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Below you will find the list of combined testimonies from all of the Joint Budget Hearings in both written and video formats. This page will be updated as the materials become available.

January 28, 2010
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Democracy Now: Rallies Held in Albany over Natural Gas Drilling

In Albany, New York, competing rallies were held on Monday over plans to allow for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in upstate New York. Supporters of the drilling say it will create jobs, but critics say the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” could contaminate the water supplies of New York City and other areas of the state. State Senator Tom Duane spoke out against the gas drilling.

January 26, 2010
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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Environmental Conservation

The  New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell, will hold the second joint budget hearing—focused on the environment—Tuesday, January 26th . The Legislature’s fiscal committees will be joined by members of both houses Environmental Conservation committees, where the Governor’s proposed budget will be discussed, including modifications necessary to protect New York’s environment and continue our state’s progress as a green energy and markets leader. 

January 25, 2010
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Call him 'Danny Appleseed'

State Senator Dan Squadron joined Chinatown community leaders last Friday to launch the month-long Chinatown Trees Initiative. Squadron is asking community groups, schools, P.T.A.'s, business groups and individual Chinatown residents to nominate locations where trees should be planted. He'll then work with the Parks Department's Million Trees Program to turn viable location proposals into planted trees A.S.A.P. Said Squadron at the kickoff at Pell and Mott Sts.

January 22, 2010
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January 22, 2010
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Senator Squadron Launches Chinatown Trees Initiative

Squadron Joins Community to Bring More Green Space to Chinatown

January 20, 2010
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Land purchase moratorium proposed

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:40 pm

Gov. David Paterson, in his state budget proposal on Tuesday, called for a one-year moratorium on forest preserve and open space acquisitions.

The moratorium would prohibit the state from buying land or conservation easements in the Adirondack Park and elsewhere in the state until at least April 2011.

To read more click HERE.

January 20, 2010
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Senator Valesky Calls for Responsible Budget Action and Long-Term Solutions

ALBANY, N.Y.—Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) echoed the call for long-term budget solutions made by Governor Paterson during his Executive Budget presentation today.

January 20, 2010
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Chinatown Trees Initiative

Dear Friend:

I write to invite you to participate in the Chinatown Trees Initiative, a project I have launched to bring more green space and fresh air to Chinatown. If you would like to participate, please use the attached form to recommend a location or multiple locations where you think Chinatown could use more trees. I will compile your suggestions and forward them to the New York City Parks Department, which will evaluate proposals and determine eligibility.

January 19, 2010
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January 20, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Alesi Encourages Local Citizens to Support the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts

"The thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the people of Haiti in the wake of this devastating tragedy.   New Yorkers have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of great need.

January 14, 2010
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ADDABBO’S FIRST FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY PICKS UP OVER 6 TONS!


Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Judy Close

718-738-1111  


ADDABBO’S FIRST FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY PICKS UP OVER 6 TONS!

Queens, NY, January 12, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.,

January 12, 2010
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Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Mission Statement

Mission Statement

More than 80 percent of New York State is made up of rural communities with around 3.3 million residents in 44 rural counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To address the needs, interests and concerns of these communities, the New York State Legislature established the Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources in 1982.

January 7, 2010
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PRESS REPUBLICAN EDITORIAL: Get our forests healthy again

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

— If you've ever driven up or down the Northway, you've probably noticed areas here and there where "blowdowns" have left rotting trees on the ground, suffocating new growth and providing nothing for wildlife.

Many people have wondered why the state hasn't contracted with loggers to get rid of this collection of forest-fire-threatening waste and getting those areas back into the ecological cycle.

To read more click HERE.

January 5, 2010
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Creating the Green Jobs/Green New York Program – Good for the Economy – Good for the Environment!

In October, the Green Jobs/Green New York Program was enacted into law.  This new initiative invests in a cleaner New York while at the same time creating job opportunities.  At a time when economic development is on life support, it is initiatives like this that are needed to stimulate our economy . 

January 4, 2010
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Protecting Our Lakes: The Finger Lakes Institute

Five years ago, the President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Mark Gearan and I worked hard to create a research and educational center where a concerted effort could be made to promote, protect and preserve the Finger Lakes and their expansive and sensitive watersheds.

We were inspired with a simple vision: to establish an institute that would provide our region’s policy makers, educators, residents, and students with the tools that would allow us to protect New York’s priceless natural resources known as the Finger Lakes.

December 30, 2009
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