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Sarah Eckel

Sarah Eckel

Sarah is CCE’s Legislative & Policy Director and has worked for CCE since 2004. Sarah enjoys the range of issues from wetlands protection to hydro-fracking that keep her busy every week. Even though Sarah works out of CCE’s Syracuse office she can often be spotted in Albany and when the opportunity allows – somewhere in the Finger Lakes.

Sarah's Posts

New York Should Invest in its Ocean and Great Lakes

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New York State is currently in the middle of its budget negotiations (read: battle) and Governor Cuomo has put forth his proposal. He has thirty days to make amendments and then the Senate and Assembly will put forth their versions.  After the requisite back-and-forth, a final budget will be approved by the Legislature and signed […]

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Update: New York’s Sewage Right to Know Law

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In 2012 CCE secured you the right to know when raw sewage was released into the waters near you.  We’ve been working the NYS DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) to implement the law and get a system in place to notify you when those overflows occur.  The DEC recently announced that you could sign up […]

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New York State Budget Victories

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Once again the New York State budget has been delivered on time.  The 2014 budget season resulted in some hard-fought victories for CCE and I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you: $500,000 for the 2012 Sewage Right to Know law.  As you probably remember, CCE worked tirelessly to pass this law in […]

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CCE in Albany: Lobbying on the Budget

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Yesterday, CCE staff went to Albany to discuss our budget priorities with members of the New York State Assembly and Senate. I just wanted to take a minute to share some of CCE’s priorities with you, so you know what are fighting for in Albany during the budget process.   And just so you know where we […]

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Energy Policy & the State of the Union

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Last night the President made his fifth state of the union.  And the debate around energy policy was once again highlighted. The President made a strong statement about climate change, “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”  We wholeheartedly agree.  Additionally, the President challenged Congress to eliminate federal subsidies for fossil fuels! That […]

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Disposable Bags & the NYS Budget

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Over the last few decades, the issue of disposable bag pollution has become a global concern.  Plastic and paper bags have become ubiquitous, and are taking a toll on our environment and our economy.  According to the EPA, between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, and each of those […]

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New York State Budget Battle Begins

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Yesterday Governor Cuomo released his proposed Executive budget for FY 2014-15. The Governor has proposed to fund the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) at $157 million, which would be an increase of $4 million from last year’s adopted budget. Governor Cuomo’s proposal for an incremental increase to the NYS Environmental Protection Fund is a step […]

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