Issues: Environment

KLEIN ANNOUNCES OIL SPILL CLEANUP IN PELHAM MANOR

Senator Helped Secure Funding for Clean Up Following Major Accident in March

 

PELHAM MANOR, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined residents of The Hamlet in Pelham Manor to announce significant progress in clean-up efforts following the crash of a gasoline carrying tanker truck on Boston Post Road in March. Senator Klein helped secure funding from the tanker’s insurance company for the repair of pavement in the community that was damaged in the accident.

 

August 11, 2010
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ADDABBO: LET’S PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER

Senate Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo Mandates Moratorium to Allow for Comprehensive Study of Drilling in Marcellus Shale

Queens, NY, August 11, 2010 – Just back from the end of a rare summer session in Albany, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reports that due largely as a result of the public support to hold off on a natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking, the Senate passed legislation that would put a hold on hydrofracking in the state. The legislation, which now goes to the Assembly for a vote, would stop the issuing of upstate drilling permits until May 2011.

August 11, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

Public Officials Join Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water

Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations. 

August 10, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

Public Officials Join Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water

August 10, 2010
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Senator Antoine M. Thompson accomplishments in his various issue areas

Environment

Senator Thompson bans toxic baby bottles. Bill signed into law July 10, 2010.
Marcellus Shale Drilling is delayed until May 2011.  Passed NYS Senate Aug 10, 2010.
Playgrounds are made safe with legislation banning pesticides in playgrounds.  Signed into law April 10, 2010.
Ewaste Bill passes and signed into law establishing statewide recycling and reuse goals for Ewaste.  Signed into law April, 2010.
Wetlands Mapping is now allowed to be done by computer.  Signed into law May, 2010.
Bigger Better Bottle Bill passes in 2009 -2010 Budget and creates revenue for cash strapped state.

August 9, 2010
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Senator Parker's comments on hydro fracking

The Senate voted on a momratorium on hydrofracking. Here are my thoughts on the issue:

August 9, 2010
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Senate Passes Drilling Moratorium

Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier’s Marcellus Shale formation today are cheering the state Senate’s approval of a short-term moratorium late Tuesday night.

The measure sailed through the Senate, 48-9. If approved by the Assembly and Gov. David Paterson, permits to drill for natural gas in the formation would be delayed until May 15, 2011. Now focus turns to the Assembly, where supporters of the drilling moratorium believe it could be taken up soon.

Read more & watch Senator Liz Krueger speak on the floor.

August 5, 2010
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Senator Krueger and Colleagues Protect New York's Water; Mandate Moratorium For Marcellus Shale Drilling

(New York, NY) Late Tuesday night, Senator Krueger and her Democratic colleagues passed a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, a practice that could lead to the disastrous contamination of the State’s water supply . Through the moratorium, gas and oil companies would be restricted from hastily drilling in the watershed, a process typically done through hydrolic drilling or hydro-fracking. By enacting this moratorium, New York State will protect the health and economic well-being of all 19 million New Yorkers.

August 5, 2010
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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

This summer New York has experienced record-breaking heat, which has lead New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where there are cooler temperatures. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:

Use Energy Star Products

Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.

Cooling

File: 
Energy Saving Tips-2.pdf

August 5, 2010
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SAVINO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF MORATORIUM ON GAS DRILLING; PROTECTS NEW YORK’S WATER

Senate Bill Mandates Moratorium to allow for Comprehensive Study of Drilling in Marcellus Shale(Albany, NY) Putting public safety over special interests, Senator Diane J.

August 4, 2010
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NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON BILL BEING PASSED TO HALT DRILLING IN UPSTATE WATERSHED

Queens, NY, August 4, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S8129B) calling for a moratorium on hydrofracking, or drilling for natural gas reserves in the upstate watershed, today issued the following statement on the bill’s passage after being brought to the floor for a vote last night:   

August 4, 2010
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Thompson Offers Responsible Hydro-Fracking Legislation. "Protecting Our Drinking Water."

For Immediate Release:August 4, 2010 Contact: Ken Houston 716.854.8705 houston@senate.ny.us

Buffalo, NY – Crucial legislation to protect drinking water was passed by the New York State  Senate by a vote of 48 to 9.  Sponsored  by New York State Senator Antoine Thompson ( D-parts of  Erie & Niagara Counties), the bill (S8129B) suspends permits for hydro-fracking in New York State until May 15, 2011, giving the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Legislature and the incoming Governor time to enact safeguards to protect New York’s water. 

August 4, 2010
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Protecting New York's Water And Holding Gas Corporations Accountable: Senate Bill Mandates Moratorium To Allow For Comprehensive Study Of Drilling In Marcellus Shale

Continuing to put public safety over special interests, the Senate Democratic Majority passed a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale to prevent the potentially hazardous contamination of the state’s water supply. Through the moratorium, gas and oil companies would be restricted from hastily endangering the health and economic well-being of more than 12 million local residents who draw their water from the affected area by engaging a process known as hydraulic fracturing or hydro-fracking. 

August 4, 2010
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Governor Signs Thompson Bills Into Law. "Protecting Our Kids."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 30, 2010CONTACT: Ken Houston 716.854.8705 houston@senate.ny.us

Buffalo, NY – Landmark  legislation sponsored  by New York State Senator Antoine Thompson ( D-parts of  Erie & Niagara Counties) becomes law.  The bill (S3296) bans the use of  Bishpenol-A in products for children age three and under.  NY Governor  David Paterson signed the bill into law Friday, July 30, 2010.

The bill (#S3296) includes childcare products such as pacifiers, baby bottles, baby bottle liners, cups, cup lids, straws  and sippy cups.  Parents have innocently exposed their children to this product for years without knowing the risk.

July 30, 2010
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Safety Review of Popular Greene County Hiking Trail Needed

ONEONTA, 07/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review safety measures at the Devil’s Kitchen hiking area in the Town of Hunter. 

“Two fatal hiking accidents this year at Devil’s Kitchen have prompted concerns that must be evaluated,” said Senator Seward.  “The Department of Environmental Conservation should take steps to assess the trail’s safety and to ensure proper warnings are present.”

July 29, 2010
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Governor Signs Thompson Bill Limiting Phosphorus. "Protecting The Environment."

For Immediate ReleaseJuly 26, 2010Contact: Ken Houston 716.854.8705 houston@senate.state.ny.us

Buffalo, NY – New York State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) changes the Environmental Conservation Law regarding the amount of phosphorus used in household products.  

July 28, 2010
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Labor, Industry, Environmentalists Join Senator Bill Perkins for a Healthy New York

Industry, labor, environmentalists, small business and public health advocates join Senator Bill Perkins at City Hall to praise legislation signed by Governor Paterson that will dramatically reduce the deadly pollution that comes from burning home heating oil. The legislation sponsored by Senator Perkins', S.1145-C, sharply reduces the amount of sulfur allowed in home heating oil from over 2,000 parts per million to just 15 parts per million. This will reduce the air pollution that adversely affects the health of millions of New Yorkers..

July 22, 2010
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Environmentalists, Industry, Labor Join Senator Bill Perkins For A Healthy New York

Community leaders, public health and small business advocates, industry and labor joined Senator Bill Perkins to praise legislation signed by Governor Paterson that will dramatically reduce the deadly pollution that comes from burning home heating oil. Senator Perkins’ legislation, S1145C sharply reduces the amount of sulfur allowed in home heating oil from over 2,000 parts per million to just 15 parts per million (ppm).  Sulfur contributes to air pollution that adversely affects the health of millions of New Yorkers. 

July 22, 2010
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