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News about Environment:
Links to web sites, articles or reports that illuminate the most recent Environment news.
Who Will Be The Next City Planning Commissioner? (Crain's, May 20, 2013)
Battle Lines Drawn In Fight Over Indian Point (WNYC, May 20, 2013)
Sea Level Could Rise Five Feet In City By 2100 (Scientific American, May 15, 2013)
City Seeks Developers to Restore Staten Island Marsh (DNAinfo, May 14, 2013)
Indian Point Nuclear Plant Draws Mixed Grades (WNYC, May 14, 2013)
New Yorkâ€™s Energy Policy Is Hitting Some Bumps, Panelists Say (City Hall, May 8, 2013)
Resistance To Gowanus Canal Cleanup Plan (NY Times, May 6, 2013)
City to Get EPA Cash to Upgrade Water Plans In Areas Hit By Sandy (Lower Hudson Journal, May 3, 2013)
Appeals Court Says New York Towns Can Ban Fracking (Democrat and Chronicle, May 3, 2013)
City Expands Plastic Recycling (Crain's, Apr 25, 2013)
Conflict Claimed in Fracking Advisor (Albany Times Union, Apr 25, 2013)
At Mayoral Forum, A Focus On The Environment (NY Times, Apr 23, 2013)
City's Longest-Running Construction Project Reaches Milestone Ahead Of Schedule (Gotham Gazette, Apr 19, 2013)
City To Start Recycling More Plastics Soon, Officials Say (DNAinfo, Apr 9, 2013)
Gas Industry Group Files Complaint Against Celebrity Anti-Fracking Organization (Associated Press, Apr 1, 2013)
State Tells Investors That Climate Change May Hurt Its Finances (NY Times, Mar 27, 2013)
City Says it Erred By Not Telling Parents About PCB Leak (NY Times, Mar 8, 2013)
Senate Conference Proposes To Halt Fracking Consideration (Albany Times Union, Mar 6, 2013)
Cuomo Says He Wasn't About To OK Fracking (Associated Press, Mar 5, 2013)
Report Finds Toxins In Gravesend Bay, Boosts Opposition To Waste Transfer Station (Daily News, Mar 5, 2013)
$100,000 In Solar Equipment Swiped From Brooklyn Bridge Park (NY Post, Feb 27, 2013)
Fracking Rules To Miss Deadline; Review Lingers (Associated Press, Feb 27, 2013)
Quinn, Alone, Stands Firm On Upper East Side Waste Transfer Station (Capital, Feb 26, 2013)
‘Organic’ Dry Cleaners Can Serve as Barometer of Gentrification (NY Times, Feb 19, 2013)
Pennsylvania Gas Drilling Health Study Gets $1 Million Grant (Wall Street Journal, Feb 19, 2013)
Cuomo Defends Delay of Fracking Decision (Democrat and Chronicle, Feb 14, 2013)
City Eyeing Wider Use of Biodiesel (City Limits, Feb 13, 2013)
Cuomo Puts Off Decision on Drilling (NY Times, Feb 13, 2013)
Pension Fund Reaches Deal with Cabot Oil on Fracking Disclosure (Associated Press, Feb 6, 2013)
"Energy Highway” Seeks Indian Point Alternatives (City Hall, Jan 31, 2013)
From Salt Marshes to Sea Barriers, Preparing for the Next Sandy Defense (WNYC, Jan 30, 2013)
Environmentalists Like Cuomo's Budget (Associated Press, Jan 25, 2013)
Flooded Busnesses Set to Reopen Face Obstacles (NY Times, Jan 17, 2013)
As the Sandy Debris Accumulates, Some Question How Best to Handle it (WNYC, Jan 15, 2013)
Groups Ramp Up Opposition to Fracking (Wall Street Journal, Jan 11, 2013)
Cleaning the Beach After Sandy (NY Times, Jan 11, 2013)
After Hurricane, Staten Island Residents Push For Retreat From Coast (Capital, Jan 8, 2013)
$51B Sandy Relief Bill Needs Additional Votes To Pass House (Daily News, Jan 8, 2013)
Storm Panel Recommends Major Changes (NY Times, Jan 7, 2013)
Fracking Debate Roils Upstate County (NY Times, Jan 7, 2013)
Bans And Rules Muddy Prospects For Gas Drilling (NY Times, Jan 4, 2013)
Northeast Republicans Denounce Boehner For Sandy Relief Vote Delay (Washington Post, Jan 3, 2013)
