Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited East Hills Elementary School in Roslyn to congratulate 2nd grade student Emma Pnini on being chosen as a first place winner in the Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.
Emma’s entry focused on the importance of “reducing, reusing, and recycling” in order to protect the environment. As a first place winner, Emma’s poster was displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany along with those of the other winners from across the state.
New York City is planning to take 33 million gallons of water per day from Long Island's aquifers, which are the sole source of our drinking water, by reopening 52 shuttered wells in Queens whih have not been used for decades. Experts have raised concerns that the City's pumping will have a serious negative impact on Long Island's water supply. The City has not even performed a necessary environmental studey to determine what the impact of their plan would be for Nassau County residents.
Senator Martins has called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to require New York City to do a full analysis of the environmental impacts of its plan BEFORE turning on the wells.
New York City is at it again. It seems every time we turn around it’s slyly trying to solve its problems on the backs of suburban taxpayers. Unfortunately it makes perfect political sense for them to try to push off the city’s problems and bills on people who don’t vote in the city. The latest grab – our water – and I’m not kidding.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with volunteers in cleaning up Baxter’s Pond/Barbara Johnson Park and Preserve in Port Washington. The cleanup was organized by the Baxter’s Pond Foundation.
Senator Martins (second row center) is pictured with Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Baxter Estates Deputy Mayor Charles Comer, Baxter Estates Trustee Nora Haagenson, Baxter’s Pond Foundation President Nancy Comer, and volunteers from the Baxter’s Pond Foundation at the cleanup event.
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.
I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” She was usually describing somebody who was pursuing this or that bad idea and who just didn’t see things clearly. That’s why it’s the perfect title for this week’s message.
New York City wants to reopen 23 dormant wells in Queens and pump approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island's drinking water supply while the City repairs its existing water infrastructure. Such a drastic increase could potentially cause major changes to our water supply, including saltwater intrusion, changes to the water table, and shifting flow patterns of both water and plumes.
Senator Martins is sponsoring legislation that would require an environmental review, with the State Department of Environmental Conservation acting as the lead agency, before the City could turn on the wells. This is an important level of oversight to ensure that science, not politics, determines whether the City's plan will harm our water supply.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with members of Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, local officials, water providers, and community groups to discuss aquifer protection. The meeting was held in response to a plan put forth by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reopen 23 shuttered wells in Queens and draw approximately 33 million gallons of water a day from Long Island’s drinking water supply.