Governor Expected to Sign Legislation Which Combats Sprawl and Promotes Environmentally Sound Infrastructure Development
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl. The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
“My bill establishes state smart growth public infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these criteria in making decisions regarding new projects,” noted Senator Oppenheimer. “It ensures that publicly funded construction projects use, maintain or improve existing infrastructure and protect natural resources. New construction projects will also have to adhere to smart growth principles.”
The legislation requires relevant state agencies to establish smart growth advisory committees that would consult with residents, environmental groups and other stakeholders before approving state infrastructure projects.Read more
It's curious to watch how the power of buzzword marketing pulls people into a concept. With our rush to "save the environment", are we overlooking a few details that, in the end, cause more harm than good at the most local level? The revenge of unintended consequences, so to speak.Read more
Article in the Westchester Herald, May 17 by Peggy Godfrey
Sustainability Consultant Debra Newborn explained that because New Rochelle was selected as one of the three cities to be part of the ICLEI pilot, the Draft GreenR 2010 Vision and Action for a Healthier Community Plan was created. Thirty three (33) volunteers were selected by City Manger Chuck Strome, comprised of experts and community leaders. The community workshop attracted 150 residents. She asked if this plan makes sense for the residents of New Rochelle and if there is a reasonable probability it can be accomplished. Although she felt most initiatives in the report would save money, she explained there is a need for a thorough cost analysis, especially for future allocations using grants and voluntary actions. She is looking forward to constructive suggestions. The public hearing was held on May 11 at New Rochelle City Hall.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) held a press conference in Albany this week to announce the Smart Growth Agenda for New York State. Joining with colleagues Senators Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo), along with numerous coalition groups, the Senator outlined her vision for more sustainable environmentally sound planning.
“There is growing concern that modern development practices have led to urban and suburban sprawl that is not serving the state’s long-term interests,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “Development without regard to the environment or to a particular community’s needs and desires makes no sense.”
“As a lifelong environmentalist, I believe strongly in smart growth principles. That’s why I am the lead sponsor of the smart growth policy bill, which establishes smart growth infrastructure criteria and obligates state agencies to fund public infrastructure projects in a manner consistent with those guidelines (S. 5560). It would also require the relevant agencies to consult with residents, environmental groups and other stakeholders before approving state infrastructure projects.”Read more
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While working on the Future Green/NR is there any room in the concept of dealing with the present New Rochelle, you know the New Rochelle that needs a bit of a spruce up a bit of care. This is another view of North off Lockwood, same place different garbage. May 1, 2010- Is this the Green future compost pile plan. I get it every home owner and business has a compost pile right in front of the entrance. Right out in the open for everyone to enjoy?
I am having trouble understanding why so much time is spent on the future of New Rochelle and why so little time is spent on the present New Rochelle. Who actually wants to live here? Develop here Green or no Green when the place is so neglected.
You would think you guys up @ City Hall would just get away from your computers and your Sustainable plans and put a bit of energy into what the City looks like down on the ground, before you are dealing with what might be or what should be in our future.
Quite a cast of characters wouldn't you say ? The superintendant of New Rochelle schools gets control of a sustainability board who coconspires with an organization largely backed by municipal unions , a questionable supposed charitable organization and foundation with an extreme far left agenda ?(read this interesting story from the NY Times)
Then , please read the stories about the connections / corruption / and political influence at the following site :
Are you kidding me ? Does New Rochelle really need to get in bed with this kind of "stuff" ? It's a sad commentary that we can't develop any of this without their "help" . In the old days they were called carpetbaggers .
New Rochelle should and could make themselves stand out from the rest without joining the "club" . It's the failed paradigm and inability to build a cooperative environment within the city that forces Comrade Bramson to seek help from outside sources .
NEW YORK- Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will sponsor a free home gardening program for residents of the 34th District at the New York Botanical Garden starting March 6th.
The program, now in its tenth year, includes four classes—Earth-Friendly Gardening Basics, Easy-Care Flower Gardens, Organic Herb and Vegetable Gardening and Low-Maintenance Landscaping.
This year, the program will focus on environmentally-friendly gardening and provide participants with free sunflower seeds as part of a Summer Sunflower Contest. A prize will be awarded to the grower of the sunflower with the largest diameter head.
Participants must register for the program in order to attend. Bronx and Westchester residents can expect to receive sign-up forms in their mailboxes starting February 18th. Constituents may also register at [email protected].
“I am pleased to invite all of my constituents to participate in this program. Whether a person is a gardening novice, interested in organic vegetables, or wants to be more eco-friendly, this program has something for everyone,” said Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westcheter).
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The New York Post (12/16/09) told how Mayor Bloomberg at the Climate Change Copenhagen Summit admitted that a survey of the air quality in some of New York City's neighborhoods showed that several of them are very polluted. Surprisingly, some of the wealthier areas of the city had more air pollution than Tottenville or Canarsie. Midtown, University Heights and Greenwich Village were among the most highly air-polluted areas. Causes of the pollution were listed as the combination of many high-rise buildings which burn heavy oil and the air pollutants from the high number of vehicles on the streets.
Westchester's air has not met federal standards for ozone and particulate matter. In New Rochelle recently constructed tall buildings and increased traffic in the downtown area are evident. Both create the potential for health problems for residents. Several weeks ago the New Rochelle City Council was presented with a proposal for a small EPA grant. Two areas were required to obtain the grant, so the Clean Air Act and air pollution and toxic substances were suggested. This grant could be used to make residents aware of the dangers of air pollution. Apparently the City is hesitant to apply for the grant because it was so competitive.Read more