Issues: Environment

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By FIB Senator Velmanette Montgomery, one of the few politicians to come out publicly to be for the EPA cleaning the Gowanus Canal (ie: she is PRO Superfund!) was there. While there, F.I.B heard from reliable political sources that Mayor ...

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October 22, 2009
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Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse

Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse By KATE GALBRAITH

New York State appears to be close to securing one of the nation’s first assembly plants for electric cars.

Reva, an electric car company based in Bangalore, India, plans to work with Bannon Automotive, a new electric car company in Freeport, N.Y., to assemble a three-door plug-in hatchback, the NXR, at a still-to-be-determined site near Syracuse.

October 21, 2009
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Sen. Foley Announces Major Funding for Mastic Beach Dredging

$50,000 State grant secured by Foley will help Mastic Beach Property Owners Association address dredging costs

October 19, 2009
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Green Jobs/Green New York Act (photo by Barbara Roux from the 2008 Environmental photo Contest)

The Green Jobs/Green New York Act, was signed into law establishing a program that will create green jobs and stimulate investment in weatherization and energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings. The program will be implemented by NYSERDA in the Spring of 2010 and will

October 14, 2009
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GREEN JOBS/GREEN NEW YORK BILL IN SYRACUSE

Program Will Assist Low-Income and Unemployed New Yorkers Train for Green Collar Jobs

Governor Paterson Launches New Website – GreenCareersNY.com – to Match Job Seekers with Green Training Opportunities

October 13, 2009
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West Side Spirit: City Pols Protest Upstate Drilling

By Dan Rivoli

October 7, 2009

When the state laid out rules for natural gas drilling upstate on Sept. 30, elected officials miles away in New York City said, “kill the drill.”

That is because drilling, believed to contaminate water, can be done near watersheds where city residents get their drinking water.

Borough President Scott Stringer, along with various city officials, called for the state to ban drilling near the city’s water source.

October 7, 2009
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The Villager: Politicians, enviro groups call for a drilling ban in watershed

By Albert Amateau

October 7, 2009

The state Department of Environmental Conservation last week issued an 809-page draft generic environmental impact statement, or G.E.I.S., proposing rules for extracting natural gas by hydraulic fracturing drilling in New York City’s Upstate watershed.

October 7, 2009
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Senator Marcellino Discusses Program to Expedite Cleanup of Superfunds

Senator Marcellino today joined with other  experts to discuss the benefits of allowing New York State Class 2 Superfund sites into a voluntary brownfield program.  Each panelist provided their view on the issue and the concerns that need to be addressed to prevent abuses of the system while also concentrating on a model that best cleans up contaminated sites for redevelopment.

October 2, 2009
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Water quality was focus of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Hearing

Senator Betty Little and Senator Antoine Thompson, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, listen to testimony at a water-quality hearing in Albany today.  The public hearing drew testimony from experts on many issues including sewage treatment, drinking water quality, storm water infrastructure, detection of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies and aquatic invasive species.

October 1, 2009
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DEC Unveils Proposed Gas Drilling Regulations

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released highly anticipated, long-awaited draft regulations for gas drilling throughout the Marcellus Shale.  Read more.

For anyone interested in more information, including an upcoming public comment period, details are available from DEC here.

October 1, 2009
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Seward Invites Public To Weigh In On Drilling

ONEONTA, 10/01/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications. 

October 1, 2009
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Natural Gas Drilling - Draft SGEIS

ONEONTA, 10/01/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.

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I. Introduction

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II. Description of Proposed Action

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III. Proposed SEQRA Review Process

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IV. Geology

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V. Natural Gas Development and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

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VI. Potential Environmental Impacts

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VII. Mitigation Measures

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VIII. Permit Process and Regulatory Coordination

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IX. Alternatives

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Glossary

October 1, 2009
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National Estuaries Day At APEC

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) joined members of the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) and local environmental enthusiasts at a day-long event to mark National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 26, 2009.  Established in 1988, National Estuaries Day seeks to foster awareness regarding the importance of estuaries and wetlands and the increased need to protect and preserve them throughout the country.

September 29, 2009
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Senator Thompson Addresses Water Quality For WNY Beaches

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) will be holding a press event shortly before the clean water hearing is set to begin.  The press event will take place tomorrow morning at the Erie County Historical Society at 25 Nottingham Terrace at 10:45 am.

September 28, 2009
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Senator Thompson Addresses Water Quality For WNY Beaches

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) will be holding a press event shortly before the clean water hearing is set to begin.  The press event will take place tomorrow morning at the Erie County Historical Society at 25 Nottingham Terrace at 10:45 am.

September 28, 2009
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Senator Thompson Addresses Water Quality For WNY Beaches

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) will be holding a press event shortly before the clean water hearing is set to begin.  The press event will take place tomorrow morning at the Erie County Historical Society at 25 Nottingham Terrace at 10:45 am.

September 28, 2009
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It's My Park! Day, Featuring "Seining: The River Wild"

Find out what lives in the East River and help clean the shoreline to create a healthy habitat for the variety of species that call it home!

October 17, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Recording of Senator Squadron's September 23rd community convention follow-up call

On September 23rd, Senator Squadron hosted a conference call to give an update on the goals and priorities outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention  held in March. The discussion focused on buses, subways, MTA funding, and MTA issues, pedestrian safety, street changes, bicycle lanes, traffic control, environmental sustainability, alternative energy and parks and open space.

The call was the first in a series of community convention update calls, all of which are open to the public.

September 24, 2009
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