Issues: Environment

Senator Serrano Participates in Park Advocacy Day

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with local park advocates in Albany for Park Advocacy Day. Serrano kicked off the day by delivering remarks at the Parks Advocacy Day Legislative Breakfast. Senator Serrano, an avid user and supporter of our state parks, followed his remarks by meeting with Parks and Trails NY to discuss important issues effecting our Parks and ways we can better protect these natural resources for future generations.

March 3, 2015
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ARRC scores victory for solar energy as PSC kills job-killing regs

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) today issued a stay on new regulations it approved back in December which had lawmakers and clean energy advocates up in arms over new requirements which denied net metering credits to solar development projects currently underway.State Senator Terrence Murphy and his colleagues, Senators Joseph Griffo and George Amedore, recognizing the importance of large-scale solar projects, had sent a letter of opposition to the PSC regarding that provision of the PSC's order to raise net metering minimum caps and revision tariffs.

February 27, 2015
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SCARBOROUGH, SANDERS APPLAUD NEW YORK RISING COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF FLOOD RELIEF STUDY

Assemblyman William Scarborough and Senator James Sanders, Jr. congratulated the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee for the inclusion of a radical collection flood relief study in its recommendation for funding under the Idlewild Watershed Communities program. The study will be part of the $6 million allocated by the committee for community reconstruction and flood mitigation strategies as a result of tropical storm sandy.

February 26, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE ANNOUNCES EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST

Senator George Amedore today announced an Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide contest sponsored by the New York State Senate, that encourages student awareness of environmental issues. The theme of the contest is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and is open to students in grades K-6 throughout the 46th Senate district.“As we look forward to celebrating Earth Day in April, this poster contest is a way to encourage our young students to be creative and learn more about the importance of protecting and preserving our environment for future generations,” said Senator Amedore.

February 17, 2015
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Business Council Says Upstate Lags Behind in Business Growth

The Business Council of New York pointed out a handful of major challenges facing upstate businesses during a presentation hosted by USA Niagara. As a way to spark business development and create jobs in Western New York, Senator Ortt suggested extending the state’s brownfield remediation tax credit program, which expires at the end of this year. Read more online at Lockport Union-Sun & Journal’s website.  

February 13, 2015
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'Massive' recycling event in Syracuse nets 100 tons of TVs and electronics, shuts down interstate ramp

By Tim Knauss on February 02, 2015 at 3:03 PM, updated February 02, 2015 at 3:33 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Organizers of an electronics recycling event Saturday at the Syracuse DPW garage expected a big crowd, but they were shocked by how big it actually was. So many cars arrived loaded with old TVs, computers and other junk that Syracuse police were forced to close an exit ramp from Interstate 690 for four hours to prevent traffic from backing up on the highway.

Eight tractor-trailers were filled with estimated 100 tons of electronics during the event -- four times as much as was collected at a similar event in January 2014, said Cindy Jessop, of Sunnking Electronics Recycling, the company that recycles the items.

February 12, 2015
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ADDABBO ASSUMES NEW POSITION AS MEMBER OF SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Queens, NY (February 9, 2015)State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. today announced that he has been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, a post he described as “a great opportunity to work even harder to protect and conserve the precious natural resources in our state and within my district.” 

February 10, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Commends New Report on the Harmful Effects of Dumping Hydrofracking Waste in New York State

Sen. Hoylman Has Introduced Legislation to Keep Fracking Waste Out of New York

February 5, 2015
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Recycle old TVs and other electronics for free Saturday at Syracuse DPW

By Tim Knauss on January 30, 2015 at 2:47 PM, updated January 30, 2015 at 3:23 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Central New York residents can get rid of old TVs, computers, phones and other electronic equipment for free at a recycling event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Syracuse Department of Public Works, 1200 Canal St. Extension, off Midler Avenue.

Just drive into the DPW truck garage and volunteers will unload your unwanted items, said Jessica DeCerce, chief of staff for Sen. David Valesky, who is sponsoring the event together with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling.

February 2, 2015
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Senator O'Mara questions state DEC Commissioner Martens at today's legislative budget hearing

Albany, N.Y., January 28-At today's legislative budget hearing in Albany, Senator O'Mara questioned New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens on Governor Cuomo's budget proposals for environmental conservation.

O'Mara expressed some frustration over the DEC's decision making process.

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January 28, 2015
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O'Mara questions Cuomo budget proposals for environmental conservation, Southern Tier agriculture

Albany, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today joined many of his Senate and Assembly colleagues at a joint, public hearing to examine Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposals for environmental conservation, agriculture and energy.

January 28, 2015
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Another Record Year for Our Beloved State Parks

Attendance in Parks Increases by 1.9 Million – Exceeds 60 Million for Third Year in a Row 

January 28, 2015
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January 28, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Young Named Chair of Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Will Be an Active Member on Ten Senate Committees

 

 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) will again serve in multiple leadership positions as the Chairwoman for the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Senator Young, who serves as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, also will serve on the Senate’s Committees on Agriculture, Children and Family Services, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Health, Insurance, Rules, Transportation, and the Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.

 

January 26, 2015
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Hoylman Appointed Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

Albany - Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) was appointed to be the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee for the 2015 Legislative Session. Hoylman represents New York’s 27th Senate District, which includes Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen/Clinton, the Upper West Side, Midtown, Columbus Circle, Times Square and the East Village.

January 15, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Free Electronics Recycling Event

SYRACUSE – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting an electronics recycling event in partnership with Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Time Warner Cable on Saturday, January 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City of Syracuse Department of Public Works, 1200 Canal St. Extension (off Midler Ave.), Syracuse. Area residents can drop off old and unused electronics at no charge, and there is no limit to the number of items that may be dropped off.

January 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING TO CLEAN UP BROWNFIELD SITE IN ELMONT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing $275,000 in NY Works II funding to clean up and remediate a brownfield site in Elmont (546 Hempstead Turnpike). 

     “This funding benefits the environment, economy, and quality of life in Elmont. Cleaning up and remediating this site will allow it to be repurposed from an abandoned lot to something which will deliver economic development and new revenue for the Elmont community. I am pleased to support it,” said Senator Martins.

January 9, 2015
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Senator Serrano Fights for More Clean Fuel Conversions for Buildings in The Bronx

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Bronx elected officials and colleagues in a press conference calling for more clean fuel conversions for buildings in The Bronx. New regulations mandate that all buildings stop burning dirty, old-style #6 and #4 heating oils and convert to cleaner technology.

December 30, 2014
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Legislative Gazette: Stakeholders weigh in on fracking decision

After more than five years of waiting for a decision on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York, advocates on both sides of the argument have their answer — the Department of Health thinks it's too risky.

December 22, 2014
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