Issues: Environment

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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