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Syracuse Mayor Advocates for Water and Infrastructure Funding

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-02-27 14:41.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie MinerSyracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner

More elected officials are calling on Governor Cuomo to allocate more funding for upgrading water systems and our aging infrastructure. This week, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner told legislators during a budget meeting that more than just loans would be needed to update the area's myriad infrastructure issues.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Water,Central & Western NY | Read More >

Great Night in Albany for NYLCV PAC

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-02-26 04:00.

Marcia Bystryn and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle.Marcia Bystryn and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle.The environment got a big boost on Wednesday night when elected officials, environmental advocates, and NYLCV supporters gathered in Albany to support our campaign work by raising money for our PAC.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Capital District | Read More >

NYC Completes Another Step Towards Achieving 80 by 50 Goal

Submitted by Susan Torres on Tue, 2015-02-24 15:58.
A greener skyline, coming soon?A greener skyline, coming soon?

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the launch of the Technical Working Group, part of his plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,New York City | Read More >

Councilmember Antonio Reynoso Backs Disposable Bag Bill

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-02-13 12:35.

The disposable bag ban NYLCV has been in support of got a huge proponent last week in Chair of the Sanitation Committee, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso. 

Reynoso, a Brooklyn Democrat, heads the committee that would need to pass the measure before it's sent to the full Council, so we are very excited to have him on board!

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Solid Waste,New York City | Read More >

Q&A with Albany County Legislator, Bryan Clenahan

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-02-13 11:43.

Bryan Clenahan is a life-long Albany County resident, having lived in Albany, Bethlehem, and currently Guilderland. He's been an Albany County Legislator since 2007, representing residents of the 30th District in Westmere. Bryan ClenahanBryan Clenahan

We're excited to highlight his work today as a way of thanking him for his hard work in getting the Toxic Free Toys Act passed in Albany - the first city in all of New York State to do so! Learn more about his work in our Q&A:

Assembly Committee Assignments Announced

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-02-06 12:11.
Assemblymember Steve EnglebrightAssemblymember Steve Englebright

The full list of Assembly leadership positions and committee chairs has been released. Steve Englebright, one of our endorsed candidates, has been appointed as the Environmental Conservation Chair.

Englebright, who serves Long Island's 4th district, has been a champion for the environment by promoting solar and wind use and helped pass the landmark BPA-free Children and Babies Act.  

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Long Island, Statewide | Read More >

Governor Cuomo's Proposed Budget Fails to Invest Enough in Clean Water

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-01-30 12:55.
Overflows are common with our outdated water system.Overflows are common with our outdated water system.

Working with our partners, the Adirondack Council, Environmental Advocates of New York, the New York Water Environment Association, and Riverkeeper, NYLCV is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to invest more in clean water projects for all of New York State.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Water,Statewide | Read More >

More Fare Hikes Coming for New York City Subway Riders

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.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Transportation,New York City | Read More >

Chairs Announced for Environmental Conservation Committee

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-01-23 12:05.
New York State Senate 2015New York State Senate 2015

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. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo Continues to Call for Steady Progress on Environment

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.Governor Cuomo during his State of the State speech.Governor Cuomo during his State of the State speech.


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