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Illuminating The Plight Of Endangered Species, At The Empire State Building

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) Travis Threlkel was standing on the roof of a building on Fifth Avenue and 27th Street looking uptown at his canvas. It’s hard to miss: It’s the Empire State Building, and on Saturday evening he...
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Water Cooling Towers At Lincoln Medical And Mental Health Center And A Commercial Complex In The Bronx Test Positive For Legionnaires’ Disease

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Water cooling towers at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and a commercial complex in the Bronx have tested positive for the Legionnaires’ disease bacteria, Mayor de Blasio and other officials said Thursday in a briefing on the...
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De Blasio Position Assailed At Brooklyn Bridge Park Hearing

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) A controversial plan to build two towers inside Brooklyn Bridge Park pitted the de Blasio administration against elected officials and residents in an area where he has long enjoyed political support during a heated community meeting...
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An Hour-Long Special Report On NYC’s Water System

(CITY LIMITS) WNYC and City Limits teamed up last month for a series of radio stories and investigative articles on the city’s water system, that monument to wise planning and miracle of brilliant engineering that’s been so quietly reliable,...
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Toxic Graveyard: Onondaga Lake Muck Being Buried Forever In Camillus

(SYRACUSE) For three years, barges visible from I-690 dredged up enough contaminated muck from the bottom of Onondaga Lake to fill the Carrier Dome. That dredging ended in November, but the disposal of that 2.2 million cubic yards of...
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Designs Thread Sustainability Into NYC Climate Museum Ideas

(NEXT CITY) Picture a science museum. Do you see taxidermy dioramas and dinosaur skeletons amid dim lighting? Or a family-friendly center, with gaggles of children and messy, interactive exhibits? Now picture a museum about climate change. What does that...
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Statement From Mayor Bill De Blasio On Today’s Call For Climate Action

(MAYOR DE BLASIO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) “There’s no question that climate change is an existential threat to our city, our country, and our planet. We have a moral responsibility to take action however we can. Our people are demanding no...
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De Blasio Administration Provides Update On City’s Steps To Protect New Yorkers From Legionnaires’ Disease

(MAYOR DE BLASIO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett announced today that City health officials have identified and are overseeing the cleaning of two sources of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx....
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DiNapoli Questions Sandy Spending On Catering Company

(NY STATE OF POLITICS) A catering company contracted by the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs racked up $20,00 in costs deemed excessive by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office, according to a report released on Thursday. The Staten Island-based...
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Your Right To Know About Sewage Pollution

(ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES OF NEW YORK) Closed beaches. No fishing advisories. These are common occurrences, and frequently the result of contaminated waterways from sewage spills or storm driven overflows. In fact, each year tens of billions of gallons of untreated sewage...
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Senator Gillibrand: FERC’s Pipeline Oversight Is Lax

(DAILY STAR) With the region dealing with two major proposals for natural gas transmission systems, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that there should be “higher accountability and more disclosure” in the federal regulatory review of pipeline projects....
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More New Yorkers Are Switching To Solar

(CRAINS NEW YORK) For years, solar energy was scarcely used to power buildings in New York. But with higher electricity costs and more state incentives, many New Yorkers have moved to solar. 77,000 Number of New York state homes...
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Farmers Markets In New York City

(NYLCVEF) Summer is now in full swing, which means it is the perfect time to seek out those farmers markets or Greenmarkets for fresh, local food. Greenmarket is a GrowNYC program consisting of a network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets,...
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New York Stores: Stop Pumping Frigid Air Onto The Sidewalks

(NYLCV) On a sticky summer day, it is not unusual to see NYC stores keep their doors open to draw shoppers in with a cool blast of air. This is why New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs kicked...
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DEC Announces Second Arrest In Schenectady Illegal Dumping Case

(NYS DEC) Police made a second arrest in the illegal dumping of approximately 125 gallons of waste oil in the city of Schenectady following the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect, state Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Keith...
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1199 Urges Cuomo To Scuttle Seneca Lake Natural Gas Storage Facility

