On Saturday, March 26, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams, joined by NYC Council Member Letitia James and community residents, convened a ‘Hands Around the Lake’ rally to demand the humane treatment of Canada geese as well as all other wildlife that call Prospect Park home.
In July of 2010, nearly 400 geese and goslings were captured, gassed and unceremoniously thrown into trash bags – slaughtered in the name of airplane safety, even though the geese that inhabited Prospect Park were outside of the Air Safety Zone.
The State Legislature has reached an agreement with the Governor to repeal the 2009 Saltwater Fishing License New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today.
The license law, LaValle said, will be transformed into a registration requirement to meet federal law. In addition, the registration is guaranteed to be free for the next two years and those who purchased lifetime licenses will be granted a refund minus the fee for the past year.
"I voted against the license law and fee when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy to see the demise of what was essentially a hidden tax,” said LaValle.
The agreement must still be ratified in the State Budget, which is expected to be approved shortly.
"In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, we must heed the warning of these catastrophic events and close the Indian Point nuclear facility. While I applaud the quick and decisive action taken by Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy to address concerns over Indian Point with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), I’m afraid that any action short of closing this facility is simply not enough.
A Resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) to commemorate Earth Hour passed the New York State Senate unanimously today. The resolution requests that Governor Andrew Cuomo adopt 8:30 PM, Saturday, March 26, 2011 as Earth Hour in a show of solidarity to encourage environmental and energy conservation.The first Earth Hour took place in 2007, and since then hundreds of millions of people and landmarks have taken part in this environmentally friendly tradition. Earth Hour 2010 was the most successful to date, with a record 128 countries and territories joining this global display of climate action.
The State Senate Tuesday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), that would expand local and regional green markets, like those in the greater Bronx area, and increase access to New York State grown fruits and vegetables.
As the state wrestles with passing an on-time budget, marked by painful cuts to close a $10 billion budget gap, Long Island could be getting good news this Spring when two components in New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s Innovation Highway are set to get underway.
LaValle says that the engine to drive the creation of new jobs and boost the economy is right in our backyard. “This Spring,” LaValle said, “two projects, The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton and The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center are scheduled to bloom.” The projects are part of LaValle’s Innovation Highway – a tech corridor stretching from The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset .
FRESHMAN SENATOR PASSES FIRST BILLSenator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District) passed his first piece of authored legislation (S. 2385), a bill that will permit sportsmen to use rifles when hunting deer or bear in Wyoming County. The bill passed the Senate with near unanimous support. “Hunting large game by rifle is legally practiced across large portions of New York but has not been available to sportsmen in Wyoming County. This bill will rectify that, and at the same time bring economic activity to Wyoming County and further the county’s reputation as a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts,” Gallivan said.
"It is my pleasure to support the nomination of Joseph Martens as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Commissioner Martens appeared before the Senate Encon Committee and was passed out unanimously. During his hearing, Commissioner Martens took the time to answer each and every question presented to him, and I thank him for that. In the brief time I have known Commissioner Martens he has shown himself to be an open minded individual willing to work with anyone on issues affecting the stewardship of this great State. For these reasons, I strongly support the nomination of Joseph Martens as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation."
Revised Rules Will Address Overland Transport Restrictions
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that DEC will propose revisions to the current rule restricting overland transport of uncertified baitfish.
“I appreciate the helpful criticism of the Department’s existing baitfish regulations and we are revising the rule accordingly,” said Acting Commissioner Joe Martens. “Fishing is an important part of our outdoor sports economy, and we expect anglers will welcome this change and support our common goal of protecting New York’s world class fisheries.”
ALBANY, 02/28/11 – Cortland County sportsmen and women will be allowed to use a rifle while hunting deer or bear under legislation (S.1683) passed by the senate, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) said today.
“This is common sense legislation that mirrors regulations already in effect in neighboring counties allowing the use of rifles while hunting big game,” said Senator Seward. “More importantly, Cortland County sportsmen and women, who collectively have an impeccable safety record, strongly support the change.”
Roundtable particpants -- this year there were more than 70 from more than 2 dozen groups -- help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region.
Senator LaValle was joined by Assemblyman Fred Thiele who has been instrumental in encouraging the Assembly’s support of environmental protection and preservation initiatives and newly elected Assemblyman Dan Losquadro.
TECT Power receives Pollution Prevention Achievement Award
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, housed at Rochester Institute of Technology, awarded its 2011 Pollution Prevention Achievement Award to TECT Power, a subsidiary of TECT Corp. an international aerospace components manufacturer. The award was presented today during a ceremony at the company’s production facility, 2 Halsey Road, in Whitesboro, N.Y.
TECT Power was recognized for its efforts to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in its production processes.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, a fierce advocate for the environment and author of the landmark Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993 has been appointed to the New York State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. LaValle was told of the appointment on Monday, February 14.
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SENATOR PARKER PROMOTES SALES OF LOW-EMISSION AND ENERGY EFFICIENT VEHICLES
(Albany, NY) Today, Senator Kevin S. Parker (D-Brooklyn) passed a bill out of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, which if passed, would help stimulate the sales of low-emission and energy efficient vehicles..