EcoPolitics Daily: Offering an environmental angle on New York's political scene.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-01-23 15:42.
Last week, the Metropolitan Transit Authority Board voted to approve another round of fare and toll hikes. While New Yorkers bemoaned the MTA, the reality is there hasn't been a sustainable funding plan in place for years.
As riders continue to increase their contribution to the MTA transit system, Albany has yet to come up with solutions on how to fill the $15 billion budget cap staring down the next capital plan.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-01-23 12:05.
The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee is now fully staffed, and it includes some familiar faces to NYLCV. Senator Thomas O'Mara has been appointed chair of the committee and Senator Tony Avella has been appointed the Vice-Chair.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-01-21 04:00.
In his State of the State Speech, Governor Cuomo addressed clean energy, Department of Conservation (DEC) funding, and the need to protect our open spaces and waterways. NYLCV was excited to hear Cuomo address so many of the issues we believe are important to address in making New York a greener state and an energy leader for the country.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-01-16 10:50.
NYLCV is excited by the news that Senator Brad Hoylman, a Democrat representing New York's 27th Senate District, has been appointed as a ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-01-15 17:23.
What could be more important than the health of our waterways? The existing plan to maintain water levels on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River kills native plants, harms crucial wetlands, and has led to a decrease in wildlife in the area. All that could change with the implementation of Plan 2014.
The new plan, which is the result of a 14 year study, would allow greater fluctuation of water levels. Water levels currently are kept within a range of four and a half feet. The new plan would add about two inches to the upper range and eight inches to the lower range.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-01-09 14:32.
Come the summer those ubiquitous foam carry-out containers will no longer be welcome in New York City. On January 8th, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the ban of single-use Styrofoam containers starting July 1st of this year.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-01-08 17:42.
The New York City Department of Sanitation is hoping that more education leads to a greener city for all.
By giving apartment building workers such as cleaners, property maintenance workers, doormen, security officers, and building engineers more information about how to recycle, the Department of Sanitation hopes to divert more trash from landfills.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Mon, 2015-01-05 16:08.
Former Governor Mario Cuomo passed away on Thursday, January 1st at the age of 82. From the Hudson Valley to Long Island to the Adirondacks, many are remembering his important work for New York's environment.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Mon, 2015-01-05 14:40.
A new year means new rules for New Yorkers wanting to discard electronics. On January 1st a new law made it illegal to discard most electronics in the trash across the state.
According to nyc.gov, prohibited electronics include computers, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, and more. Residents who leave these items curbside may receive a summons.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2014-12-19 12:57.
Last year New York City became the largest city in America to implement a ban on single-use polystyrene - or Styrofoam - containers.
The ban would take effect in July 2015, unless industry makers can prove that Styrofoam can be recycled. The Sanitation Commissioner has until January 1, 2015 to decide whether or not to go forward with the ban.
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