Issues: Environment

Letter to Public Service Commission About Tree Trimming Policies

Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff’s Recommendations regarding Case 10-E-0155. I would also like to thank you for opening this review, and for affording the public a high level of involvement in the process. As stated in my original comments, I recognize that vegetation management practices are necessary to maintain a safe and reliable electric utility system. However, changes to Public Service Commission policies for utility companies engaging in this work are necessary to improve public involvement and reflect greater concern for the environment and quality of life. To that end, it is my belief that the PSC staff’s recommendations do not go far enough in addressing the concerns of affected residents.

February 3, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger Calls to Stop Regional Regulations That Threaten to Weaken State Laws Against Hydrofracking

For Immediate Release | January 26, 2011

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

 

(New York, NY) – Today, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) sent a letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) requesting they rescind the draft Natural Gas Development Regulations, a proposed set of guidelines for natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin. While an Executive Order currently prohibits all horizontal gas drilling in the State, the actions of the DRBC have raised concerns that regional entities will undercut the strength of State laws even as New York works to set the highest environmental and safety standards.

January 26, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Applauds State Approval For Cleaner And More Efficient Power Plant In Astoria

Astoria, Queens—State Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) commended state utilities regulators for granting approval for the construction of a $1.4 billion power plant in Astoria along the East River. The new plant will reduce toxic emissions at the site by more than 85% by replacing an older, less-efficient and dirtier plant.

“Western Queens residents can breathe a little easier today,” stated Senator Michael Gianaris. “We bear more than our fair share of the burden for producing New York’s electricity. Anytime we replace an old, dirty generator with a newer, cleaner one is a significant step in the right direction.”

January 22, 2011
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Senator LaValle to Host Annual Environmental Roundtable

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I - Port Jefferson) will host a two-hour-long Environmental Roundtable to discuss environmental issues impacting the First Senate District on Thursday, February 10, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College in the Babylon Student Center – Montauk Point Room 212. This year’s participants will again help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region. 

Past roundtables have included elected and appointed officials and commissioners, community members, environmentalists, sportsmen and others. 

January 21, 2011
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January 14, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat Selected for Key Leadership & Committee Assignments

Espaillat will serve as top Democrat on Housing Committee and serve as chair of Minority Program Development, a Senate leadership post

January 12, 2011
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ORDA director tapped to take over for DEC

 

 


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January 6, 2011


KIM SMITH DEDAM

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RAY BROOK — Joe Martens seemed a bit humbled by the breadth of North Country support for his nomination as Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner."I hope I live up to their expectations," he said.But his track record is marked with Adirondack achievement.

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January 6, 2011
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Regional officials applaud Martens decision

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January 6, 2011

KIM SMITH DEDAM

RAY BROOK — North Country officials express confidence in the nomination of Joe Martens as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement Tuesday, and the reaction here was instant and accepting of a leader many consider thoughtful and capable of assimilating different points of view to garner consensus.

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January 6, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Smoke-Free Co-Op Forum

Please join Senator Peralta, Councilmember Danny Dromm and the Queens Smoke Free Partnership to learn how to make your co-op smoke free!

• Learn about the dangers of second hand smoke

• Hear successful stories from neighbors who have implemented smoke free policies

• Find out how to increase your health while increasing your property value

www.nycsmokefree.org

Please print and post a flyer in your building.

 

April 7, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Paterson Signs Battery Recycling Law

By David King

You know that broken iPod you’ve got sitting around? Those busted flip phones, or that laptop with the hole in the screen?(How on Earth did that get there?) Well they’ve all got batteries in ‘em and those batteries are no good for mother nature. Thanks to new legislation, signed yesterday by Gov. David Paterson and sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, electronics manufacturers will be required under state law to work with retailers to set up convenient recycling programs for those sorts of batteries. The goal is to keep those toxic batteries out of landfills.

January 3, 2011
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Seward Renews Call For Open Review Of OWB Regs

ONEONTA, 12/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is again calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full, open review of proposed outdoor wood boiler (OWB) regulations.

“Energy costs are rising on a daily basis and upstate homeowners and farmers struggling to make ends meet are constantly searching for economical and environmentally sound methods to keep expenses in check,” said Senator Seward.  “I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s efforts in revising outdoor wood boiler regulations but local concerns have not been adequately addressed.”