Gas Drilling Called Safe In New York (NY Times, Jan 3, 2013)
US Senate Republicans To Propose $24B Sandy Aid (Wall Street Journal, Dec 20, 2012)
City Council to Fight Extreme Weather With Legislation (Gotham Gazette, Dec 19, 2012)
Leaking Cargo Tank Spills Oil Into a New York City Waterway (Daily News, Dec 18, 2012)
Teachers' Pensions To Fund Post-Sandy Infrastructure Improvements (Gotham Schools, Dec 14, 2012)
Solar Generators Power Sandy-Stricken Areas (WNYC, Dec 4, 2012)
DEC Releases New Proposed Fracking Regulations (Gotham Gazette, Nov 30, 2012)
Reconsidering Sewage Treatment Plants After Sandy (NY Times, Nov 30, 2012)
State Files for 90-day Extension on Fracking Rules (NY Post, Nov 28, 2012)
Development Near Gowanus Canal Moves Forward After Sandy (WNYC, Nov 26, 2012)
Will NYC Act to Block Future Storm Surges? (Associated Press, Nov 26, 2012)
City Testing New Line of Temporary Housing For Future Disasters (NY Times, Nov 23, 2012)
Immigrant Farm Workers, the Hidden Part of New York 's Local Food Movement (WNYC, Nov 21, 2012)
Drillers Impatient with Slow Pace of Fracking Review (WNYC, Nov 20, 2012)
A Much Criticized Pocket of the Rockaways, Built to Survive a Storm (NY Times, Nov 20, 2012)
State Names Expert To Review Health Effects Of Fracking (Pressconnects, Nov 16, 2012)
Sewage Leak in Rockaways (Daily News, Nov 15, 2012)
Sandy Caused as Much Erosion on Fire Island as the Past 30 Years (Wall Street Journal, Nov 7, 2012)
Activist Praises Cuomo for Climate Change Comments (Wall Street Journal, Nov 1, 2012)
Court Rules School Authorities Violated Environmental Law at Bronx School (Daily News, Oct 29, 2012)
Did the Sanitation Department Trash a Cost-Saving Garbage Solution? (NY World, Oct 17, 2012)
Fiscal Woes, Long-Held Fears Spur Waste-to-Energy Debate (City Limits, Oct 17, 2012)
The Death of Hybrid Taxis in New York (Capital, Oct 17, 2012)
Indian Point nuclear plant to get hearing on bid to renew license (NY Times, Oct 12, 2012)
Grand plan for toxic site in Brooklyn is scorned and celebrated (NY Times, Oct 9, 2012)
Cuomo’s fracking dilemma poses political risk beyond New York (Bloomberg, Oct 9, 2012)
Cuomo: 'No step back' in hydraulic fracking (Albany Times Union, Oct 3, 2012)
Judge rejects NY gas drilling lawsuit against feds (Associated Press, Sep 26, 2012)
New report says Indian Point closing would be costly (Albany Times Union, Sep 19, 2012)
Suit seeks records on government contact with energy industry on fracking (Albany Times Union, Sep 19, 2012)
In quest for river’s power, an underwater test spin (NY Times, Sep 12, 2012)
New York is lagging as seas and risks rise, critics warn (NY Times, Sep 11, 2012)
Two tornadoes hit NYC as severe weather lashes region (CNN.com, Sep 10, 2012)
Proposed Gas Pipeline in Rockaways Criticized (City Room, Aug 30, 2012)
Bloomberg says city needs more natural gas (Associated Press, Aug 28, 2012)
Indian Point shutdown could trigger blackouts: study (NY Post, Aug 27, 2012)
State politicians urge NYC to consider sea barriers to shield city (Associated Press, Aug 24, 2012)
Fracking Decision Looms (WNYC, Aug 23, 2012)
Merits of a power line from Quebec are debated (NY Times, Aug 20, 2012)
Superfund cleanup stirs troubled waters (NY Times, Aug 14, 2012)
Sewage puts Ironman swim in doubt (Wall Street Journal, Aug 10, 2012)
Cuomo signs bill requiring public notification of sewage spills in rivers, streams (Albany Times Union, Aug 10, 2012)
Hamptons beaches losing between one and two feet of shoreline a year (City Hall, Aug 8, 2012)
A tale of two brownfields (City Limits, Aug 8, 2012)
