Issues: Environment

Senator Dilan Praises ExxonMobil Settlement to Continue Cleanup of Newtown Creek

Oil giant to dedicate $19.5 million—of $25 million settlement for penalties, costs and restoration of local environment—to Greenpoint environmental fund

November 17, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC: ON THE FIRING OF DEC COMMISSIONER PETER GRANNIS

“Governor Paterson’s apparent decision to fire DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis is bad government at its worst executed by an accidental Governor with no moral, fiscal, or leadership authority whatsoever.”  

October 22, 2010
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MillionTreesNYC TO PLANT TREES AT CONFERENCE HOUSE PARK AND WOLFES POND PARK ON OCT. 23RD

MillionTreesNYC, one of the 127 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade.

October 23, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer named AIANYS Legislator of the Year

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.

October 19, 2010
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Environmental Groups, Community Advocates and Elected Officials Herald Enactment of New Smart Growth Law

Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.

October 19, 2010
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Press Conference to Announce the Signing of the Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act

On August 30, 2010, Governor David Paterson signed into law the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act. This groundbreaking new law will fundamentally change the way that state agencies fund public infrastructure projects by requiring the use of smart growth principles to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development. Passage of the law was a top legislative priority of environmental groups throughout the state.

October 18, 2010
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Peralta Top "Green" Lawmaker

 

Queens Gazette

October 13, 2010

In the only scorecard that grades lawmakers on their environmental votes, the EPL/Environmental Advocates crowned state Senator Jose Peralta (D–Corona) with the top senate score. Other Queens Democrats in the senate to earn high scores were Shirley Huntley (D–Jamaica) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D–Whitestone). Republican Padavan received a low grade of 66 for this year.

Assemblymembers from Queens who got 90 grades were Grace Meng, Audrey Pheffer, David Weprin, Rory Lancman, Nettie Mayersohn, Andrew Hevesi, Margaret Markey, Barbara Clark, Jeff Aubry and Catherine Nolan, while Michael Gianaris and Michael DenDekker each got 89 and Michael Miller got an 84.

October 13, 2010
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Clean Water Flows In Tompkins County

Ithaca Journal

Slaterville Springs, 10/08/10 - Longtime Slaterville Springs residents remember what happened in 1990 when a bridge project over Six Mile Creek punctured their aquifer and left 15-to-20 homes with no water -- the county had to bring in a pump to supply residents with water for almost a year, said Tompkins County Legislator Frank Proto, R-Caroline and Danby.

October 12, 2010
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October 7, 2010
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Thompson Honored For His Legislative Accomplisments "Job Well Done."

For Immediate ReleaseOctober  5th, 2010Contact: Ken Houston (716) 854-8705 sk2houston@hotmail.com

October 5, 2010
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Beach Cleanup 2010: 1600 Pounds of Debris Collected by 400 Volunteers!

Thank you to all who made Beach Cleanup 2010 a wonderful success! This year over 400 volunteers collected 1600 pounds of debris from the Robert Moses State Park beaches. 

The lessons we hope our young volunteers learn through their participation in Beach Cleanup is the vital importance of keeping our oceans and beaches clean and the value of volunteering for the greater good. We also help to provide collection data for the American Littoral Society and the State Department of Environmental Conservation so that those agencies can evaluate the effectiveness of existing laws and programs to prevent ocean pollution. 

September 30, 2010
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Toughening the Penalty Following Russell Station Vandalism

By now, I am sure everyone has heard about the individual or individuals responsible for stealing copper and releasing oil from a spare transformer at Rochester Gas and Electric’s Russell Station property.

It has been reported that RG&E found no evidence of oil along the Lake Ontario shoreline (either west or east of Slater Creek), and worked diligently to contain and clean up any oil in Slater Creek.

As a result of this crime and the environmental clean-up, this criminal (or criminals) left behind, I am proud to announce that I will introduce legislation that would criminalize intentional or reckless damage to the environment done in the course of committing another crime.

September 29, 2010
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Senator Martin Malavé Dilan Applauds Newtown Creek’s Designation as a Superfund Site

The near 150-year toxic scourge that has claimed Newtown Creek—the bordering waterway between Brooklyn and Queens—ends with today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that designates the canal as a Superfund site.The new designation follows the outcome of a series of EPA tests and samples taken over a three-month period in 2009. That report confirmed the presence of  toxic chemicals, heavy metals and petroleum products in more than 1 million cubic yards of sediment.

September 28, 2010
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Padavan Celebrates National Estuaries Day At APEC's Little Neck Bay Festival

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens)  joined with environmental enthusiasts, local families, area school children and Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) representatives to celebrate the Little Neck Bay Festival during National Estuaries Day at APEC on Saturday afternoon September 25, 2010. The day-long event highlighted the environmental conservation efforts taking place on Little Neck Bay. The festival featured exhibits, speakers, games and arts and crafts for children who attended. Senator Frank Padavan speaks to children from PS 94 just outside the Padavan Pavilion at APEC about the local environment during a ceremony marking National Estuaries Day. 

September 28, 2010
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Padavan Celebrates National Estuaries Day At APEC's Little Neck Bay Festival

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens)  joined with environmental enthusiasts, local families, area school children and Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) representatives to celebrate the Little Neck Bay Festival during National Estuaries Day at APEC on Saturday afternoon September 25, 2010. The day-long event highlighted the environmental conservation efforts taking place on Little Neck Bay. The festival featured exhibits, speakers, games and arts and crafts for children who attended. Senator Frank Padavan speaks to children from PS 94 just outside the Padavan Pavilion at APEC about the local environment during a ceremony marking National Estuaries Day. 

September 28, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: ** Going Green is Good Business **

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. cordially invite you to a Small Business & Economic Development Forum. 

** Going Green is Good Business ** 

For More Information, Please Contact:

- Debra Lagapa: 914-934-5250              email: lapaga@nysenate.gov

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email: kajose@westchester.org

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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ADDABBO’S SECOND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY PICKS UP OVER 8 TONS

3,685 More Pounds than First eWaste Collection Day in January 

September 22, 2010
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Garbage pickup proposal floated for Lake George islands

By DAYELIN ROMAN, droman@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 1:56 pm

LAKE GEORGE -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been asked to increase camping fees on Lake George's islands next year to pay for garbage pickup that the state has proposed discontinuing.

Local officials said this week that they were hopeful the DEC will continue trash pickup on the islands after a meeting Friday with state officials to discuss the issue.

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September 22, 2010
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Doe Workers Hired to Clean Up Jackson Heights

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

September 16, 2010 

The grime and trash on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights has long frustrated residents and politicians in the area, but with state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-Jackson Heights) assistance, some familiar faces — and uniforms — will return to clean up the place. 

On Sept. 7, Peralta presented The Doe Fund, an organization dedicated to empowering the homeless, with a $250,000 check paid through discretionary funds for Doe’s “men in blue” to spruce up parts of Roosevelt Avenue, Astoria Boulevard, Northern Boulevard and LeFrak City four days a week. 

September 16, 2010
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Seward Surveys Safety Concerns At Greene County Hiking Area

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

HUNTER, 09/15/10 — NYS Senator James Seward, R-Milford, and NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, met with emergency response leaders and local government officials in the Town of Hunter on Tuesday to discuss how to increase safety for hikers in the Platte Clove and Kaaterskill Falls areas.

The meeting came in the wake of recent fatalities in both areas, and Seward has called for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate what can be done to ensure hikers on State Forest Preserve lands do not fall to their deaths.

“We’re here to gather facts, information, and ammunition,” said Seward, “so that we can continue to press our case with DEC to take some action.”

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September 15, 2010
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