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Green Party Nominates Candidate For CD11 Special Election

(GREEN TEAM NY) Congratulations to James Lane, who was nominated by the Green Party of New York State to run as the candidate in the upcoming special election for the open seat in the 11th Congressional District. Lane was...
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New Support For Bill To Ban Chemicals In Children’s Toys

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Legislators have re-introduced a bill to keep chemicals out of children’s toys. The Child-Safe Products Act died in the Senate last year, but it had an unusually large, bipartisan base of support, including more than 40...
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Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.5 Million In Sandy Relief Funding For Repairs To Fire Island Pines, Davis Park and Ocean Bay Park

(SENATOR SCHUMER’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $1.5 million in federal funding for the Town of Brookhaven to make permanent repairs to the concrete crossovers in Fire Island Pines, Davis Park...
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Governor Cuomo Announces NY Parks 2020 Plan To Modernize State Park System

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled a seven-point framework of the NY Parks 2020 Plan that will leverage approximately $900 million in public and private funding to modernize the State park system. NY Parks 2020...
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Gibson, Maloney Split On Effort To Aid Fracking Lawsuits

(POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL) Two local congressional representatives are divided on a legislative effort that would make it easier for property rights owners to sue because of New York’s announced ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick...
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MSNBC Ed Schultz Interviews Robert F. Kennedy Jr. About NY’s Constitution Pipeline And The Threats It Poses

(MSNBC) Fighting another pipeline. Pristine forests and waterways of central New York and Pennsylvania are at risk if the controversial Constitution pipeline is built. Ed Schultz and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discuss the potential impact.
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NY’s Reforming The Energy Vision Plan Recognized As 2015 Harvard Ash Bright Idea In Government

(NYSERDA) New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan has been recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, as part of its 2015 Bright Ideas program. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy...
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Sleet, Freezing Rain And More Snow In The Cards For This Week

(DNA INFO) Get your all-weather gear ready, the city’s about to get all weather. The next few days will bring a slushy mix of freezing rain, sleet and yes, more snow, meteorologists said Monday. Snowfall is expected to begin...
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Oil Train Shipments Expand Under Cuomo

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) The companies involved in shipping crude oil through New York State have dramatically expanded their operations in New York during Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first term, while spending nearly $1 million on lobbying efforts. Administration officials have...
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Will Heastie Champion Congestion Pricing?

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) If a new congestion pricing plan has any chance of avoiding the grim fate of its predecessor, it will need the backing of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. There’s really no way around it. The plan, from...
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Galef Calls For Independent Safety Analysis Of Indian Point

(PEEKSKILL DAILY VOICE) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D, I-Ossining) has called for an independent, in-depth safety analysis by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which she says must rescind approval of Spectra’s AIM Pipeline sitting at Indian Point. Spectra Energy has filed...
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Temperatures Could Reach 50 Degrees Next Week

(GOTHAMIST) Here’s a fun couple of facts to start off your weekend. Today is the 34th consecutive day with snow on the ground and the 31st straight day with at least six inches of snow cover as measured at...
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Here’s How NYC Says It’s Saving 800 Lives A Year By Cleaning Up The Air

(HUFFINGTON POST) It’s been a cold winter in New York City, which means a lot of building owners are turning up the heat — and pumping more pollutants into the city’s air. But the amount of black smoke billowing...
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Help Activists Get To Albany Next Month For An Anti Fracking Rally

(ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION) Please chip in to help fractivists get to Albany next month for a rally asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto fracked gas imports in New York. You’ve probably seen at least one zombie movie in your lifetime...
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Over 150 Columbia University Professors Call For Fossil Fuel Divestment

(COLUMBIA SPECTATOR) Over 150 Columbia University faculty members including history professor Eric Foner and political science department chair Page Fortna, in the past week have signed and circulated an open letter to President Bollinger and the board of trustees...
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Great Night In Albany For NYLCV PAC

(NYLCV) 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....
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High Line To Host Year-Long Art+Nature Exhibition, ‘Panorama’

(THE NEW YORK OBSERVER) Most of us think of the High Line as something of a weird, wonderful urban park. But Cecilia Alemani, the curator and director of High Line Art, hastens to correct us, because it is so...
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Williamsburg And Greenpoint Are Getting 53 New Citi Bike Stations This Year

(BROKELYN) Hey, remember Citi Bike? Probably not, since you’ve spent the entire winter cooped up inside, thinking about anything but riding a bike (you still can ride though). However, #summeriscoming, so it’s time to start thinking about getting outside...
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State Approves Westchester Power Experiment

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) A group of energy advocates in Westchester scored a significant victory Thursday when the state Public Service Commission gave the green light for a contested plan to let towns and cities in the downstate county purchase...
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State Regulators Approve Plan To Overhaul Energy Grid

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) The plan adopted by the Public Service Commission on Thursday sets in motion the Cuomo administration’s attempt to modernize the state’s energy grid. The Reforming Energy Vision plan will encourage the growth of wind and solar...
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New York REV Order Poised To Deliver More Clean Energy, A Stronger Grid & Lower Bills For New Yorkers

(NRDC) Yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission, which regulates New York’s utilities, took a bold and historic step toward making New York State’s electricity grid cleaner, more reliable and more efficient. The Commission issued the Track I order...
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Manhattan CB 3 Asks DOT For Protected Bikeway On Chrystie Street

(STREETS BLOG) In a unanimous 35-0 vote last night, Manhattan Community Board 3, which covers Chinatown and the Lower East Side, asked DOT to study a two-way protected bikeway for Chrystie Street, an important link to the Manhattan Bridge...
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Governor Cuomo Announces Reforms To Energy Utility Industry

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new reforms to the energy and utility industry, requiring the integration of energy efficiency, solar, wind, and other clean energy technologies onto the grid in order to reduce energy...
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League Of Conservation Voters Releases Their 2014 National Environmental Scorecard. Check Out NY’s Top House Scores!

(LCV) Since 1970, the National Environmental Scorecard has been providing objective, factual information about the most important environmental legislation considered and the corresponding voting records of all members of Congress. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about...
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City’s Climate Plan Not Progressive Enough For These Folks

(CRAINS) A coalition of unions and left-leaning activists is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to create a “People’s PlaNYC” before the Bloomberg-era sustainability plan expires in April. In an open letter to be released at a City Hall rally...