(NY STATE OF POLITICS) A key labor union on Wednesday approved a resolution urging the Cuomo administration to not allow the storage of liquid propane gas near Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. The union, 1199 SEIU, brings a new...
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Study: Sandy’s Impact Takes Toll On Residents’ Mental Health

(WNYC) A new study says the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy are taking a toll on the mental health of New Jersey residents impacted by the storm. The study was released Wednesday and says more than a quarter of...
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Governor Cuomo Announces Solar Energy To Power Belleayre, Gore And Whiteface Ski Centers

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the three state operated ski resorts at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface Mountain have committed to using solar power to operate their ski lift and snowmaking operations. “By using...
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Illuminating The Plight Of Endangered Species, At The Empire State Building

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) Travis Threlkel was standing on the roof of a building on Fifth Avenue and 27th Street looking uptown at his canvas. It’s hard to miss: It’s the Empire State Building, and on Saturday evening he...
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Governor Cuomo Advises New Yorkers To Stay Safe In Summer Heat

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to take precautions as high temperatures and humidity are being predicted throughout New York State this week. Temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees over the next...
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Yoga Practitioners Bend Over Backwards To Protect Seneca Lake; Ten Finger Lakes Residents Arrested In Civil Disobedience Blockade At Crestwood

(WE ARE SENECA LAKE) In an act of peaceful civil disobedience against gas storage in Seneca Lake salt caverns, ten Finger Lakes residents, including many practitioners of yoga, blockaded the north entrance of Crestwood Midstream on Route 14 just...
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City Council Member Mark Levine To DOT: The Time Is Now For Amsterdam Avenue Protected Bike Lane

(STREETS BLOG) City Council Member Mark Levine sent a letter today urging Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to put a protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue. Levine’s district encompasses much of the Upper West Side north of W. 95th Street....
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Are New York City’s Traffic Lights Going Green?

(NEW YORK ENVIRONMENT REPORT) By 2025, all of New York City’s traffic lights—along with its government buildings and possibly even public housing facilities—could be powered by wind, solar, or some other form of renewable, green energy. Earlier this month,...
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Legionnaires’ Disease Kills Two, Sickens 29 In New York City

(HUFFINGTON POST) Two people are dead and 29 others have been sickened after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. Since July 10, there have been 31 cases in total, according to...
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The Large, Delicate Role Of Children In New York Activism

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) They may be small, but their presence is widely felt in New York politics, their voices often heard in controversial policy fights over education, health care, energy, the environment and more. This year, not unlike others,...
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Bill Would End Religious Exemption For Vaccines

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) A state assemblyman has introduced a bill to toughen New York’s vaccination law by eliminating religious exemptions for parents seeking to enroll their children in school, setting up a debate within his own party over whether...
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Learning The Lessons Of Onondaga Lake

(SYRACUSE) People swimming in Onondaga Lake made a splash in the media. The improvement in water quality over the past 20 years is impressive considering the scale of this ecosystem restoration effort and that is something for us to...
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With Above Average Temperatures Expected Through Wednesday, Mayor De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Take Steps To Protect Themselves And Help Others Who May Ne At Risk For Heat Illness

(MAYOR DE BLASIO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) With heat indices expected to rise into the mid to high 90s through Wednesday, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory from noon today until 6PM on Wednesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio...
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E.P.A. Meets With State, City Leaders On Climate Change; Urged City To Prepare For Global Warming And Mitigate Its Hazards

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Federal, state and city officials met Tuesday morning in Manhattan to voice concerns on the threat of climate change and urge New York to use every tool they have to prepare for global warming and mitigate...
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Governors Island Adds To NYC’s Growing Urban Farm Scene

(AM NEW YORK) There’s a new destination for budding green thumbs. The Governors Island Teaching Garden is one of the latest urban farms to serve the NYC landscape, which already boasts farms on rooftops, in parks and at Randall’s...