Issues: Environment

Beach Cleanup- Wantagh

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he is once again sponsoring a beach cleanup day at Jones Beach on September 21, 2013 from 8 am to 12 pm. All residents are welcome to participate in the program. 

Senator Fuschillo is sponsoring the event in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to keep our beaches and shores clean and prevent pollution from harming our oceans and marine life. Approximately one ton of garbage was removed through last year’s beach cleanup. 

September 21, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Senator Gianaris’ Bill to Protect Children from Sun Overexposure Becomes Law

(Albany, NY) Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by Senator Michael Gianaris and carried in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, which will increase cancer prevention and reduce the dangers of sun poisoning for children. The law will strengthen existing regulations regarding the application of sunscreen in schools and summer camps to ensure that children are able to apply sunscreen when spending time outside.

The New York State Department of Education and the Federal Food and Drug Administration include sunscreen on their list of over-the-counter drugs, previously requiring a note from a doctor before a child would be allowed to use it during school hours. Summer camps also follow these guidelines.

Understanding how important it is for children to protect themselves from sunburn and overexposure to the sun, Senator Gianaris’ newly passed law will only require a note from a parent.

“Our first responsibility is to protect our kids, and we fail to do that when illogical regulations force schools to put our children in danger. Our schools should be encouraging sunscreen use, not preventing it,” said Senator Gianaris. “I am pleased Governor Cuomo signed this common sense measure into law, allowing us to rest assured that our children will not be at risk when they play outside at school or at summer camp.”  

August 19, 2013

Senator Grisanti To Host Free Electronics Recycling Event In Hamburg

Environmental Conservation Committee
Chairman Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) will be hosting a free electronics recycling
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August 17, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Standing Together for the Palisades: U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, Senators Klein, Espaillat and Assemblyman Dinowitz Join NY and NJ Environmental Groups in Call for LG Electronics to Lower Planned Height of Building Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Following the recent decision by Bergen County Superior Court to uphold LG Electronics’ plan to construct a 143 foot building headquarters by the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, State Senator Jeff Klein, U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz joined representatives from the coalition group, Protect the Palisades, in calling for LG Electronics to lower the height of their planned construction.

A variance in the zoning law along the Palisades authorized LG Electronics to build above the 35 foot maximum height restriction. If constructed, the LG Electronics headquarters would pierce above the Palisades’ treeline, scarring an iconic landscape and setting a precedent for similar development.

August 15, 2013


Announcement Comes in the Wake of Discovery of EEE, West Nile Virus


In the wake of the discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile virus in Oswego County, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced “Tire Amnesty Day,” a free event that will be held on Saturday, August 24 to help people dispose of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The event—which is being funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces. 

August 14, 2013

Grisanti Announces $400,000 In Funding For Tonawanda

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced today that he has secured funding for the Town of Tonawanda that will be used for environmental, public safety and parks and recreation projects that will enhance and improve conditions in the town while accomplishing budgetary relief and increasing efficiency.

August 9, 2013

Volunteers being sought for local river projects on Saturday

The calls are going out for volunteers this Saturday, August 10th, to assist projects along a few local rivers.

In Cohocton, members of local Trout Unlimited Chapters and other volunteers will clear away vegetation from around the 800 trees that were planted along the Cohocton River in May as part of the Cohocton Watershed Shade Enhancement Project.  Read more HERE...

August 7, 2013


State Senator Patty Ritchie toured Goose Bay in Jefferson County today and announced she has secured a $25,000 grant to help the shoreline community address its Eurasian Milfoyle problem.

Senator Ritchie has been working with the Goose Bay Reclamation Corporation, a not-for-profit group composed of local residents, the Nature Conservancy, Jefferson County Legislator Phil Reed, Town of Alexandria Supervisor Dale Hunneyman and the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District to help residents.

“Goose Bay is one of the St. Lawrence River’s great scenic and natural resources,” said Senator Ritchie. “When residents came to me asking for my help, I felt it was imperative that we work together to begin addressing this problem that threatens a major St. Lawrence River ecosystem that includes the mouth of Cranberry Creek, one of the St. Lawrence River’s historic spawning areas.”

