Senator Ken LaValle has become a member of a newly formed environmental caucus comprised of New York State Legislators from both the Assembly and the Senate. The New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NYSCEL) will be a forum to consider legislative and policy issues related to preserving and protecting the environment and public health.
Albany, NY—Rosemary Zins, Vice President for Advancement at Queensborough Community College, presents Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Eastern Queens) with a poster designed by Queensborough Community College student Monica Leon, winner of a school-wide poster contest to promote a greener campus.
UTICA, 01/29/14 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-Schenectady), and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced senate passage of legislation to rewrite New York State’s disaster response playbook. The bills are in response to multiple floods and storm events throughout last summer, which caused an estimated $80 million in damage between June 26 and July 3 in the Mohawk Valley alone.
The legislative package includes:
• S.5931 (Seward): Enacts the “Mohawk Valley and Niagara county assessment relief act”
The third Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th.
During the Environmental Conservation hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, environmental officials and representatives of environmental advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.
These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.
On January 17th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended a press conference to show her support for the Hudson River Greenway Link Project. At the press conference, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced the completion of the Project study, and the next steps he plans to take in pursuit of the development of the “bicycle and pedestrian-friendly” pathway along the Hudson River which would connect the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway with the Old Croton Aqueduct in Yonkers. The goal of the pathway is to create “a continuous greenway for cyclists, pedestrians and commuters while “transforming Westchester waterfront, boosting recreation, and bringing more economic activity in the region”.
Rain, Snow or Shine Event Will Allow Residents To Conveniently Dispose of Unwanted Electronic Waste
MONROE COUNTY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) is joining with Sunnking Electronics Recycling, Time Warner Cable and Rush-Henrietta High School’s Natural Helpers student organization to host a free electronics recycling event Saturday, January 25, at Rush-Henrietta High School, 2034 Lehigh Station Rd. in Henrietta from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ERIE COUNTY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is joining with Sunnking Electronics Recycling, Time Warner Cable and the East Aurora Rotary to host a free electronics recycling event Saturday, January 11th, at the Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main Street in East Aurora from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“We all use electronics on a daily basis, and as technology progresses, we are replacing electronics more and more often. Many people do not realize that cell phones, laptops and other electronic items contain materials that can be hazardous to the environment,” said Senator Gallivan. “This e-waste recycling event provides a perfect opportunity for people to quickly and conveniently drop off their used and out-dated electronics to be properly recycled and disposed of.”
(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.