(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris, a leading environmentalist throughout his career in the State Legislature, earned high marks on an environmental scorecard published by EPL/Environmental Advocates. Senator Gianaris, along with several of his fellow Senate Democrats, was rated highest among all members of the New York State Senate.
WEST SENECA - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) presented a donation of $1,072 this week on behalf of Sunnking, Inc. to ‘East Leads, a student leadership organization at West Seneca East High School, for their participation in an electronic waste recycling event held in partnership with Senator Gallivan’s office last June.
Members of Senator Gallivan’s staff and student volunteers from ‘East Leads joined with professionals from Sunnking, Inc. to collect and safely dispose of over 100,000 pounds of old, outdated or damaged electronic equipment in just five hours.
UTICA – State legislators who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have followed through on a promise made to flood victims by introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured the renovation project at OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility in Camillus on Monday November 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco saw how the facility transforms food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost. OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility generates 36,000 cubic yards of compost each year.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said New York City should be directed to fund an independent study on the issues related to the release of turbid water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek.
In order to protect NYC’s drinking water supply in the Ashokan Reservoir, the City’s Department of Environmental Protection releases up to 600 million gallons of highly turbid, muddy water per day from the reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek. Those releases have created many problems for Ulster County residents and business owners near the creek, including polluted water and an increased frequency of flooding. Critics also contend the releases have damaged local wildlife and recreational activities.
"After receiving calls from the community and having conversations with Commissioner Joe Martens from the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge, I am happy to see that the DEC has agreed to my request to extend the air quality monitoring process and add more air monitoring sites during the upcoming high-traffic summer months.
BRONX, NY– Following the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Senator Klein announced that nearly $3 million in FEMA funding has already flowed to service organizations and cultural institutions in the Bronx. Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature approved federal emergency funds allocated for Sandy relief. Throughout this process, Senator Klein worked to ensure that eligible organizations in his district received these funds to rebuild.
Joins Senator Kennedy and Growing Chorus Calling for Review of Cox's Fracking Advocacy While Sitting on Nobel Energy Board and Holding Millions in Stock
NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) to launch an investigation into State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox's apparent conflict of interest, as Cox travels the state advocating for hydrofracking while sitting on the board of -- and holding millions in stock in -- Nobel Energy, one of the nation's largest natural gas exploration companies.
CITY ISLAND, NY – Standing at the far end of City Island, elected officials, members of the City Island business community and the owners of Tony’s Pier, came together to celebrate its re-opening a year after a fire consumed the entire restaurant during the height of Superstorm Sandy.
At the press conference, Senator Jeff Klein, joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assemblyman Mike Benedetto and members of the City Island Chamber of Commerce highlighted the progress made following Superstorm Sandy, while noting there is more work to be done.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, who serves as Chairman of the Senate's Environmental Conservation Committee, announced today that after working with town officials in Orchard Park he has been able to secure $200,000 to help replace Green Lake Dam.
Green Lake Dam was recently reclassified by the state Department of Environmental Conservation from an intermediate hazard to a high hazard, which drew concerns from many residents and community stakeholders in Orchard Park.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I) announced today that Woodlawn State Beach Park will be receiving $75,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund to help with the Town of Hamburg’s pump station conversion project.
A broad partnership of stakeholders from environmental organizations, conservation groups, zoos and aquariums, museums, botanical gardens, and community garden organizations joined together today on the Buffalo waterfront to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The groups honored NYS Senator Mark Grisanti, who has become a champion of the EPF as chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.
The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) a 2013 "Eco-Star" for his work on environmental initiatives in Albany.
The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator George Maziarz (62nd Senate District) a 2013 “Eco-Star” for his work on environmental initiatives in Albany.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk was given the highest score in the State Senate by Environmental Advocates of New York, in recognition of her strong record of sponsoring and supporting legislation to protect New York’s environment.
“I am very proud to have received a perfect score on environmental legislation,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Protecting the State’s beautiful natural resources, as well as the health of our residents, is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly, and I thank EPL/Environmental Advocates for their recognition of my work in the Senate.”
Legislators’ scores are heavily influenced by their support for the Super Bills, the most pressing environmental priorities for New York.
This year, the environmental Super Bills included:
(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), along with 10 of his colleagues from the Senate Democratic conference, were ranked highest amongst State Senators on the annual EPL/Environmental Advocates Scorecard. The scorecard tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment. According to this year's rankings, 11 senators, including Serrano, voted correctly on all environmental bills that came up for a vote in the Senate Chamber.