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Driving An Electric Car In NYC

(CITY ATLAS) New York’s shift to electric vehicles has been tentative so far (see City Atlas on the elusive electric taxi), but the de Blasio Administration has now committed to adding 2000 electrics to the city’s fleet, making for...
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New York City Will Never Win Its War Against Rats

(VICE) Just as no one knows how many angels there are in heaven, no one knows how many rats live in New York City. A couple years ago, a young doctoral candidate at Columbia calculated there were 2 million,...
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Governor Cuomo Announces State To Ensure Continued Benefits For Volunteers With 9/11-Related Illnesses

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the 2016-17 state budget includes $9 million to cover the cost of lost wages and health care expenses for volunteers who contracted illnesses at the World Trade Center site in...
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Cuomo Considers How To Help NY’s Ailing Nuclear Plants

(SYRACUSE) New York’s four nuclear plants, which generate more than a quarter of the state’s electricity, are going through turbulent times amid slumping power prices. And depending on how things play out, one or more could shut down entirely,...
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Congressional District 13 Candidate Forum

(NYLCV) On Thursday, April 28th, the New York League of Conservation Voters, Education Fund and  WE-ACT for Environmental Justice co-hosted a candidate forum at the Manhattan Pentecostal Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd with the New York Congressional...
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A New Plan To Address Long Island’s Nitrogen Crisis

(NYLCV) This week, NYLCV met with we met with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other representatives at the Southaven County Park to discuss one of the best proposed solutions to help mitigate Long Island’s growing nitrogen pollution problem.  In...
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The State Of New York Wildfire Season

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) Containing a massive wildfire, opening up a new section of the Erie Canalway Trail, and introducing cashless tolling for the Tappan Zee Bridge.
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Governor Cuomo Highlights Arbor Day With Tree Planting Event In Capital Region

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today celebrated Arbor Day and highlighted “Trees for Tributaries” – an initiative to foster the planting of more than 30,000 trees along tributaries, small creeks, and streams across the state. As part of...
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Governor Cuomo Announces Full Containment Of Sam’s Point Preserve Wildfire

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the wildfire in Sam’s Point Preserve in Ulster County has been fully contained. More than 2,000 acres were consumed during the course of the incident, and more than 300...
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Should NYC Ban Plastic Bags Or Charge For Them?

(WNYC) The world uses and throws away more than 1 trillion bags every year, according to New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier in his recent article, “The Bag Bill.” Should New York ban plastic bags, or make them less convenient? Frazier discusses his interview with...
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5 Borough Bike Tour Road Closures To Shut Down Streets Around City Sunday

(DNA INFO) The annual Five Boro Bike Tour kicks off Sunday morning — shutting down streets all over the city to vehicular traffic. To make room for the 40-mile route, portions of the FDR Drive, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and...
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Cutting A Path: Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane Finally Open

(BROOKLYN PAPER) It is the path of less resistance. The city finally opened a long-awaited dedicated bike lane over the Pulaski Bridge on Friday, delighting local cyclists who are sick of zigzagging around pedestrians on the dangerous old shared...
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Albany Activists To Block Crude Oil Trains As Part Of 350.org Campaign

(TIMES UNION) Anti-fossil fuel activists plan to block crude oil trains in Albany on May 14 as part of a network of events in early May aiming to bring attention to what organizers believe is a “moral urgency” to...
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Regulator Says Faulty Bolts At Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Most Ever Seen

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) The Indian Point nuclear center had more degraded bolts than any nuclear facility ever tested in the nation, according to the Nuclear Energy Commission. In all more than a quarter of the facility’s bolts, or 227...
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Grid Operator Warns Cuomo Energy Plan Could Raise Consumer Costs

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) The state’s independent grid operator is concerned the Cuomo administration’s primary method of achieving its goal of doubling New York’s renewable energy could prove costly for consumers. The state is developing a Clean Energy Standard that...
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Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane Opens To Cyclists Friday, DOT Says