Waste storage becomes issue in Indian Point relicensing (WNYC, Aug 8, 2012)
Study of energy use shows some large buildings hog power (NY Times, Aug 3, 2012)
Residents try to take out trash district (Wall Street Journal, Aug 1, 2012)
Some fracking critics use bad science (Associated Press, Jul 23, 2012)
City and federal officials will jointly manage Jamaica Bay (NY Times, Jul 18, 2012)
City reservoirs turning bright green (NY World, Jul 12, 2012)
Rooftop agriculture grows in city (NY Times, Jul 12, 2012)
Waterfront gets day to call its own (MetroFocus, Jul 9, 2012)
Schumer sounds alarm on invasive weed threat to Finger Lakes (Democrat and Chronicle, Jul 5, 2012)
Clean energy startups (MetroFocus, Jul 3, 2012)
Costly brownfield cleanup plan benefiting affluent developers extended (Albany Times Union, Jul 2, 2012)
Mayor rigs air conditioning unit to SUV (NY Post, Jun 27, 2012)
State's shores rank 24th worst in nation for water quality (Daily News, Jun 27, 2012)
Watershed unhappy with city's reservoir releases (Associated Press, Jun 25, 2012)
Sea rise fastest on East Coast (Associated Press, Jun 25, 2012)
Environmental groups say they will fight Cuomo’s gas drilling plan (NY Times, Jun 20, 2012)
Opposition to power line plan creates unusual alliances (Wall Street Journal, Jun 19, 2012)
Clean energy bill unlikely to get voted on this session (Albany Times Union, Jun 19, 2012)
Cuomo would redistrict gas drilling to struggling areas (NY Times, Jun 14, 2012)
Bronx could get biggest rooftop farm in the world (Daily News, Jun 13, 2012)
Plan to extend natural gas pipeline through Rockaways gets chilly reception (Daily News, Jun 13, 2012)
Institute’s gas drilling report leads to claims of bias (NY Times, Jun 12, 2012)
New city message on food: buy local (Wall Street Journal, Jun 12, 2012)
Groups criticize EPA over Hudson cleanup (Albany Times Union, Jun 8, 2012)
New advice on eating fish from state waterways (Associated Press, Jun 4, 2012)
Eradication of six bird species in wetland next to JFK authorized (Daily News, May 29, 2012)
Assemblymember to sue over Gravesend waste transfer station (NY Post, May 29, 2012)
Drilling companies fighting property owners to retain leases (Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2012)
Upper East Side Trash Plan Price Frustrates Opponents (Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2012)
Indian Point criticized by community (Lower Hudson Journal, May 17, 2012)
Is Quebec Power Good for the State? (Albany Times Union, May 16, 2012)
Coalition Forms to Support Astoria Energy Plant’s Bid to Repower (Daily News, May 9, 2012)
Trash: Where it Goes, How it Gets There, and the City's Plans for Recycling (City Hall, May 8, 2012)
Greening the Empire State Building (Reuters, May 8, 2012)
Waste Water Becomes Focus of Fracking Debate (NY Times, May 4, 2012)
Region Exceeds Smog Standards: EPA (WNYC, May 2, 2012)
Bird Strikes Renew Opposition to Trash Station in Queens (Daily News, May 1, 2012)
Cuomo's Plan to Upgrade Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings (Albany Times Union, Apr 27, 2012)
Council Set to Encourage Greener Buildings With Zoning Changes (NY Times, Apr 27, 2012)
Push to Give Midsize Farms a Hub at a Bronx Market (NY Times, Apr 25, 2012)
Power Line from Quebec to Astoria Draws Mixed Reviews (Daily News, Apr 24, 2012)
Going Green Isn't Easy for Some Landlords (City Limits, Apr 23, 2012)
Report: New York to See Big Savings from Fuel Efficient Cars by 2025 (WNYC, Apr 20, 2012)
City Drops Fresh Kills From Waste to Energy Plan (Crain's, Apr 16, 2012)
