Cuomo Announces Plastic Bag Ban for Entire State

Gov. Cuomo plans to ban single-use plastic bags statewide starting next year. Photo by Michael Kowalczyk/Creative Commons

Governor Cuomo introduced a bill today that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide, starting next year.

The bill exempts garment bags, trash bags and bags used to wrap food such as fruit and sliced meats

Cuomo’s proposal comes three months after a state task force laid out a range of options to address plastic-bag pollution, including a statewide ban or a small per-bag fee on consumers.

Source: Democrat and Chronicle // Full text of memo

Senate Blocks Ballast Bill That Would Have Weakened Great Lakes Protection

Zebra mussels, introduced to the Great Lakes through ballast discharge, have upended the Great Lakes ecosystem—fueling rampant and sometimes toxic algae growth, collapsing the food chain and bringing native fisheries down with it. Photo by D. Jude, Univ. of Michigan/Creative Commons.

A proposal to weaken protections against aquatic invaders in the Great Lakes has failed in the Senate as most Great Lakes senators stood firm against allowing the bill to even be considered. Continue reading “Senate Blocks Ballast Bill That Would Have Weakened Great Lakes Protection”

Billions of Bags, But Still No Action From Albany

Based on the 2017 Waste Characterization Study, there were about 71,000 tons of plastic bags in the waste stream; these bags are landfilled with the rest of the City’s waste at a cost of $12.1 million each year. Photo by MichaelisScientists/Creative Commons

The Citizens Budget Commission and many others have had enough: it’s time for New York City to act on imposing a plastic bag fee.  Continue reading “Billions of Bags, But Still No Action From Albany”

DiNapoli Urges 10 Companies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has written to 10 companies asking them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Dirk Duckhorn

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is requesting that some of the nation’s largest companies reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address financial risks associated with climate change. Continue reading “DiNapoli Urges 10 Companies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions”

State Allocates $24 Million to Offset Tax Impacts of Indian Point Closure

Indian Point Energy Center, the aging nuclear power plant in Westchester County, will fully close by 2021. Photo via Thomas.net

Included in New York’s recently approved 2018 budget is $24 million for The New York State Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Program. Continue reading “State Allocates $24 Million to Offset Tax Impacts of Indian Point Closure”

City Council Requests Additional Funds for Solar, Sewage

City Council has requested additional funds to deal with combined sewage overflows in Soundview Park. Photo via Riverdale Press

New York City Council has submitted its response to the fiscal 2019 preliminary budget, requesting additional capital funding for solar installations on city property and control plans for sewage overflow. Continue reading “City Council Requests Additional Funds for Solar, Sewage”