Issues: Environment

State Budget Includes Funding For The Catskill Park

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam)  announced today that they have secured $500,000 in this year’s state budget to promote economic growth and preservation measures for the Catskill Park.

Senators Amedore and Seward successfully fought for the funding after receiving a request from the Catskill Park Coalition.  

March 31, 2015
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Fight to Protect Our Drinking Water

New York City wants to reopen 23 dormant wells in Queens and pump approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island's drinking water supply while the City repairs its existing water infrastructure. Such a drastic increase could potentially cause major changes to our water supply, including saltwater intrusion, changes to the water table, and shifting flow patterns of both water and plumes.

Senator Martins is sponsoring legislation that would require an environmental review, with the State Department of Environmental Conservation acting as the lead agency, before the City could turn on the wells. This is an important level of oversight to ensure that science, not politics, determines whether the City's plan will harm our water supply.

March 27, 2015
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Senator Young Partners with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking, and Fredonia to Host "Spring Cleaning" E-recycling Event

Residents can dispose of old, unwanted electronics, free of charge

 

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) announced today that she will be partnering with e-recycler Sunnking, Time Warner Cable, and the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee to offer a free e-recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fredonia’s Services Complex, located on Ring Road on the Fredonia campus.

 

March 23, 2015
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Senator Serrano Hosts Episode of "Represent NYC" Discussing Earth Hour on MNN1

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano hosted an episode of "Represent NYC" on MNN1, a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), that gives local elected officials the opportunity to update the community about the issues that shape our city. The Senator, along with guest panel experts, Marcia Bystryn, President of New York League of Conservation Voters and Aurash Khawarzad, Policy Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, discussed issues surrounding climate change and specifically the global environmental action called Earth Hour. 

March 22, 2015
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Senator Serrano Fights for State Parks Funding

Senator Serrano Leads Sign-On Letter With Colleagues Urging the Governor & Legislative Leaders to Maintain Proposed Parks Funding

March 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 24, 2015  Room 801 LOB

March 24, 10:00 AM - 10:21 AM
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Statement from Sen. Krueger On EANY’s Brownfield Cleanup Program Analysis

New York -- Senator Liz Krueger issued the following statement today upon the release of an analysis by Environmental Advocates of New York of the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, titled Ripe for Reform.  The analysis reveals that the current program p

March 19, 2015
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March 19, 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

One Oar in the Water

     I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” She was usually describing somebody who was pursuing this or that bad idea and who just didn’t see things clearly. That’s why it’s the perfect title for this week’s message.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015
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March 16, 5:00 PM - 5:33 PM
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Area conservation students, leaders meet with Senator O'Mara in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) recently met with a conservation contingent from the Greater Southern Tier BOCES (GST BOCES), and local soil and water conservation leaders who were in Albany to promote their priority issues for 2015.

GST BOCES was represented by Don Mac Naughton, a Conservation instructor in the Career and Technical Education Department, and students Derrick Griffith and Zack Parker, who area also members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).

March 13, 2015
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Times Ledger: Senator Avella calls on DEC for probe into Lumber Liquidators

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last week to launch an investigation into levels of formaldehyde found in some Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators.

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Statement From Senator Tony Avella on DEC's Revised Mute Swan Eradication Plan

“After seeing the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Revised Draft Management Plan for the handling of mute swans, I immediately reached out to various animal rights groups to consult with them about the changes that were made. While I am glad that DEC has revisited its original inhumane plan to completely rid New York of more than 2,000 of these innocent birds, a complete review of the details in the updated plan will ultimately reveal whether more changes are needed.

March 11, 2015
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March 11, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle Reports Revised Draft Of Mute Swan Management Plan Released

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issued new draft for comments from public

March 11, 2015
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O'Mara addresses environmental groups in Albany ~ highlights conservation legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt ~ 'Responsible government, balanced decisions'

Albany, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, yesterday addressed the representatives of more than 100 environmental, conservation, recreational and community organizations who were at the Capitol to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to include a stronger state commitment to conservation funding in the new state budget.

March 10, 2015
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