City Has Tripled Solar Power Production, Mayor says (Bloomberg, Apr 10, 2012)
Traffic, Pollution, Accidents: Are Trucks to Blame? (City Limits, Apr 9, 2012)
Advocates Want Fairness in Siting of Waste Transfer Stations (Daily News, Apr 9, 2012)
Engineers Convene to Seek Ways to Strengthen State’s Power Grid (NY Times, Apr 5, 2012)
Flooded Queens Homes Won't See Relief Until 2019 (Daily News, Apr 3, 2012)
Indian Point Seeks Relicensing, Officials Call for Better Evacuation Plan (WNYC, Apr 3, 2012)
This Year May Become the City's Hottest on Record (Wall Street Journal, Apr 3, 2012)
New York's Electronic Waste Recycling Program Gets Mixed Grades (Associated Press, Apr 2, 2012)
Freakish Winter Leaves Reservoirs Thirsty (Albany Times Union, Mar 27, 2012)
Second Warmest City Winter on Record (WNYC, Mar 20, 2012)
Will New York City Get A Subway For Garbage? (Forbes, Mar 13, 2012)
Assembly Calls for Fracking Health Impact Study (Associated Press, Mar 13, 2012)
Concern Over Pests in Crops Due to Mild Winter (MetroFocus, Mar 12, 2012)
City Launches $12 Million Effort to Stop Sewer Overflows with Green Projects (Daily News, Mar 12, 2012)
New York Seeks Waste-to-Energy Proposals (NY Times, Mar 7, 2012)
Green Building in the Bronx Draws Professionals as Residents (Wall Street Journal, Mar 6, 2012)
Hydrofracking Opponents: No Streamlined Funding for Agencies (Albany Times Union, Mar 1, 2012)
Projects to Add Wind Power for City Gain Momentum (NY Times, Feb 29, 2012)
Judge’s Ruling Complicates Hydrofracking Issue (NY Times, Feb 23, 2012)
Wastewater a Key Issue in State's Hydro-Fracking Debate (Associated Press, Feb 21, 2012)
Groups Seek to Protect State Environmental Fund (Associated Press, Feb 14, 2012)
Cuts to State Environmental Programs (Associated Press, Feb 8, 2012)
Engines Idling Despite Law (CNN.com, Feb 7, 2012)
Agency Rejects Indian Point Fire Safety Plan (NY Times, Feb 2, 2012)
Bloomberg Eyes Wetlands As Part Of Long Term Strategy (WNYC, Feb 1, 2012)
No Energy Industry Backing for the Word 'Fracking' (Associated Press, Jan 27, 2012)
Regional Cap-and-Trade Cut Carbon Allowances (NY Times, Jan 27, 2012)
City Slow on Solar, Says Manhattan Borough President (Wall Street Journal, Jan 26, 2012)
Tidal-Energy Project in East River Wins License (Bloomberg, Jan 24, 2012)
Fracking Advocates Say Local Bans Are ‘Kiss of Death' (Bloomberg, Jan 18, 2012)
Overhaul of Possibly Futureless Javits Center to Cost $463 Million (NY Post, Jan 17, 2012)
New York Closes Heated Fracking Comment Period (Reuters, Jan 12, 2012)
Hydrofrackers Give Big Money to Legislators (Daily News, Jan 11, 2012)
Drilling Critics Divided Over Tough Regulations and Outright Ban (NY Times, Jan 10, 2012)
Council Passes Greener Carpet Rule (Crain's, Jan 6, 2012)
EPA Outlines Plans to Dredge Polluted Gowanus Canal (Daily News, Jan 4, 2012)
Upstate Official Complains of City's Attitude Toward Watershed (WNYC, Jan 3, 2012)
Court Rules NY Can Seek Full Cleanup of Superfund Sites (NY Times, Dec 16, 2011)
Commission Backs Zoning Changes That Promote Green Buildings (WNYC, Dec 12, 2011)
Anti-Fracking Activists Speak as City Spotlights Hazards to Water Supply (WNYC, Dec 1, 2011)
With Fracking Hearing Set for Today, City Will Raise Concerns About Earthquakes (WNYC, Nov 30, 2011)
Energy Companies Spend Millions to Persuade Cuomo to Back Gas Drilling (NY Times, Nov 26, 2011)
Can New York Afford to Shut Indian Point? (New York Magazine, Nov 9, 2011)
Upstate Gas Drilling Debate Gets Local (WNYC, Nov 3, 2011)
Pipeline Plan Stirs Debate on Both Sides of Hudson (NY Times, Oct 27, 2011)
