A quick wrap-up of what happened in New York this year during legislative session: Victories included a ban on shark fin sales, mercury thermostat collection program, buy local food procurement, and a $19 million increase in the Environmental Protection fund. Shark Fin Sale Ban – Even though shark finning is illegal in New York, you [...]
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.
Two new things to talk about in New York, but if you are following fracking you probably saw the news out of PA today on agreement between gas companies and some environmental groups on drilling standards. We’ll get to that another time as details unfold. Back to New York. As I said two things: New [...]
The Budget negotiations are wrapping up in Albany and as it comes down to the wire it is always a question of what will be traded for what. CCE and its allies have been working to grow the Environmental Protection Fund for the first time in 5 years. Unfortunately, during the recession the EPF started [...]
So what the frack is going on? March has been a busy month for fracking in New York and there is a lot to catch up on. In the past couple weeks the Assembly passed a moratorium, the Senate IDC introduced a moratorium, Siena released a new public opinion poll, the Senate Republicans are definitely pushing back on the [...]
Last night’s State of the Union address by President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to addressing the very real and serious problem of climate change. From Superstorm Sandy to Winter Storm Nemo, it is clear that we are in the middle of the effects of a warming world. It is long past due that our federal [...]
CCE has been waiting to find out if Governor Cuomo and the DEC would publish the final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement tomorrow, and then in a last minute blind side move from the Department of Health, Commissioner Shah released a letter that said he would need more time to complete the health review for [...]
The deadline for fracking decision by Governor Cuomo is fast approaching. The DEC must publish the final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on Feb. 13th if it is going to meet the deadlines for publishing the revised fracking regulations later in February. These are the final steps before a permitting program for fracking is put [...]