Issues: Environment

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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BONACIC INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO AUTHORIZE BUYOUTS OF FLOOD VICTIMS IN WAWARSING

November 16, 2009:  State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt.

November 17, 2009
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November 13, 2009
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2009 Mid Year Report on Receipts and Disbursements

November 5, 2009
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DEC Extends Public Comment Period For Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Regs

ONEONTA, 11/04/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) extension of the public comment period on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications. 

November 5, 2009
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Coney Island Elected Officials Announce $21 Million in Funding for Luna Park Mitchell-Lama

NEW YORK , NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, and Councilman Domenic Recchia announced a $21 million funding commitment for critical structural repairs at the Luna Park Housing Corporation, a 48-year-old City-administered Mitchell-Lama development in Coney Island .  As a condition for receiving these much-needed funds, Luna Park ’s co-op board has agreed to maintain the development’s affordability and remain in the Mitchell-Lama program for at least 20 years.  This will ensu

November 5, 2009
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