New Tactics and Billions to Manage City Sewage (NY Times, Oct 20, 2011)
State Awards $60,000 in Clean Air Grants to 13 Projects (Associated Press, Oct 19, 2011)
Concerns Over Maintenance Costs for Bloomberg's Million Tree Initiative (NY Times, Oct 19, 2011)
Communities Pass Local Laws to Ban Fracking (MetroFocus, Sep 30, 2011)
State Can Replace Indian Point Reactors: Cuomo (Reuters, Sep 28, 2011)
State's New Shipping Plan Sparks International Feud (NPR, Sep 28, 2011)
Tax on Plastic Bags Could Aid State/s Parks (Albany Times Union, Sep 26, 2011)
Signing Leases for Drilling, and Now Having Regrets (NY Times, Sep 23, 2011)
Irene's NYC Price Tage to Top $55 Million (Crain's, Sep 21, 2011)
Hydrofracking Takes Center Stage in Weprin-Turner Race (Daily News, Sep 8, 2011)
State Proposes Throttle on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling (Bloomberg, Sep 8, 2011)
State Environment Department to Release Study of Gas Drilling (Albany Times Union, Sep 7, 2011)
Irene Leaves City Beaches Vulnerable to Future Storms (NY Times, Sep 2, 2011)
City Sewage Plan Faces Obstacles, Questions (City Limits, Aug 31, 2011)
Remediation Fund Could Mean Fracking is on the Way (MetroFocus, Aug 26, 2011)
Cleaner Harbors Leads to Increase in Marine Pests that Eat Wood Pilings (NY Times, Aug 24, 2011)
Methane from Fresh Kills Brings $12 Million a Year (Bloomberg, Aug 24, 2011)
City's Beaches Cleanest They've Been in Four Years (Daily News, Aug 23, 2011)
New York Subpoenas Energy Firms Over Natural Gas (NY Times, Aug 19, 2011)
Foreclosure Crisis Fades to Black and Brown (City Limits, Aug 18, 2011)
U.S. Can Try to End State's Fracking Lawsuit, Judge Rules (Bloomberg, Aug 12, 2011)
Government Panel: Fracking Chemicals Should be Revealed (Associated Press, Aug 11, 2011)
DiNapoli Proposes Gas Drillers Pay into Cleanup Fund (Wall Street Journal, Aug 10, 2011)
Contamination Still a Problem in the Hudson, Report Finds (MetroFocus, Aug 10, 2011)
New York Times vs. Natural Gas Industry (Politico, Aug 9, 2011)
State Comptroller to Propose Hydraulic Fracturing Fund (NY Times, Aug 9, 2011)
Bronx School, Found to be Contaminated, Will be Shut (Daily News, Aug 6, 2011)
Environmental Groups File Suit Over Gas Regulations (Associated Press, Aug 5, 2011)
Cuomo Signs Power Plant Siting Bill (Associated Press, Aug 5, 2011)
Farm on Stalled Construction Site Provides Food for Nearby Restaurant (Market Watch, Aug 4, 2011)
Indian Point May Enlist Giuliani as Defender (NY Times, Aug 4, 2011)
City to Chop Down Trees Around Jerome Park Reservoir (Riverdale Press, Aug 3, 2011)
Advocates, Government Step Up Efforts to Save Jamaica Bay (NY Times, Jul 31, 2011)
City Closes 4 Beaches After Sewage Discharge (NY Times, Jul 27, 2011)
City Closes Four Beaches (NY 1, Jul 26, 2011)
Sewage Spill Closes Beaches (Wall Street Journal, Jul 25, 2011)
Testing the Hudson River (NY Times, Jul 25, 2011)
Four Beaches on Sewage Alert (NY Post, Jul 22, 2011)
Cuomo Hails New Study About Economic Benefits of Fracking (NY Post, Jul 22, 2011)
Rules on Drill Construction Could be New Focus of Fracking Debate (Reuters, Jul 20, 2011)
Sen. Avella Criticizes Tree Program for Lack of Maintenance Funds (NY Post, Jul 19, 2011)
Drilling Rules Draw Outcry (NY Times, Jul 15, 2011)
If Indian Point Closes, Plenty of Challenges (NY Times, Jul 14, 2011)
City to Promote Electric Cars (Associated Press, Jul 13, 2011)
Solar Panels Still Rare, Despite Glow of $7 Power Bills (NY Times, Jul 12, 2011)
Exxon to be Part of Newtown Cleanup says EPA (Bloomberg, Jul 12, 2011)
Legal Questions Raised on State's Gas-Drilling Rules (Associated Press, Jul 12, 2011)
