Issues: Environment

Senator Gianaris Recognizes Earth Day

Pledges to Continue Fighting for Greener New York

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris celebrates Earth Day on April 22 by continuing his advocacy for stronger environmental laws to better protect and conserve our environment.

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

“Earth Day serves as an important reminder of our responsibility to the planet,” Senator Gianaris said. “We cannot continue to take a reactive approach to environmental protection. My proposals would take proactive steps to safeguard our environment and prevent further damage.”

April 21, 2011
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Electronics Recycling Drive

Please see the attached flyer for further details.

April 30, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Krueger Speaks on Future of Indian Point

To voice your opinion on Indian Point, please fill out Senator Krueger's online petition, "Where Do You Stand on Indian Point."

April 19, 2011
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Strong Push Against Fracking

By Tom Casey

On the day of a large rally outside the Capitol, Senate Democrats introduced the first significant legislation against hydraulic fracturing since the 2010 moratorium imposed by former Gov. David Paterson and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Sens. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, and Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens, introduced a package of bills April 11 that includes three bills for tighter regulations and transparency for oil and gas drilling and a bill by Avella to ban hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, in New York state.

April 19, 2011
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LIAA Arbor Day Rocognition Project at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park In Oyster Bay

Over 125 volunteers donated their time and effort at an Arbor Day Recognition Project to care for the trees on the grounds of the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Members of the Long Island Aboricultural Association (LIAA) spent the day removing dead and diseased trees and branches, and pruning healthy trees at the Planting Fields Arboretum as part of their ongoing effort to care for and preserve Long Island’s trees and shrubs.  A ceremonial tree planting was part of the day's events.

April 18, 2011
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DEC DELAYS RULES ON OUTDOOR WOOD BOILERS

Will Give Agency Time To Certify Models For Sale In New York State

State Senator Patty Ritchie said today that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has agreed to delay implementation of new outdoor wood boiler rules to provide time for the agency to certify  units that can be sold in New York State.
The action by Commissioner Joe Martens came in a one line "emergency" amendment to DEC's controversial wood boiler rules one week after Senator Ritchie joined Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Bill Magee in asking for the delay.

April 15, 2011
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Senator Gianaris and Community Rally to Protest Placement of Asphalt Plant in Long Island City

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about a rally to protest the placement of a dirty asphalt plant in Long Island City.The rally was hosted by Senator Gianaris along with Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley.

Elected officials and community leaders are asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to rescind a permit it issued to an asphalt plant in Long Island City until a proper Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is issued.

April 13, 2011
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Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Plug In on Shore

NY Times

City Room Blog

April 13, 2011, 10:49 am

By LIZ ROBBINS

Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times The Queen Mary 2, docked at Red Hook in 2009, before the plug.

The mighty Queen Mary 2 will no longer be belching diesel fumes over Red Hook when it docks at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal next year. Instead, the cruise ship will shut its engines and plug into a giant electrical outlet built especially for the port.

April 13, 2011
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Statement from Senator Krueger on Frac Fluid Disclosure Bill (S.425) Failing to Move Through Environmental Conservation Committee

For Immediate Release | April 12, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

“Once again, an important bill has fallen victim to the intellectually dishonest debate that unfairly pits environmental issues against job creation. My bill (S.425), which today failed to pass through the Environmental Conservation Committee, would implement common sense measures by requiring gas companies to disclose all chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing fluids and would ban the use of any substances deemed carcinogenic. However, instead of taking critical steps to ensure basic safeguards are put in place to protect all New Yorkers, my Republican colleagues have decided to stall this bill under the false pretense that it will hurt jobs in the upstate area.

April 12, 2011
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April 11, 2011
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SENATORS INTRODUCE CLEAN WATER LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE AND VOW TO KEEP NEW YORK’S WATER SAFE & CLEAN

Queens, NY, April 11, 2011 – As new information continues to surface on the dangers of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, particularly in relation to the wastewater produced during the hydrofracking process, Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Ranking Member of the Environmental Protection Committee Tony Avella (D-Queens) and Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens) have introduced a package of bills that aim to keep New York’s water clean against the effects of hydrofracking.  First and foremost, the package calls for a ban on hydrofracking.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris protests construction of an asphalt plant in Long Island City.

Senator Gianaris held a rally with other local leaders to protest the placement of an asphalt plant in Long Island City. The plant is being planned without proper input from the local community and without proper notification.

April 7, 2011
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Griffo Reports that Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget

Griffo Reports Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget Agreement Senator Confident that Review of Commission will confirm its continued need

April 6, 2011
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Gianaris Demands that State Pull Permit for Long Island City Asphalt Plant--New York Daily News

Pull permit for Long Island City asphalt plant, Queens politician demands

By Lisa L. Colangelo

New York Daily New Staff Writer

Local leaders are calling on the state to revoke permits it issued to a new asphalt plant poised to open in Long Island City.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris and others said the community was never properly notified that Green Asphalt Co. LLC was applying for permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation to operate the plant on Railroad Ave.

"Not only is this plant ill-conceived based on its merits and location, but the process through which it came to fruition was utterly flawed," Gianaris (D-Astoria) wrote in a letter fired off to DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens on Friday.

April 6, 2011
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Where Do You Stand On Indian Point Nuclear Facility?

In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, the threat of nuclear disaster at Indian Point, a nuclear facility in our own backyard, deserves critical consideration.  In 2013 Indian Point will undergo review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which will determine whether or not their operating license will be renewed, a critical moment in which the plant will either remain open or be closed.

Located just 25 miles north of New York City, Indian Point rests above the convergence of two fault lines. Alarmingly, a recent US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report revealed that Indian Point’s reactor 3 has the highest risk of earthquake damage of the 104 active nuclear plants.

April 4, 2011
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NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund Fielding Applicants for Environmental Projects

The New York City Environmental Fund in conjunction with Hudson River Foundation are conducting two workshops to inform potential applicants seeking grants for local environmental projects as part of the continued Newtown Creek cleanup efforts.The $19.5 million local environmental projects fund was established as part of a settlement last year with the ExxonMobil Corporation to augment the cleanup of the millions of gallons of oil released into Newtown Creek beginning in the 1970’s.“These workshops, and fundin

April 4, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer Awarded Audubon New York's Prestigious William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award

Senator Recognized for Leadership on Smart Growth and Environmental Funding in State Senate 

Albany, NY March 31, 2011 – In recognition for her outstanding commitment to the environment and leadership in advancing numerous conservation measures in the New York State Senate, Audubon New York and the Audubon Council of New York State selected State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as the 2011 recipient of the William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award. The Award, which is named in honor of the popular environmental advocate who passed away in 1992 while serving in the State Assembly, was presented at the at the 2011 spring Audubon Assembly this past weekend at the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

April 1, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC: ON THE $2.6 MILLION PROPOSED FINE BY THE NYS DEC AGAINST THE NYC DEP

March 29, 2011 The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has historically forsaken the residents in the New York City Ashokan Watershed and violated National Clean Water Act standards. In addition, ineffective leadership in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has contributed to the continued destruction of upstate communities.

March 29, 2011
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