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For immediate release:
Thursday, April 22, 2010
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Dereth Glance, 315-472-1339, dglance@citizenscampaign.org

PESTICIDE BAN ON SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS PASSES NYS SENATE - NOW GOES TO ASSEMBLY

Environmental and Public Health Advocates applaud passage of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act- S4983c

Albany, NY - Late in the evening on Tuesday, April 20th, with bipartisan support, the New York State Senate passed critical legislation to eliminate the use of toxic pesticides on playing fields and green spaces at our children’s schools.

"Children face many potential hazards at schools such as peer pressure, drugs, and bullying – unnecessary pesticide exposure should not be among them. Embracing the protection of our children's future is a true tribute to the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Congratulations to Senator Foley and Assemblyman Englebright as the sponsors of this bill," said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.


CCE applauds Senator Brian Foley for carrying this bill through the Senate legislative process. CCE is grateful to the following Senators who voted in favor of protecting NY’s children: Adams, Addabo, Alesi, Aubertine, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Hassell-Thompson, Huntley, C. Johnson, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, LaValle, McDonald, Montgomery, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Robach, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson and Valesky.


“This is an example of how the Senate should work” continued Esposito. “Republican and Democratic Senators joined together to stand up for the health and well-being of our children,” Esposito added.


Over 8,000 letters have been sent & over 9,500 signatures have been collected in favor of this commonsense legislation that protects children where they spend the most time – at school. The New York State Assembly is expected to consider this legislation shortly.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by dcoppola  4/22/10