremony in honor of Arbor Day. This year, the town planted a tree in memory of a good friend of mine, Ed Marianetti. I was honored to speak at the ceremony and take part in the planting of the tree, which is located in front of Town Hall. Ed's son, Brian, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks also provided remarks to a number of Ed's friends, who were in attendance. Pictured here, the family of Ed Marianetti plants the tree in his memory.

April 29, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN PLANTS A TREE IN BROOKLYN TO COMMEMORATE ARBOR DAY

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today commemorated New York State’s celebration of Arbor Day by donating a Pink Dogwood tree that was planted in the garden next to the entrance of the new extension constructed at Public School 229.

Senator Golden was joined by Public School 229 Principal Robert Zappulla and Assistant Principal Jared Shapiro. Students of the 3rd Grade participated in the ceremony which was organized to recognize the importance of trees and the impact they make in our lives.

April 29, 2011
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Gianaris pushes his clean-air bill

Queens Campaigner wrote about how Senator Gianaris commemorated Earth Day this year.

In celebration of Earth Day last week, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) touted the pro-environment legislation he has recently introduced that would reduce emissions and crack down on polluters.

“It’s been a priority of mine from the first day I was elected to the [state] Assembly,” Gianaris said.

The senator said that since his district is adjacent to the Con Edison Astoria Complex, on 20th Avenue between Shore Boulevard and 31st Street in Astoria and contains the Ravenswood Power Plant in Astoria, air quality has always been a major concern.

April 28, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Fights To Rid LIC Of Loud Trains

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is continuing his fight to improve western Queens’ quality of life by requesting that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) immediately cease the idling of Long Island Railroad (LIRR) trains at the Long Island City rail yard in Queens. These trains pollute the air with the excessive amount of fuel they waste while sitting idle and disturb the neighborhood with the loud noises of their running engines.

April 28, 2011
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Gianaris Pledges To Continue Fighting For A Greener New York

The Queens Gazette wrote an article on my participation in Earth Day this year. Senator Gianaris is committed to protecting and conserving our environment.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) celebrated Earth Day on April 22, by continuing his advocacy for stronger environmental laws to better protect and conserve our environment.

Gianaris is a longtime leader in the effort to clean the environment. Recently, he introduced a series of legislative proposals to ensure better environmental policies in New York state.

April 27, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Wants More Trees For Sunnyside And Woodside

Queens, NY – As part of Senator Michael Gianaris’ continued commitment to improving western Queens’ quality of life, he sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg requesting the planting of trees along various avenues in Sunnyside and Woodside. Senator Gianaris is requesting trees be planted along Queens Boulevard, 48th Avenue, 47th Avenue and 43rd Avenues between 38th Street and 48th Street.

“New trees would beautify our neighborhood and help rid the air of dangerous pollutants, allowing our community to breathe a little easier,” stated Senator Gianaris. "I am hopeful the Mayor will move swiftly to give Sunnyside and Woodside the benefits that scores of new trees would provide."

April 27, 2011
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Gianaris calls for more trees in Sunnyside/Woodside

Sunnyside Post wrote about Senator Gianaris' request for more trees to be planted in Sunnyside and Woodside.

Sunnyside and Woodside might be getting a little more greener.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris has called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to plant additional trees on 48th Ave., 47th Ave., Queens Blvd and 43rd Ave.

“It’s rare to have such long stretches without trees,” Gianaris said Tuesday, as he looked down 48th Ave. from 47th Street. “The city has done a good job in planting trees throughout the city, but I think there have been some parts of Sunnyside (and Woodside) that have been overlooked.”

April 27, 2011
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