Issues: Environment

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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Meeting and Walk Through Regarding Con Edison Tree Cutting Areas

There will be a brief meeting at Town Hall starting at 2pm, to be immediately followed by a tour of the properties that have been impacted by the Con Ed tree clearing.

January 9, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Testimony Of State Senator Daniel Squadron Regarding Natural Gas Drilling In The New York City Watershed

My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 25th Senate District in the New York State Senate. My district includes Greenpoint,Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights,Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus in Brooklyn, and the neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village in Manhattan.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify today.

December 27, 2009
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Syracuse Post Standard: As NY mulls hydrofracking regulations, gas companies lease land in CNY watersheds

By Delen Goldberg / The Post-StandardDecember 28, 2009, 6:00AMThe Skaneateles Lake watershed, which supplies water to more than 200,000 people in the city of Syracuse, is a potential site for high volume hydrofracking drilling to capture natural gas. Oil and gas companies hold several hundred leases on land in the Skaneateles and Otisco Lake watersheds. Skaneateles, NY - You can’t dump trash, sewage or pesticides into Skaneateles Lake.It’s illegal to boat, swim or fish near water intake pipes in the pristine water.

December 27, 2009
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Our Town: The Dangers of Drilling

December 16, 2009

The state is currently collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow a certain type of natural gas drilling upstate, where the city gets its water supply. Now is the time for all New Yorkers—and especially Mayor Michael Bloomberg—to make their voices heard so this plan gets a much more in-depth evaluation before moving forward. Millions of dollars, and the purity of the city’s drinking water, may be on the line.

December 15, 2009
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Senate Collects Marcellus Shale Impact Data in Pennsylvania. Senator Thompson Hears Potential Benefits and Concerns From Businesses and Citizens Regarding Drilling

(Buffalo, NY) - Today, New York State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-parts of Erie and Niagara Counties), Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee was in Towanda and Dimock, Pennsylvania on a fact finding mission  regarding  hydro fracturing of the Marcellus Shale formation to collect natural gas.  Senator Thompson  first met with officials from Chesapeake Energy, a company with plans to drill in New York State.  He then traveled to Dimock, PA where he met  with citizens who were subjects of a NY Times article last week after experiencing

December 15, 2009
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Proper Protection Needed Before Drilling

The clock is ticking on the public comment period for those interested in registering their thoughts on revised natural gas drilling regulations.  The topic has understandably generated a great deal of interest as the regulations will likely govern potential drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation for the foreseeable future.

December 10, 2009
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Squadron Eyes City Takeover of Brooklyn Bridge Park, with Conditions

By Eliot Brown

For at least two years, the Bloomberg administration has been pushing--first privately, then publicly--to take over the governance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, offering to put more money into the new East River parkland in exchange for more control from the state.

Now, the move has earned the tentative support of the local state senator, Daniel Squadron, a former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer who rose to office in part by criticizing a plan that put residential and commercial development on the exterior of the new park, set below Brooklyn Heights.

December 7, 2009
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Mayor Bloomberg intensifying bid to wrest control of Brooklyn Bridge Park from state

BY Mike Mclaughlin and and Erin Durkin

Mayor Bloomberg is ramping up his bid to wrest control of Brooklyn Bridge Park from the state with a plan to kick in $55 million - and delay controversial plans to build luxury housing.

The city would commit $55 million right away to finish building the troubled waterfront park, which faces a $120 million funding gap and an uncertain future.

City Hall would eventually come up with the rest of the cash to finish the park, sources said. The proposal is set to be unveiled at a community meeting tonight.

December 7, 2009
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December 4, 2009
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November 30, 2009
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In My Opinion -- Hold off on Adirondack land purchases until further review

Op-ed by Senator Betty LittleTuesday, November 24, 2009

November 30, 2009
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State shouldn't buy land it can't afford

By SEN. BETTY LITTLEIn My Opinion

November 27, 2009 06:39 am

— "Just how is it that all of that public land ended up in the hands of private ownership?"

That is the question I was asked by a Senate colleague following a lengthy debate we had just finished on a bill specific to the Adirondack Park. I answered, because the people were there first, before the park was created and much of the land protected forever wild.

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November 30, 2009
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Judge rules against towns, counties on APA shoreline regs

Judge sides with munucipalities, however, on hunting cabins and subdivisions

By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer POSTED: November 25, 2009 

SARANAC LAKE - State Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller has ruled against nine counties and eight towns that attempted to overturn new state Adirondack Park Agency shoreline and wetland subdivision regulations, but he did rule in their favor on two other regulatory revisions.

November 30, 2009
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November 24, 2009
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Beach Cleanup 2009 Weighs In At 1700 Pounds!

Senator Owen H. Johnson's Annual Beach Cleanup Day at Robert Moses State Park on September 20, 2009 was a huge success!  Over 480 volunteers removed 1700 pounds of debris from the shoreline. 

The data collected at the Beach Cleanup was compiled by the American Littoral Society and sent to the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C. where it was analyzed and compared with data from around the world.  The information is ultimately used to develop national and international programs to control debris.

November 24, 2009
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Plan to open Pier 6 area at Brooklyn Bridge Park put on ice until spring

By Mike Mclaughlin

Feature article in The Daily News

Wait till next year.

A large section of Brooklyn Bridge Park - with a playground, beach volleyball courts and a dog run - that was scheduled to open by the end of the year won't be ready until spring, the Daily News has learned.

November 23, 2009
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Senator Thompson Passes Sustainable Energy Municipal Loan Program Legislation

For Immediate Release: November 20, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY – Today, November 20, 2009, New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) held a press conference regarding the passing of his sustainable energy municipal loan program legislation.  The press conference was held at 65 Court Street in Buffalo at 2:30 PM.

November 20, 2009
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