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Flood Insurance Hikes Endanger NYC’s Shoreline, Advocates Say

(WNYC) For years, fiscal watchdogs have been complaining that flood insurance rates are so low that the government-run program needs repeated bailouts from taxpayers. Now that something is being done about that problem – higher premiums for new and...
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Demand PlaNYC Include Stronger Recycling Goals

(TRANSFORM DON’T TRASH NYC) Tell Mayor de Blasio: make recycling a bigger part of PlaNYC! The City should recycle 70% of its commercial waste in order to create good jobs and clean and safe communities for all New Yorkers....
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Budget Lays Framework For Environmental Initiatives

(EANY) Statement from Environmental Advocates of New York’s Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz: “This year’s state budget improves New York’s environment, particularly efforts on clean water infrastructure investments, brownfields reform, and protecting residents from the dangers of crude oil transshipment....
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NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan A High-Speed Tram To Move Pedestrians

(INHABITAT) Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with...
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A Budget Heavy On Environment Initiatives, Despite ‘Raid’

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Cuomo administration officials say the environmental initiatives and reforms included in this year’s budget are among the strongest in years. Included are hundreds of millions of dollars for pollution mitigation, funding for clean water infrastructure, millions...
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Schumer Urges Feds To Release Strongest Rule Possible To Toughen Tank Car Standards For Crude Oil Transportation By Rail

(SENATOR SCHUMER’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) For First Time, Senators from Six Key States—Led By Schumer—That See High Volume of Dangerous Oil Train Cars Roll Through Their Back Yards Every Day, Sign One Letter to OMB Demanding That The Feds Immediately...
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Upstate NY Park Wins “Best State Park” Award

(POLITICS ON THE HUDSON) After a pitched effort by the state Parks Department, an upstate New York park won a national poll as the best state park in the nation. Letchworth State Park in the Finger Lakes beat out...
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Syracuse University To Divest $1.18 Billion Endowment From Fossil Fuels

(THE GUARDIAN) Syracuse University will remove its $1.18bn (£800m) endowment from direct investments in fossil fuel companies, it announced on Tuesday. Syracuse is the biggest university in the world to have committed to divest from fossil fuels. It aims...
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This Map Of Brooklyn Toxic Spills Is Enthralling And Terrifying

(DNA INFO) It’s no secret that toxic spills are a big problem in Brooklyn, but a new map is putting the issue in clearer focus than ever. And we have to warn you, it’s absolutely terrifying. Brooklyn web developer...
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Mayor De Blasio, Senator Schumer Announce $3B In Federal Funds To Repair And Protect 33 Sandy-Damaged NYCHA Developments

(NYC.GOV) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced today approximately $3 billion in federal funding to repair and protect 33 public housing developments that sustained severe damage during Hurricane Sandy – the largest...
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East Village Explosion Might Have Followed Attempt To Hide Gas Siphoning

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) Law enforcement officials are investigating whether the explosion that destroyed three buildings and killed two men in the East Village last week resulted from an attempt to hide the unauthorized siphoning of natural gas for...
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Comptroller: City Failed To Manage Contractors In Sandy Storm Recovery

(THE NEW YORK OBSERVER) Hurricane Sandy victims went without relief while the city paid millions in disaster funds to contractors who botched application paperwork, rolled out shoddy software and filed incomplete work, an audit of the $1.7 billion Build it...
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Feds Delay Port Ambrose Decision In Face Of Public Opposition

(POPULAR RESISTANCE) Due to massive public opposition, questions regarding fiscal responsibility, air quality conformity issues, and pipeline depth deficiencies, the US Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), in a letter has asked that the “clock be stopped”, thus stalling the...
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Protect The Environment With New York Cares

(NEW YORK CARES) Environment lovers take their passion for nature to greener and greater heights by revitalizing and beautifying public green spaces, such as parks and gardens. Projects involve removing debris, pruning trees, planting flowers or trees, weeding, removing...
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Expected Benefits Of Renewed Brooklyn Sewage Station Include A Creek Less Foul

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) The jewel-like brick structure stands unmarked in a jumbled corner of Brooklyn, amid housing projects and plain rowhouses and elevated train tracks and the headquarters of the Aardvark Amusements carnival ride company. Soaring ornamented columns...
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New York Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

(UTICA OBSERVER DISPATCH) The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn’t allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. The Court of Appeals answered that question...
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Syracuse University Announces It Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

(THE DAILY ORANGE) Syracuse University announced Tuesday that it is formally divesting endowment funds from coal mining and other fossil fuel companies. SU will continue to seek investments through its endowment in companies that are focused on developing new...
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National Park Maintenance Backlog In N.Y. Tops $900M

(PRESS CONNECTS) Three national historic sites in Hyde Park have $69 million in deferred maintenance, according to a new report by the National Park Service. Statewide, the maintenance backlog at national park properties tops more than $900 million. The...
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NYLCV Recommendations And Recap From Our Organic And Waste Composting Forum

(NYLCV) Our third and final forum in our Dig Deep for a Greener New York policy forum series, focused on Organic Waste and Composting. Our panelists from a variety of organizations discussed different ways the city can make the most of composting and...
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Boulevard Of Life, Phase 1: DOT Will Add Protected Bike Lanes To Queens Blvd

(STREETS BLOG) A key section of Queens Boulevard will get protected bike lanes this summer, DOT announced today. The improvements are the first phase of a broader $100 million overhaul that will encompass seven miles of the notoriously dangerous street. Queens Boulevard...
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Council To Take Up Park Shadows

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) The shadows cast on parks by tall buildings are about to come under City Council scrutiny. On Tuesday, Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the parks committee, will introduce legislation that would create a task force to...
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Advocates Praise Energy Provisions For The Poor

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Low-income communities that historically bear the brunt of ill-conceived energy policy fared well in the first official ruling on the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision, advocates say. The R.E.V.’s first official phase, issued in February by...
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NYC’s Upcoming Subterranean Park Gets A Little Design Help From The Community

(GOOD) As buildable land for public works projects in NYC becomes scarce, those with a commitment to the communal have had to get creative with their thinking. Though the Highline is the golden child of recent developments—providing not just...
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Linda Rosenthal And Alex Beauchamp On GMO-Labeling

(CITY & STATE) Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal and Alex Beauchamp from Food and Water Watch discuss the push to pass a GMO-labeling bill in Albany, forcing all genetically-modified food to be labeled in stores, in a City & State...
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Activists Take Legal Swing At Constitution Pipeline Plan

(THE DAILY STAR) The citizens group seeking to derail the proposed Constitution Pipeline announced Monday that it has filed legal action in a federal appeals court to force federal regulators to rehear challenges to a certificate of public necessity...