Issues: Environment

Seward Continues Push For Improved Disaster Prep & Response

CORTLAND, 09/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today continued to advance his multi-prong strategy to enhance the state’s response to natural disasters. 

“In recent years we have seen the number and severity of natural disasters spiral increasingly upward,” said Senator James L. Seward.  “It is vital that we, as a state, prepare for future natural disasters by constructing better protections for our homes, businesses and infrastructure, streamlining our response, and ensuring that financial resources are available.” 

September 12, 2013
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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Senator Young Announces State Funding for Chautauqua Lake Cleanup Efforts

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that she has secured $100,000 to battle invasive species in Chautauqua Lake.

Following the $100,000 of funding that Senator Young secured for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) last year, this year’s additional $100,000 grant will help support the CLA’s aquatic weed control initiatives.

“Chautauqua Lake is an economic engine that brings millions of tourism dollars that grow our small businesses and enhance our tax base. The recreational benefits provided by the lake enhance our quality of life, so having a healthy and vibrant lake is very important to our community,” she said.

September 9, 2013
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Help Clean Up Our Beaches

Senator Phil Boyle's Beach Cleanup Event

Senator Phil Boyle invites you to take part in the 28th Annual New York State Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 21st.

The volunteer-driven effort is a part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which is coordinated by the Northeast Chapter of the Littoral Society.

The event will begin at 10AM at Robert Moses State Park - Field 2.

Please use the form below to sign up and volunteer.

September 9, 2013
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Free Electronics Recycling Event

Senator Mark Grisanti and City of Tonawanda Mayor Ron Pilozzi will host a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, September 28.

The event will take place from 9am to 2pm at Saint Andrew's Country Day School, located at 1545 Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Kenmore.

Computer monitors, laptops, television screens and other electronic items will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.sunnking.com or call Senator Grisanti's office at 716-854-8705.

September 28, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Phil Boyle Preparing Residents for the Next Big Storm

August 29, 2013- It was a packed house on Wednesday night at the Hurricane Preparedness seminar hosted by Senator Phil Boyle at the Babylon Public Library. The seminar featured presentations by Rich Hoffman from News 12, Commissioner of NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Jerome M. Hauer, Director of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross Elizabeth Barker, NYS Department of Financial Services Martin Schwartzman, and Commissioner of the Suffolk County of Emergency Management Thomas O’Hara. Their expertise covered a wide variety of areas so that all residents could have their questions and concerns addressed.

August 30, 2013
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Maloney, Krueger, and Lappin Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Revoke Permit for E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station Due to Serious Flood Risks

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Council Member Jessica Lappin joined community advocates and concerned residents today near the site of the proposed 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) to highlight the serious flood risks that the MTS would pose to the community and to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke a permit for construction.

August 30, 2013
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Senator Valesky Joins Governor to Release State Funds to Flood-Affected Residents

Just two months after the devastating floods, state funds are being released to residents in the affected areas. I was with Gov. Cuomo in Oneida as he announced that $13.6 million in flood recovery checks would be delivered today.

August 29, 2013
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Flood Recovery Funds Delivered To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 08/29/13 -  Senator James L. Seward today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to 1,206 homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.

August 29, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO HOST BEACH CLEAN UP EVENT AT JONES BEACH ON SEPTEMBER 21st

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he is once again sponsoring a beach cleanup day at Jones Beach on September 21, 2013 from 8 am to 12 pm. All residents are welcome to participate in the program.

     Senator Fuschillo is sponsoring the event in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to keep our beaches and shores clean and prevent pollution from harming our oceans and marine life. Approximately one ton of garbage was removed through last year’s beach cleanup.

August 27, 2013
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FIGHT THE BITE: MORE THAN 2,000 TIRES COLLECTED AT RITCHIE-HOSTED RECYCLING EVENTS

Central New York residents disposed of more than 2,000 tires at free recycling events, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events—which were funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—allowed Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived. 

“With one tire acting as a breeding ground for an estimated one million mosquitoes, the more than 2,000 tires we were able to dispose of represent a big step in this year’s fight against insects and the diseases they carry,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am thrilled to have been able to host these events, and the turn out really speaks volumes to the necessity of providing people with ways to protect themselves—and their loved ones—from mosquitoes, especially during the summer months.”

August 27, 2013
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THE SUN: Hamburg Collaborates With Senator Mark Grisanti On Town-Wide Recycling Event

By Steve Dlugosz

HAMBURG — The Hamburg Town Hall parking lot was buzzing with activity early on Aug. 17.

