Issues: Environment

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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NYS Senator Eric Adams Holds ‘Hands Around the Lake’ To Demand The Humane Treatment Of Geese And Other Wildlife That Call Prospect Park Home.

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.

March 28, 2011
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Fishermen Off the Hook: Saltwater License Law Repealed in State Budget

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.

March 24, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger Calling on Closure of Indian Point

For Immediate Release | March 24, 2011

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

"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.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Serrano Passes Resolution Encouraging New Yorkers to Conserve Energy

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.

March 23, 2011
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Confirmation Meeting

CONFIRMATION PROCESS--Senator O'Mara questions Joe Martens, Governor Andrew Cuomo's nominee to head the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), at a meeting of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee in early March.  The full Senate confirmed Mr. Martens as DEC's new commissioner on March 9th.

March 23, 2011
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Senate Passes Klein Bill to Strengthen Green Markets/ Increase Access to New York Grown Products

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.

March 22, 2011
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Good News on Horizon: Business, Technology and Academic Partnerships Will Drive Economy, Create Jobs. Two Projects to Launch, Council Planned.

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 .

March 22, 2011
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Gallivan Passes Bill Permitting Rifle Hunting in Wyoming County

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.

March 9, 2011
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Martens confirmed as DEC leader

March 9, 2011 - By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

The state Senate unanimously confirmed Joe Martens as the new commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday.

March 9, 2011
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