(DNA INFO) Cyclists now have their own space on the Pulaski Bridge — its long-awaited bike lane officially opens Friday. The Pulaski connects Long Island City and Greenpoint, where cyclists previously had to share a lane with pedestrians to cross the...
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6 New Crosstown Bike Routes Under Consideration For The UES

(DNA INFO) The city is finally considering alternative crosstown bike lane routes after two months of pushback from residents about its original plan. The first set of bike routes proposed by the Department of Transportation in February and again in March...
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Interview With Stephen Ritz, Educator And Mentor

(NYC FOOD POLICY) Stephen Ritz is an educator in the South Bronx and the founder of the Green Bronx Machine. The self-proclaimed CEO, or Chief Eternal Optimist, of the Bronx, he is a tireless advocate for healthy eating in schools...
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Brooklyn Residents Create Solar Energy

(PIX 11) Do you know where your energy comes from? I’m not talking about the energy provider, like Con Edison, but the actual source of energy. Is it a power plant? A Solar panel? Don’t worry if you don’t...
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New York To Spend $150 Million On Clean Energy Projects

(BLOOMBERG) New York State will spend $150 million on large-scale clean energy projects as part of its goal to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030. The state will award contracts for as long as 20...
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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Backs Plastic-Bag Fee

(CRAINS) It’s tote-bag time, New York. On Thursday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito backed an effort to reduce plastic bag use and waste. Councilman Brad Lander, D-Brooklyn, championed the legislation, which will charge a nickel for each plastic or paper...
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Cyclists Press DOT For Night-Time Access To Queensboro Bridge

(STREETS BLOG) The Queensboro Bridge biking and walking path could be closed for construction on weeknights for months, cutting off access at times when many people still use it. Members of Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Committee have a solution: Allow cyclists and...
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Car-Free Day Doesn’t Mean Much Without New Policies To Reduce Traffic

(STREETS BLOG) New York City is America’s car-free capital, home to eight and half million people, most of whom get around without owning a car. When so many of us already live car-free, what more can come out of an event like...
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2016 Blizzard Did Break The Snowfall Record In New York City’s Central Park, Says Weather Service

(MASHABLE) Three months after a blizzard paralyzed the Mid-Atlantic region with more than two feet of snow, the National Weather Service (NWS) announced it is adjusting the snowfall total upward for New York City and downward for Newark, New...
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Governor Cuomo Announces $3 Million In Cooling Assistance For New Yorkers With Heat-Related Health Issues

(NYS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3 million is available to help New Yorkers who have medical conditions that can be aggravated by extreme heat to buy and install air conditioning. Eligible households can apply for...
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Red Hook’s Promised Flood Preparation Funds Shrinking

(DNA INFO) About a year after Red Hook was slammed by Superstorm Sandy, the neighborhood was promised a $200 million flood management system — but in recent months officials have been publicly pledging just $100 million, sparking concern from...
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Threatened Bushwick Community Garden Looks To Expand

(DNA INFO) While the fate of a beloved community garden on Eldert Street hangs in the balance, its caretakers are betting on its survival. The land at 315 Eldert St. was mysteriously sold to new owners last year, and while...
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Hudson River Park Wins Clearance From Corps Of Engineers

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) The Army Corps of Engineers has cleared the way for the creation of a 2.4-acre park on a pier in the Hudson River, with construction planned to begin as soon as this summer, officials said...
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Tell New York Legislators To Support NY Renews!

(ACTION NETWORK) Tell NY State Legislators to support the NYRenews platform for good jobs and healthy communities, with 100% clean and renewable energy. The impacts of climate change are hitting low-income communities and communities of color first and worst. Rachel...
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De Blasio’s Budget Has No Funding Increase For Street Safety Projects

(STREETS BLOG) Mayor de Blasio released his executive budget yesterday, and it does not include the increases for street safety projects that the City Council recommended earlier this month, says Transportation Alternatives. Without more funding for street redesigns, TA says, the administration won’t be...