State Environmental Chief Touts Site Cleanup Progress (Associated Press, Jul 8, 2011)
Cuomo Disputes Report on Consequences of Closing Indian Point (WNYC, Jul 8, 2011)
Without Indian Point, Could New York City Keep the Lights On? (Reuters, Jul 8, 2011)
Report: Dirtier Air and Higher Costs Possible if Indian Point Closes (NY Times, Jul 7, 2011)
Agreement Reached to Protect Pouch Camp (Staten Island Advance, Jul 7, 2011)
Panel to Set Fracking Rules (Albany Times Union, Jul 5, 2011)
In Fight Against Trash Station, Upper East Side Cites Injustice (NY Times, Jul 1, 2011)
Energy Experts Urge Consumers to Pull the Plug (Associated Press, Jul 1, 2011)
New York Emerges as ‘Green City’ Leader (Wall Street Journal, Jul 1, 2011)
City To Spend $30 Million More to Remove PCBs From Schools (NY 1, Jun 29, 2011)
NY Subpoenas Hydrofracking Firms (Daily News, Jun 29, 2011)
Cuomo Takes Tough Stance on Nuclear Reactors (NY Times, Jun 29, 2011)
Gillibrand Pushes to Bring Green Manufacturing to City (Daily News, Jun 23, 2011)
Albany Mulls Altering Way State Permits Power Plants (NY Times, Jun 23, 2011)
City to Launch Solar Mapping Tool for Building Owners (Reuters, Jun 16, 2011)
Assembly Extends Ban on Natural Gas 'Fracking' (Reuters, Jun 7, 2011)
Feds Slam City's Cleanup Plan for Gowanus Site (NY Post, Jun 2, 2011)
State Sues Over Drilling Rules Plan (NY Times, Jun 1, 2011)
Trans Hudson Electric Cable Moves Forward Despite Critics (NY Times, May 30, 2011)
Con Ed Fights Solar Rules in New York That it Profits From in Jersey (Bloomberg, May 26, 2011)
Last Day to Smoke in Parks (NY Times, May 23, 2011)
New Yorkers Divided Over Hydrofracking (NY 1, May 18, 2011)
Artist Uses Fake Government Stickers to Raise Concern Over Water (Wall Street Journal, Apr 29, 2011)
Solar Landfill Plan Finds Eager Energy Developers (Reuters, Apr 29, 2011)
City Sends Compost to Delaware (Wall Street Journal, Apr 26, 2011)
The Upper East Side's Polluted Air (Our Town, Apr 24, 2011)
Hindus Threaten Jamaica Bay Habitat with Ceremonial Offerings (NY Times, Apr 22, 2011)
City Issues Rule to Ban Dirtiest Oils at Buildings (NY Times, Apr 22, 2011)
Sanitation Facility Funds Restored (Wall Street Journal, Apr 22, 2011)
Heating Oil Phase-Out Part of Clean-Air Plan (Associated Press, Apr 22, 2011)
Court Rejects Bid to Block Sanitation Garage (Daily News, Apr 15, 2011)
State Offers Incentives for Solar Powered Hot Water (Associated Press, Apr 14, 2011)
High Costs Linked to Gaps Around Air-Conditioners (NY Times, Apr 14, 2011)
Drilling Debate Over Natural Gas Heats Up (Daily News, Apr 13, 2011)
Bloomberg Says to Keep Air Conditioning Down (NY Post, Apr 3, 2011)
E-Waste Bill Takes Effect (NY Times, Apr 3, 2011)
Officials Push for Hybrid Cabs Again (WNYC, Mar 29, 2011)
Cobra Lost in Bronx Zoo (NY Times, Mar 29, 2011)
Cuomo Retreats, Says State Needs Indian Point Power Plant (Wall Street Journal, Mar 24, 2011)
Regulators Say Indian Point is Safe (Bloomberg, Mar 23, 2011)
Cuomo's Longtime Opposition to Indian Point (NY Times, Mar 23, 2011)
Cuomo Stops Sort of Call for Indian Point Shutdown (WNYC, Mar 23, 2011)
Nuclear Regulators to Make Indian Point a Top Priority (Reuters, Mar 23, 2011)
Bloomberg Administration Considers Waste-to-Energy Plants (Gotham Gazette, Mar 23, 2011)
State, Nuclear Agency to Review Possible Dangers from Indian Point (Associated Press, Mar 19, 2011)
Closing Nuclear Plants in the Tri-State Region (WNYC, Mar 15, 2011)
Could Gowanus Cleanup Turn Up Treasures? (NY Times, Mar 15, 2011)
City Reaches Deals on Electricity Line (NY Times, Mar 2, 2011)
