Issues: Environment

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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Governor signs historic clean air legislation sponsored by Sen. Perkins

For Immediate Release July 22, 2010Contact:  Cordell Cleare 212-222-7315

Oil, Environmentalists, Industry, Labor Join Senator Bill Perkins for a Healthy New York Governor signs historic clean air legislation sponsored by Sen. Perkins

July 22, 2010
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Free Electronics Recycling event sponsored by Senator Addabbo

 Electronics Recycling EventSponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo

September 19, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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ARRC Accepting Electronic Submission of Agency Rule Makings

In an effort to cut down on waste, increase productivity within state offices and to save trees and the environment, ARRC in association with the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform and the Department of State have collaborated on a green initiative to electronically distribute proposed agency regulations. 

July 16, 2010
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Senator Sampson Monitoring DEC Hydrafracking Regulations

Gas exploration companies have set their sights on the Marcellus Shale region of New York State for purposes of obtaining millions of cubic feet of natural gas.  New York City officials and residents are concerned the process of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale will pollute the New York City watershed which is located nearby.  Senator John L. Sampson instructed staff at the Administrative Regulations Review Commission to review the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) efforts to promulgate new regulations dealing with Marcellus Shale drilling.

July 16, 2010
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Smart Growth Act could fix state's infrastructure

By: Peter B. Fleischer

New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.

Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.

July 12, 2010
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New York Parks Offer Summer Time Fun

As families and individuals look for ways to enjoy the wonderful summer weather, people need to look no further than our local state parks.  July is Park and Recreation Month across the nation and here in New York we have many great reasons to celebrate. 

Our public parks and state lands are among our greatest resources, particularly in upstate, and they fulfill a number of roles.  They are a strong source of tourist dollars, drawing people from other parts of New York, neighboring states, and across the nation.  Along with generating money for the state, our parks also help support many other businesses, from small grocery stores, to souvenir shops selling locally produced keepsakes, to farm stands offering homegrown fruits and vegetables.

July 8, 2010
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Capitol: Utility Companies Clear-Cutting Of Trees Threatens Community Landscape

Since late last year, residents across Westchester County have witnessed, with disbelief, the disappearance of the natural landscape that has shielded homes and properties from exposure for decades. In the days following the removal of broad swaths of vegetation with chainsaws, the lush greenery that had always been there was gone and left behind were areas littered with debris and the stumps of trees.

July 7, 2010
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