August 5, 2013

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Prohibit the Sale and Possession of Shark Fins

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will make it illegal to possess, sell, or distribute a shark fin in New York State.

“Every year, an estimated 73 million sharks are killed to supply the growing global demand for their fins,” Governor Cuomo said. “Not only is the process inhumane, but it also affects the natural balance of the oceanic ecosystem. With this new law, New York will be doing its part to help preserve this important species and maintain a stable environment for them.”

August 2, 2013


State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Sandy Pond recently, where dredging is taking place on a channel that, throughout the years, has been made nearly impassable for many boats, and made navigation hazardous for those that could traverse the channel.

Earlier this year, the Sandy Pond Channel Maintenance Association called on Senator Ritchie to help secure funding and also to support their request to make changes to an existing permit that would allow for mechanical dredging to be done.

Senator Ritchie was successful in securing $75,000 in state funding for the project, as well as the permit, which allowed for improved dredging, as well as excess sand to be used for dune restoration and beach nourishment.

August 2, 2013


Clarifications To Tax Law Will Ensure Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters Qualify For Existing Agriculture Property Tax Benefits

Wyoming County Is Currently Home To Six Digesters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S 4770-A –Gallivan) to ensure that anaerobic digesters, or bio-digesters, are properly classified as agricultural facilities for property tax assessment purposes.

August 2, 2013

Grisanti Has Six Bills Signed Into Law By Governor

After being highlighted as Western New York's most productive legislator by NYPIRG in early July, Senator Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) had six bills, of 18 that passed both houses, signed into law today.

NYPIRG released the results from a study of the 2013 New York State Legislative Session found that Sen. Grisanti had the most pieces of legislation pass both the Senate and the Assembly when compared to his colleagues from Western New York.

August 1, 2013

LaValle Carmans River Protection Bill Now Law

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney announced that their bill to add additional parcels to the Pine Barrens and protect the Carmans River has been signed into law by the Governor.

August 1, 2013

Kennedy, Higgins Address Damaging Impact of Climate Change on Buffalo Waterfront and Great Lakes Ecosystem

Canalside event highlights importance of President Obama’s call for climate action

BUFFALO, NY – Today, New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, BFLO Harbor Kayak Founder and Owner Jason Schwinger, and several other waterfront enthusiasts gathered for a press event on the Central Wharf at Canalside to highlight the severe impacts of extreme weather and climate change on the Great Lakes and New York’s many inland waterways. Today’s press event comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s historic action on climate change.

July 30, 2013

Senator Stavisky Applauds Enactment of New Shark Fin Ban

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing of legislation that makes the possession, sale or distribution of shark fin illegal in New York State.


July 29, 2013

Senator Stavisky, Congresswoman Meng, Councilwoman Koslowitz Speak Out to Save Community Garden

Elmhurst, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gathered at the Elmhurst Community Garden today to call for a delay of the property sale so that community members have an opportunity to conserve or relocate the garden, which is located on private property.

July 26, 2013

Grisanti-Sponsored Legislation That Prohibits The Sale, Possession And Distribution Of Shark Fins Signed Into Law

Buffalo legislator led push to make it illegal to
possess, sell or distribute shark fins in New

July 26, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Cuomo set to sign law banning shark fin trade in New York State

Shark fin soup goes back to the Ming Dynasty and is almost as hard to find in
Western New York as a Super Bowl trophy.

But the expensive Asian delicacy is about to go off menus across New York,
making environmentalists happy.

Legislation is now before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ban the sale, trade and
distribution of shark fins. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill as early as
today, according to advocates and lawmakers, who passed the measure with all but
one vote in the Senate and Assembly this spring.

July 26, 2013

LaValle Carmans River Protection Bill Sent to Governor

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that his bill to add additional parcels to the Pine Barrens and protect the Carmans River has been sent to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the bill on July 19 to sign or veto the measure.

July 23, 2013
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