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2011 NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

CCE works to advance legislation that will protect our natural environment and public health, while working to oppose legislation that will have an adverse impact on our shared environment. The New York State Legislative Session occupies the first six months of each year (January to June), although, as events arise, it can be extended into July, August, or later. Below is a list of proposed legislation that CCE will be working to advance in the 2011 New York State Legislative Session.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS:

New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs (S. 4178 – Maziarz / A. 5713 – Englebright)

The Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2011 would establish a baseline market for solar power in New York. It would provide a market commitment for solar power in New York, which will translate into jobs in New York. Solar energy represents less than 0.01% of New York’s electricity generation today.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Solar Industry Development
100 memos of support for the Solar Jobs Act of 2011 from industry, business, environmental, and public health organizations

Victory! Complete Streets (S. 1332 – Dilan / A. 1863 – Gantt)

Safe public access to streets in our cities and towns contributes to safer, healthier, and more livable communities. The legislation will require that bicycle and pedestrian ways be included in the planning and development of state, county, and local transportation facilities, plans, and programs.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Complete Streets

Global Warming Pollution Control Act (A.5346 – Sweeney)

Overwhelming scientific evidence indicates that human activities contribute to global climate change. Our climate is changing, adversely impacting New York’s economy, public health, environment, natural resources, and quality of life. This legislation will reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Global Warming Pollution Control Act

Home Rule Clarification (S. 3472 – Openheimer / A. 3245 – Lifton)

Clarifies that current local zoning law, and local zoning laws enacted in the future, will dictate where oil, gas, and solution mining is a permissible use, even with a regulatory program at the state level. The legislation affirms that local governments are able to utilize zoning ordinances to protect shared infrastructure, public health, and environmental quality from inherent risks of industrial oil and gas development in their communities.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Home Rule Clarification

Prohibit Commercial Taking of Northern and Lined Seahorses (A. 2439 – Englebright/ S. 2324 – LaValle )

The Seahorse is a staple and an integral part of the estuary ecosystem. Each year, millions of seahorses are collected alive in the wild and dried — some sold as traditional medicines, delicacies, and as curios in souvenir shops. Commercial taking is causing concern that wild populations are becoming depleted and even endangered, including the Lined Seahorse, which is common in waters surrounding Long Island.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Prohibiting the Commercial Taking of Northern and Lined Seahorses

Protection from Hydro-fracking Chemicals (S. 425 – Krueger / A. 2922 – Sweeney)

The legislation provides the public with the right to know what chemicals are used to hydro-frack in their communities and prohibits those chemicals that pose a risk to human health.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Protection from Hydro-Fracking Chemicals

Victory! Remote Net Metering (S. 3407 – Maziarz)

Amends the net metering law to allow "remote" metering in certain instances. Passage of remote net metering allows farmers, municipalities, and other non-residential customers to receive the benefits of net metering while supporting New York State’s clean energy goals. Remote net metering helps New Yorkers to invest in renewable energy systems that provide stable and predictable energy costs.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Remote Net Metering

Transferring Lands to the Oak Brush Plains Preserve (A. 3836 – Ramos/ S. 3734 – Johnson)

This bill would transfer 118 acres from the site formerly used as Pilgrim State Hospital into the Oak Brush Plains Preserve on Long Island. The Preserve is an important transition forest between the plains of Nassau County and the pine lands of eastern Long Island.
CCE's Memo of Support for Transferring Lands to the Oak Brush Plains Preserve

Uniform Treatment of Waste (A. 7013 – Sweeney / S. 4616 – Avella)

Currently, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation regulations exempt wastes from oil and gas exploration, extraction, development, and production from being regulated as hazardous waste. This legislation will ensure that waste from oil and gas activities that are hazardous are classified as such and, therefore, properly handled and disposed of to protect public health and the environment.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Uniform Treatment of Waste

Victory! Water Withdrawal Permitting Program (A. 5318-A – Sweeney / S. 3798 – Grisanti)

Water Withdrawal Permitting Program is an essential tenant of implementing the Great Lakes Compact. The legislation recognizes the importance of available water for aquatic ecosystems, high quality drinking water, agriculture, industry, and recreation.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Water Withdrawal Permitting Program

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