Issues: Environment

Garbage pickup proposal floated for Lake George islands

By DAYELIN ROMAN, droman@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 1:56 pm

LAKE GEORGE -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been asked to increase camping fees on Lake George's islands next year to pay for garbage pickup that the state has proposed discontinuing.

Local officials said this week that they were hopeful the DEC will continue trash pickup on the islands after a meeting Friday with state officials to discuss the issue.

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September 22, 2010
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Doe Workers Hired to Clean Up Jackson Heights

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

September 16, 2010 

The grime and trash on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights has long frustrated residents and politicians in the area, but with state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-Jackson Heights) assistance, some familiar faces — and uniforms — will return to clean up the place. 

On Sept. 7, Peralta presented The Doe Fund, an organization dedicated to empowering the homeless, with a $250,000 check paid through discretionary funds for Doe’s “men in blue” to spruce up parts of Roosevelt Avenue, Astoria Boulevard, Northern Boulevard and LeFrak City four days a week. 

September 16, 2010
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Seward Surveys Safety Concerns At Greene County Hiking Area

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

HUNTER, 09/15/10 — NYS Senator James Seward, R-Milford, and NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, met with emergency response leaders and local government officials in the Town of Hunter on Tuesday to discuss how to increase safety for hikers in the Platte Clove and Kaaterskill Falls areas.

The meeting came in the wake of recent fatalities in both areas, and Seward has called for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate what can be done to ensure hikers on State Forest Preserve lands do not fall to their deaths.

“We’re here to gather facts, information, and ammunition,” said Seward, “so that we can continue to press our case with DEC to take some action.”

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September 15, 2010
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Senator Jose Peralta Announces $250,000 in Funding to Expand The Doe Fund's Ready, Willing & Able Presence in the 13th District

(QUEENS, NY) New York State Senator Jose R. Peralta was joined by the “men in blue” of The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) program and community leaders to announce $250,000 in funding to expand RWA’s presence in the 13th district. The program, which provides street sanitation services along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, will now also service Roosevelt Avenue and Astoria Boulevard. Peralta also was honored with the bright blue uniform of the RWA “man in blue” for his extraordinary support of and partnership with RWA over the years.

September 8, 2010
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Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill Becomes Law

Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010.  The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

September 7, 2010
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Patch: Save Our Trees: Locals Speak Out Against Clearcutting

Amy Kupfberg, a Hartsdale resident, stood before about forty concerned citizens and a hearing officer for New York's Public Service Commission Tuesday and said: "My mantra used to be 'I love shoes.' But now everything I do is about saving trees."

Residents from around Westchester converged in the Greenburgh Public Library to take the state Public Service Commission to task regarding its current regulations for the clearing of trees near power transmission lines…

"The PSC must use the hammer at its disposal to regulate the utility company's actions," State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "Lawmakers will be able to forgo legislation and fines if you would just regulate."

August 30, 2010
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Westchester News Online: New Bicycle Safety Law Named After Greenburgh Cyclist Signed Into Law

A bicycle safety law sponsored by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins(D-Yonkers) has been signed by Governor David Paterson.

The bill, which was dubbed "Merrill's Law" was so named after 66 year old Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist, who was struck and fatally crushed by a BeeLine Bus in November 2009 as he was riding on Route 119 near Aqueduct Road in Greenburgh.

Westchester News Online - (August 16,2010)

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August 30, 2010
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9/1/2010: Town Hall Meeting

Please join Senator Shirley L. Huntley and invited agencies:

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

NYC Department of Sanitation

To discuss the issues regarding the flooding in your neighborhood and how we can help.

For more infoemation, please contact Keisha Corley at (718) 949-1601

September 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Senator Antoine Thompson, Residents & Advocates Urge Moratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute New York’s Drinking Water. "Protecting Our Drinking Water."

From: sk2houston@hotmail.comTo: alnisa33@yahoo.comSubject: press releaseDate: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:16:47 -0400

(Buffalo, NY) Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million New York residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies,

August 17, 2010
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Thompson Wants To Clean Up Scajaquada Creek

For Immediate ReleaseAugust 16, 2010Contact: Ken Houston 716.854.8705  houston@senate.state.ny.us

August 17, 2010
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BEACH EROSION CONCERNS LOCAL RESIDENTS

Senator LaValle recently (forefront) joined federal, state, and local elected officials at a community meeting in Bridgehampton to discuss the problem of beach erosion in the Town of Southampton.  The preservation of the beaches is an ongoing concern of residents who fear they will lose their homes if they are reactive rather than proactive in addressing this problem.  Senator LaValle supported the community’s idea for the creation of a local taxing district, which would empower residents to outline a

August 16, 2010
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Protecting Our Drinking Water

Senator Antoine Thompson, Residents & Advocates UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute New York’s Drinking Water

August 13, 2010
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Facts About Asthma

As the summer months begin to fade away and the back to school season approaches, many children will be ramping up their level of physical activity.  Some may be returning to sports or joining an athletic team for the first time while others may be looking forward to physical education class or simply rejoining their friends on the school playground.  No matter how intense the participation, as youngsters get back into the swing of things, it is important to watch for signs for the chronic condition of asthma.

August 12, 2010
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Senator Foley, Assemblyman Englebright, Commissioner Grannis Celebrate Groundbreaking Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point), Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D – Setauket) and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis were joined today by environmental advocates today to celebrate the signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act. This law protects children and the environment by banning the use of harmful pesticides on school fields and playgrounds, as well as at daycare centers.

August 11, 2010
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Senator Parker with speaker of New York City council Catherine Quinn

I ask the Assembly not to be penny wise and pound foolish to take up this course of action and allowing Hydraulic fracturing in New York State without proper study and preparation for the potential effects on the communities where Hydraulic fracturing takes place. We need a better understanding to make sure our drinking water is protected

August 11, 2010
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Senator Kevin Parker moves to save New York City Drinking Water

 

New, York, New York Senator Parker joined advocates and public officials to urge his colleagues in government to block gas exploration in upstate New York.

 

August 11, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

(35th District – NY) Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced 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. Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents.

The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9. This bill provides for a suspension, until May 15, 2011, of the issuance of new permits for the drilling of a well which utilizes the practice of hydraulic fracturing. The legislation is now awaiting action by the Assembly before it can be sent to the Governor for his support.

August 11, 2010
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PROTECTING NEW YORK’S DRINKING WATER

Senator Savino Joins Democratic Colleagues, Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to Urge Moratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water (New York, NY) 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.  The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9.

August 11, 2010
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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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