Those present for the event collected used TV sets and other obsolete electronic items that were dropped off as part of the first ever E-waste recycling event in Hamburg.

The collaboration was done as part of an initiative between New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti’s office’s “Recycle-Reduce-Reuse” and SunnKing Electronics Recycling, with Time Warner Cable.

A similar recycling/collections event has already taken place in Grand Island, with another scheduled for September in Tonawanda.

August 23, 2013
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Beach Cleanup- Wantagh

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he is once again sponsoring a beach cleanup day at Jones Beach on September 21, 2013 from 8 am to 12 pm. All residents are welcome to participate in the program. 

Senator Fuschillo is sponsoring the event in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to keep our beaches and shores clean and prevent pollution from harming our oceans and marine life. Approximately one ton of garbage was removed through last year’s beach cleanup. 

September 21, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senator Gianaris’ Bill to Protect Children from Sun Overexposure Becomes Law

(Albany, NY) Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by Senator Michael Gianaris and carried in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, which will increase cancer prevention and reduce the dangers of sun poisoning for children. The law will strengthen existing regulations regarding the application of sunscreen in schools and summer camps to ensure that children are able to apply sunscreen when spending time outside.

The New York State Department of Education and the Federal Food and Drug Administration include sunscreen on their list of over-the-counter drugs, previously requiring a note from a doctor before a child would be allowed to use it during school hours. Summer camps also follow these guidelines.

Understanding how important it is for children to protect themselves from sunburn and overexposure to the sun, Senator Gianaris’ newly passed law will only require a note from a parent.

“Our first responsibility is to protect our kids, and we fail to do that when illogical regulations force schools to put our children in danger. Our schools should be encouraging sunscreen use, not preventing it,” said Senator Gianaris. “I am pleased Governor Cuomo signed this common sense measure into law, allowing us to rest assured that our children will not be at risk when they play outside at school or at summer camp.”  

August 19, 2013
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Senator Grisanti To Host Free Electronics Recycling Event In Hamburg

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August 17, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Standing Together for the Palisades: U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, Senators Klein, Espaillat and Assemblyman Dinowitz Join NY and NJ Environmental Groups in Call for LG Electronics to Lower Planned Height of Building Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Following the recent decision by Bergen County Superior Court to uphold LG Electronics’ plan to construct a 143 foot building headquarters by the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, State Senator Jeff Klein, U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz joined representatives from the coalition group, Protect the Palisades, in calling for LG Electronics to lower the height of their planned construction.

A variance in the zoning law along the Palisades authorized LG Electronics to build above the 35 foot maximum height restriction. If constructed, the LG Electronics headquarters would pierce above the Palisades’ treeline, scarring an iconic landscape and setting a precedent for similar development.

August 15, 2013
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FIGHT THE BITE: RITCHIE ANNOUNCES FREE “TIRE AMNESTY DAY” IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Announcement Comes in the Wake of Discovery of EEE, West Nile Virus

 

In the wake of the discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile virus in Oswego County, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced “Tire Amnesty Day,” a free event that will be held on Saturday, August 24 to help people dispose of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The event—which is being funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces. 

August 14, 2013
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Grisanti Announces $400,000 In Funding For Tonawanda

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced today that he has secured funding for the Town of Tonawanda that will be used for environmental, public safety and parks and recreation projects that will enhance and improve conditions in the town while accomplishing budgetary relief and increasing efficiency.

August 9, 2013
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Volunteers being sought for local river projects on Saturday

The calls are going out for volunteers this Saturday, August 10th, to assist projects along a few local rivers.

In Cohocton, members of local Trout Unlimited Chapters and other volunteers will clear away vegetation from around the 800 trees that were planted along the Cohocton River in May as part of the Cohocton Watershed Shade Enhancement Project.  Read more HERE...

August 7, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $25,000 TO COMBAT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie toured Goose Bay in Jefferson County today and announced she has secured a $25,000 grant to help the shoreline community address its Eurasian Milfoyle problem.

Senator Ritchie has been working with the Goose Bay Reclamation Corporation, a not-for-profit group composed of local residents, the Nature Conservancy, Jefferson County Legislator Phil Reed, Town of Alexandria Supervisor Dale Hunneyman and the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District to help residents.

“Goose Bay is one of the St. Lawrence River’s great scenic and natural resources,” said Senator Ritchie. “When residents came to me asking for my help, I felt it was imperative that we work together to begin addressing this problem that threatens a major St. Lawrence River ecosystem that includes the mouth of Cranberry Creek, one of the St. Lawrence River’s historic spawning areas.”

August 5, 2013
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