The following is a Letter to the Editor Published in Our Town Newspaper.
To The Editor
It seems like Albany has been talking about clean energy and its potential to create jobs for a very long time. Fortunately, Senator Liz Krueger is doing something about it, and we’d like to thank her for real leadership on this issue. Right now, the state Legislature is examining a major initiative to revitalize New York’s economy by adding an impressive 5,000 megawatts of solar power capacity. As a co-sponsor of the so-called “New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act,” Senator Krueger is playing an important role, helping blaze the trail toward a greener, stronger New York.
A scorecard released on June 8 by EPL/Environmental Advocates indicates that the vast majority of New York's senators aren't doing enough to support legislation that would protect the environment.
The preliminary scorecard tracked state senator's voting records on bills this session that would have an effect on air, land and water quality, as well as wildlife and public health. A complete Voters' Guide scorecard, including Assembly member rankings, is set to be released this fall.
The rankings were divided on partisan lines, with Democrats scoring an average of 41 and Republicans at an average of 24.
New York is already gearing up for a hot summer, leading New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where the temperatures are cooler. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:
Use Energy Star Products
Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.
In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, the threat of nuclear disaster at Indian Point, a nuclear facility in our own backyard, deserves critical consideration. In 2013 Indian Point will undergo review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which will determine whether or not their operating license will be renewed, a critical moment in which the plant will either remain open or be closed.
Located just 25 miles north of New York City, Indian Point rests above the convergence of two fault lines. Alarmingly, a recent US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report revealed that Indian Point’s reactor 3 has the highest risk of earthquake damage of the 104 active nuclear plants.
KATONAH - With the Cuomo administration moving quickly to allow hydrofracking in parts of New York, maybe the industry doesn't think they need to court state senators.
No industry representatives chose to show up at a public hearing Tuesday chaired by a Republican Conservative, flanked by two progressive Democrats.
"Before we allow a multi-billion dollar industry that's on the gateway of New York's border to come in here and profit off of our land and air resources these questions better get answered," said Senator Greg Ball (R - Patterson).
(New York – NY) In an effort to ensure that East Side residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions on high volume hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh hosted a Speak Out on Hydrofracking on Wednesday, November 9th at Baruch College.
“The proposal to allow hydrofracking in the State of New York is one which could affect millions of residents throughout our state,” said Senator Liz Krueger. “Any risk to our clean water and air could affect everyone throughout the State. So it’s important that residents have as many opportunities as possible to voice their opinion, whether it be in support or opposition to the drilling.”
NEW YORK - A final hearing on proposals to lift a ban on natural gas drilling in New York state drew a crowd of protesters on Wednesday opposing further energy development in the state.
New York City hosted the last of four hearings to discuss the Department of Environmental Conservation's new rules that could open the state's borders next year to a controversial drilling technique known as fracking.
In his State of the State address in January, Governor Cuomo proposed a comprehensive Women’s Equality Act, bringing together a number of key measures that have failed to move in Albany in the past, including protecting a women's freedom of choice, achieving pay equity, stopping sexual harassment, and ending family status, source-of-income, and pregnancy discrimination.
This is a comprehensive and compelling agenda, but it needs your support. Anti-choice advocates have mobilized in opposition to the reproductive health provisions of the governor’s proposal, and many other aspects of the proposal have long been obstructed by the business lobby.
Please sign Sen. Krueger's petition supporting the Women's Equality Act agenda.Your support is vital to passing this long-overdue legislation and advancing the cause of equality in New York State.