Issues: Environment

Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Plan to Lower Costs for Homeowners & Businesses

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed a legislative package that will significantly reduce the costs of energy for homeowners and businesses statewide, putting money back into the pockets of families and making businesses more competitive. Not only is the adoption of energy efficiency programs beneficial economically but such programs help the State to achieve its environmental goals by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants, improving quality of life throughout the state. 

June 23, 2010
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Putting New York Back to Work: Senate Majority Passes Job Creation Package

10-point plan Creates Jobs, Grows Small Businesses & Attracts New Investments

The Senate Democratic Majority passed a comprehensive jobs package of 10 bills that will put New Yorkers back to work, create new jobs and spur economic growth for businesses across the state. The Majority’s jobs plan, which comes immediately after the Senate Majority passed Energizing New York, a permanent program to replace Power for Jobs, will:

June 23, 2010
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Senator Thompson Leading The Way In Child Advocacy. "Preserving the Future."

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) comes to the rescue of children in Western New York by sponsoring a bill that would ban the use of Bishpenol-A in products for children age three and under.

The bill (#S3296) includes childcare products such as pacifiers, baby bottles, baby bottle liners, cups, cup lids, straws and sippy cups.  These are products parents innocently expose their child to on a daily basis without knowing their possible risk.

June 23, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation Ensuring Safe Child Products

Tough measures on the manufacture and sale of child products containing BPA

June 22, 2010
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Legislation to Establish Environmental Fund Passes Senate

For Immediate Release:Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Contact:Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829 | dolivo.nys@gmail.com

Albany, NY- The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S7657), sponsored by José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), that establishes a New York City parks, trees, and urban forestry fund by means of a "check-off" on city income tax returns. This initiative will increase funding for the purposes of environmental conservation without making additional demands upon state funds.

June 22, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation Ensuring Safe Child Products

Tough measures on the manufacture and sale of child products containing BPA

June 22, 2010
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Statement On Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Legislation

ALBANY, 06/21/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today issued the following statement concerning legislation that would place a moratorium on drilling for natural gas:

June 22, 2010
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Thompson Pushes For Environmental Upgrades. "Calculating Emissions."

For Immediate Release June 21, 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) is working to make changes to the Environmental Conservation Law. The bill (#S5689) sponsored by Thompson would require every State agency to conduct  an annual environmental audit, which consist of calculating the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it generates.

June 21, 2010
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Thompson Targets Greenhouse Gas Emissions. "Reducing Numbers Is Crucial."

For Immediate Release  June 21, 2010  Contact: Ken Houston 716.854.8705 houston@senate.state.ny.us                                                                       &

June 21, 2010
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June 18, 2010
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Blueprint For A Smarter, Safer NY Infrastructure: Majority Legislative Package To Improve Quality Of Life For Communities Statewide, Enact Cost-Savings

As parts of its strategy to rebuild New York’s through cutting edge infrastructure and economic development, the Senate Democratic Majority developed and approved a blueprint (Complete Streets/Smart Growth) for safer roads and highways across the state, which will cut costs for municipalities and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. This 3-bill legislative package will help urban, rural and residential communities put into motion:

June 18, 2010
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Gulf Oil Spill Resolution

It was with deepest sympathy that I prepared a resolution to mark the Gulf Coast Oil Spillage.

June 18, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

Reducing Sulfur to Promote Environmentally Friendly Heating

June 17, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

June 17, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Antoine Thompson, Chair   Monday, June 14, 2010 Off the Floor

June 14, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Expand Net Metering for Anaerobic Digestion

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will double the allowable amount of electricity produced through anaerobic digestion, including by on-farm methane digesters, to be sold back to the grid.

June 9, 2010
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Senator Foley Protects Spanish-Speaking Residents from Pesticides

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) sponsored legislation (S5531-A), which passed the Senate yesterday, that would require notices relating to lawn pesticides to be printed in both English and Spanish in areas of the state with a significant number of Spanish-speaking residents.

June 8, 2010
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PROTECTING NEW YORKERS FROM HARMFUL PESTICIDES

Senate Passes Klein Bill Requiring Companies to Notify Residents 48-Hours Before Pesticide Spraying Occurs

 

June 7, 2010
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