December 20, 2010
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NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR'S VETO OF HYDROFRACKING LEGISLATION

Senator Co-sponsored Bill S8129B Calling for Hydrofracking Moratorium in Upstate Watershed 

Queens, NY, December 15, 2010 -- "Just imagine that your son or daughter pours themselves a cup of water, and it's brown. Or, it's cloudy with particles and chemicals.  That is exactly what is happening to families in other states--Texas, Colorado, and Pennsylvania--who have rushed into drilling for natural gas with a procedure known as hydrofracking.  A Pennsylvania couple had even joined my August press conference at City Hall to share their story and show the assembled reporters the jar of brown, smelly water that comes out of their household water tap.  

December 15, 2010
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Governor Paterson's Veto a Blow to Fracking Opponents

NEW YORK—The governor is between a rock and a hard place—some would say, between big money and clean water.

On Saturday, Governor Paterson opened up what environmental advocacy groups are calling the “Paterson loophole” to companies wanting to expand their hydro-fracking activity. Hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking, involves pumping a solution of water, sand, and a relatively small portion of toxic chemicals (0.5 percent) into the ground to bust through shale for the prized natural gas within. Many worry about contamination of the watershed that services all of New York City.

“The legislature can be proud of themselves,” declared State Senator Liz Krueger at a gathering in front of the governor’s office at 633 Third Ave. on Monday.

December 14, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Criticizes Governor’s Veto Of Bill To Protect New York’s Environment And Its Water Supply

NYS Senator Eric Adams joins his Majority Conference colleagues to protest the Governor’s veto of hydrofracking moratorium legislation protecting New York’s watershed

NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “Concerned that our State’s water supply might become contaminated by the hazardous chemicals used in the procedure known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, the New York State Legislature placed public safety above special interests by passing moratorium legislation on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The moratorium had been designed to protect the health and economic well-being of millions of New Yorkers who draw their water from the affected area, and the Governor’s veto is most unfortunate.

December 13, 2010
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Statement from Sen. José M. Serrano Re: Hydraulic Fracturing

“Recently I was proud to support legislation that mandated a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a practice that can prove dangerous to the health of many New Yorkers by contaminating our drinking water and taking its toll on our farmland, among other health and environmental concerns."It is disappointing that the Governor vetoed this bill, which would have suspended the issuance of all new oil and gas drilling permits, including both vertical and horizontal hydro-fracturing.

December 13, 2010
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Statement From Senator Krueger Regarding Governor's Veto of Hydrofracking Legislation

While I am glad that Governor Paterson has recognized the severity of this situation, I am disappointed that he has decided to veto such important legislation and has instead opted for a scenario that creates an easily exploitable loophole. The fact is that this legislation was drafted in a very specific manner to ensure that we put a temporary hold on all drilling that could do irreparable harm to areas of the State of New York. The Executive Order the Governor signed gives us some delay on some types of drilling, but it still leaves the State of New York vulnerable to overzealous gas companies who wish to make up for the ban on horizontal drilling by increasing the number of vertical drills.

December 13, 2010
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Submitting Testimony to Protect New York City’s Vulnerable Waterfronts

Comments by New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane andNew York State Assembly Member Richard N. GottfriedRegarding the New York State Sea Level Rise Task ForceDraft Report to the New York State Legislature

December 12, 2010

December 13, 2010
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Moving Forward in the Fight Against Fracking

On December 11, Governor David Paterson vetoed legislation which I co-sponsored that would have established a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in both vertical and horizontal wells throughout New York State until May of 2011.  He also signed an Executive Order requiring the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to reissue a draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on fracking in horizontal wells and subject it to a public comment period in early June.  The latter move effectively delays all fracking in horizontal wells until at least early summer, enabling the State Legislature to develop legislation to comprehensively address the threats fracking poses. 

December 12, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On The Veto Of Hydrofracking Legislation

Unrestricted hydrofracking activity will create a clear, present, and potentially permanent danger to the health and safety of millions of New Yorkers. Much of the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and New York City draw their water from areas that will not be fully protected by the Governor’s Executive Order. Allowing the special interest influence of the few to outweigh the public safety interests of so many is disappointing.

December 11, 2010
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