Mayor Signs Bill Banning Smoking in Parks (NY 1, Feb 23, 2011)
Very High Levels of PCB Found at Bushwick School (NY Times, Feb 23, 2011)
City Reportedly Will Agree to Remove PCBs from Schools (Wall Street Journal, Feb 23, 2011)
Parents to Protest City Response to PCBs in Schools (Daily News, Feb 23, 2011)
Education Department Overspending on School Placement Technology (NY Times, Feb 18, 2011)
PCBs Found in Three More Schools (Wall Street Journal, Feb 15, 2011)
Sea Level Rise Could Turn New York Into Venice, Experts Warn (WNYC, Feb 11, 2011)
State's Greenest Apartment Building Avoids LEED Certification (Real Deal, Feb 11, 2011)
Barge Owner Fined $4 Million for Explosion that Killed Two Workers, Dumped Gasoline (Staten Island Advance, Feb 9, 2011)
Gowanus Canal Inquiry Underlines Severity of Pollution (NY Times, Feb 3, 2011)
Chemicals Used in Fracking May Violate Drinking Water Act, Investigators Say (NY Times, Feb 1, 2011)
PCBs Found in Brooklyn School (Wall Street Journal, Feb 1, 2011)
City Proposes Rules to End Use of Dirty Heating Oil (City Room, Jan 29, 2011)
Councilmember Reyna Seeks BQE Cover-Up for South Williamsburg (NY Post, Jan 26, 2011)
Bloomberg Backpedals on Bike Lanes (NY Post, Jan 25, 2011)
State Approves Queens Power Plant (Bloomberg, Jan 21, 2011)
Silver's Firm Goes After Fracking (NY Post, Jan 18, 2011)
Brooklyn and Queens Consider how to Spend Newtown Creek Settlement (NY Post, Jan 11, 2011)
The Hunt for PCBs in Two Schools (Wall Street Journal, Jan 11, 2011)
High PCB Levels Found in Staten Island School (Staten Island Advance, Jan 10, 2011)
Green Median Project to Divert Stormwater (Daily News, Jan 7, 2011)
EPA Issues Guidelines for Removing PCBs from Schools (Daily News, Dec 31, 2010)
EPA Presses City on Removal of PCBs from Schools (NY Times, Dec 22, 2010)
Cuomo to Wait on Hydrofracking Bill (NY Post, Dec 17, 2010)
New Round of Comments on Drilling (NY Times, Dec 14, 2010)
Paterson Order Allows for Some Drilling (Albany Times Union, Dec 12, 2010)
City Delays Cleanup of PCBs at Schools (Wall Street Journal, Dec 8, 2010)
Paterson Considers Fracking Bill (NY Times, Dec 1, 2010)
Bloomberg Asks For Ideas to Make the City More Green (New York Construction, Nov 28, 2010)
City to Build New Water Tunnel (NY Times, Nov 21, 2010)
Exxon Mobil Agrees to Multimillion Dollar Clean-up of Greenpoint (WNYC, Nov 18, 2010)
As Bloomberg Fought Sodas, Education Nominee Sat on Coke Board (NY Times, Nov 17, 2010)
Paterson Releases Plan to Sharply Cut Greenhouse Gases (NY Times, Nov 10, 2010)
City Agrees to Provide $10 Million for Environmental Projects in Greenpoint (NY Post, Nov 5, 2010)
Fuel Cells to Power World Trade Center (Wall Street Journal, Nov 1, 2010)
Clash Over Paterson's Superfund Comments (Albany Times Union, Oct 31, 2010)
City Gets Money to Look at Possible Post-Sheridan Future (WNYC, Oct 21, 2010)
State Environment Department Warns Cuts Could Cripple Its Work (Albany Times Union, Oct 19, 2010)
Over a Million Square Feet of White Roofs (WNYC, Oct 14, 2010)
Goose Kill Zones Expand (NY Post, Oct 5, 2010)
Newtown Creek Named Superfund Site (NY Times, Sep 28, 2010)
Newtown Creek Expected to be Named Superfund Site (Brooklyn Papers, Sep 27, 2010)
City's Pipes Ready to Blow? (NY Post, Sep 20, 2010)
Staten Island Calls for Environmental Justice (Staten Island Advance, Sep 20, 2010)
New York's Really Wild Side (New York Magazine, Sep 15, 2010)
New Rules Preserve Gardens (Daily News, Sep 14, 2010)
Earl Swirls Toward the Seaboard (Daily News, Sep 3, 2010)
Hurricane Heads to New York (NY Post, Sep 3, 2010)
