Issues: Environment

Parks Department Abruptly Cancels Central Park Tennis Bubble Plan

By Geoffrey Croft

Under mounting pressure, the Parks Department abruptly withdrew its plans yesterday to build four thirty-five foot high tennis bubbles in Central Park. The diesel powered tennis bubbles would have covered 26 tennis courts located between 93rd and 95th streets on the West side of the park for five months of the year. Additional time would have also be required for set up and break down, thereby cutting into existing outdoor use.

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May 25, 2010

Conference Of Black Senators Releases Their Signature Agenda Issues

Yesterday, the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS) unveiled their 2010 Signature Agenda issues and expressed their concerns regarding these particular bills not being brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Members of CBS truly believe that African American Communities have suffered long enough within the areas of Economic Development, Education, Health, Housing, Environment, Crime, Racism and Discrimination.

May 25, 2010

Senator Foley, Assemblyman Englebright Hail Signing of Landmark Pesticide Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D – Setauket) hailed the signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act by Governor Paterson. This law protects children and the environment by banning the use of harmful pesticides on school fields and playgrounds, as well as at daycare centers.

May 18, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: Brownfield Remediation in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental ConservationChair: Senator Antoine M. ThompsonPublic Meeting: Brownfield Remediation in New York StatePlace: Mahoney State Building, 65 Court Street, Buffalo, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.Contact: Bill Nowak (716) 854-3051Media Contact: Melanie Shorey (716) 854-8705ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

(Click pdf file to register for discussion)

June 4, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Senator Duane Celebrates the Opening of Piers 62 and 63 in Hudson River Park

On Monday morning, Senator Duane joined New York Governor David Paterson, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Lieber, Hudson River Park Trust President Connie Fishman and Trust Chairperson Diana Taylor to formally open Piers 62 and 63 in the Chelsea section of Hudson River Park.

May 17, 2010

Serrano Springs Into Action on It's My Park Day!

For the third consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in "It's My Park" day, an event sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the City Parks Foundation, and local organizations throughout the five boroughs.

May 15, 2010

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Antoine Thompson, Chair Off The Floor, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Room 332 CAP


Addendum E:  Please note time & location change: to off the floor in Majority Conference Room, Capitol Building Rm. 332.

May 18, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Senator Foley Ranked Top Environmental Senator

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) has been ranked as the top senator on Long Island when it comes to protecting our environment, according to a mid-term report card released by EPL/Environmental Advocates.

May 13, 2010

Serrano Bill to Locate Areas Harshly Impacted by Environmental Hazards Passes Senate

Albany, NY- A bill  introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) that  requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to periodically publish a list of areas in New York that are most adversely affected by existing environmental hazards was passed by the New York State Senate today.

May 11, 2010


Senator Addabbo stands with many concerned civic leaders and residents at CURES rally.

May 10, 2010

Editorial: APA board needs more balance

Glens Falls Post StarPosted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 10:58 pm

Another day. Another Adirondack Park Agency horror story.

First off, relax. This isn't another one of those, "Get rid of the APA" appeals. For the time being, at least, that seems like an impractical and unrealistic short-term goal.

What's not impractical or unrealistic is appointing a membership of the APA board that represents a greater balance between the concerns of environmentalists and those of property rights advocates and developmental interests.

May 6, 2010

Senate Passes Permanent "Power For Jobs"

Building upon its efforts to combat the unemployment crisis through innovative job creation and retention initiatives, the State Senate Majority passed legislation to create a permanent “Economic Benefit Power Program” to streamline and build on the success of ‘Power for Jobs’ and other successful low cost power for economic development programs.

May 4, 2010

Tree Cutting & Earth Day Legislation

Senator Stewart Cousins talks about the latest in the Con Edison "vegetative management" program along a main power line that runs through the her district. Residents have been upset with the matter the utility company has gone about cutting trees. The Senator has been very active on this issue and she has even introduced legislation to make things more fair. Also discussed, the Senate's Earth Day agenda, particularly ASC's "Goldenrod Envelope" bill that passed the Senate. Sen. Stewart-Cousins also talks about the roundtable discussion in Yonkers with U.S.

May 4, 2010

The Villager: Watershed moment on fracking? New well-review rule

By Albert Amateau

April 28, 2010

The New York City watershed, which supplies 90 percent of the city’s drinking water, will require special reviews for companies seeking state permits for high-volume, horizontal hydrofracture drilling for natural gas.

May 4, 2010

Protect Your Identity! Shred Your Records FREE!

Senator Robach encourages you to attend Shredding Day on Wednesday May 5th. Between 9:00a.m. until 2:00p.m., you can take advantage of free shredding services at Classified Shredding Services, located at 425 Paul Road. For all the details, click here.

May 3, 2010

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Celebrates Arbor Day!

In celebration of Arbor Day, the national holiday calling on citizens to plant and protect trees, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is urging local residents to provide feedback on ways electric utility providers can improve the current clear cutting methods around transmission power lines in the region. The Public Service Commission recently announced that it is conducting a review of the right of way (ROW) practices and has requested input from members of the community.

April 30, 2010
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