New Yorkers Brace for Hurricane (Wall Street Journal, Sep 3, 2010)
New Yorkers Deal with Hurricane Threat (NY Times, Sep 3, 2010)
Parents Demand Schools be Tested for PCBs (Daily News, Sep 2, 2010)
This Summer Hottest on Record (NY Times, Sep 1, 2010)
Natural Gas Pipeline Stirs Opposition (Wall Street Journal, Aug 26, 2010)
Water Use Prompts Debate at Indian Point (NY Times, Aug 23, 2010)
Police Debut Green Cruisers (NY Post, Aug 19, 2010)
Wind Turbines Off and On Shore (NY Times, Aug 16, 2010)
EPA Delays Gas Drilling (Associated Press, Aug 11, 2010)
Housing Authority Spends Thousands on Portable Boilers (Daily News, Aug 6, 2010)
Crunch Hits Open Space Fund (Wall Street Journal, Aug 6, 2010)
City to Aid Cleanup of Contaminated Properties (Associated Press, Aug 6, 2010)
City in Pact to Expedite Cleanup of Brownfield Sites (Wall Street Journal, Aug 6, 2010)
City Tackles Brownfields Cleanup (NY Times, Aug 6, 2010)
Drilling Moratorium Passes Senate (Associated Press, Aug 5, 2010)
A Local Oil Spill (NY Times, Aug 4, 2010)
Council Approves Environmental Bills, Two Major Projects (Gotham Gazette, Jul 30, 2010)
Federal Appeals Court Blocks Bloomberg Plan for Hybrid Taxis (NY Times, Jul 28, 2010)
City Wants Indian Point to Stay Open (WNYC, Jul 20, 2010)
City Unveils First Electric Car Charging Station (Daily News, Jul 15, 2010)
Fisherman Paradise Becomes Scientists' Too (NY Times, Jul 13, 2010)
Water Data Goes Online (Wall Street Journal, Jul 13, 2010)
Stores Leak Cold Air Despite City (am New York, Jul 8, 2010)
Law Would Require Cleaner Heating Oil (NY Times, Jun 24, 2010)
Teens Flock to Central Park (Wall Street Journal, Jun 20, 2010)
State Mulling Lawsuit Against BP over Pension Losses (Daily News, Jun 18, 2010)
State Pension Fund Considering Suit Against BP (Wall Street Journal, Jun 18, 2010)
Northeast Politicians Concerned About BP Oil Reaching Our Shores (WNYC, Jun 13, 2010)
Vandals Strike BP Gas Stations (Daily News, Jun 9, 2010)
State Adopts Law for Recycling E-Waste (Associated Press, Jun 8, 2010)
State Enacts E-Waste Law (Associated Press, Jun 6, 2010)
Oil Spill in Bronx River (NY Post, Jun 4, 2010)
Lights Kept on in Closed Subway Stations (am New York, May 18, 2010)
'Wrong-Way' Garbage Trucks Subject of Complaints (NY Post, May 8, 2010)
Debate Over Wetlans Stall Fix Up of Ridgewood Reservoir (Daily News, May 7, 2010)
EPA Ripped Over Schools PCB Testing (Daily News, May 5, 2010)
Debate Continues Over Natural Gas Drilling in State (NY 1, May 3, 2010)
Chinatown Needs a Housekeeper (Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2010)
Mixed Results in Brooklyn Green Cart Push (Daily News, Apr 27, 2010)
State Blocks Gas Drilling in City Watershed -- for Now (Daily News, Apr 24, 2010)
Many 'Open' Playgrounds Remain Closed to Kids (Daily News, Apr 18, 2010)
Alewife Herring Found in Bronx River (Daily News, Apr 14, 2010)
Quinn Looks to Expand Recycling (NY Times, Apr 12, 2010)
State Takes on Invasive Species (Albany Times Union, Apr 9, 2010)
Brownfield Tax Credits a Snag in Budget Debate (Associated Press, Apr 7, 2010)
City Housing Plan for Gowanus to Continue (NY Post, Mar 4, 2010)
Architects Design for a Warmer, Wetter New York (New York Magazine, Mar 2, 2010)
Transportation Department Plans More Pedestrian Malls (City Hall, Mar 2, 2010)
Shattered Glass Hurts 15 (NY Times, Feb 28, 2010)
Panel Urges City to Open Stairwells (NY Post, Feb 2, 2010)
Panel Suggests Ways to Build Green (NY Times, Feb 2, 2010)
Fate of Broadway Closure Unknown (NY Times, Feb 2, 2010)
New Environment Commissioner Makes Agency Changes (Daily News, Jan 28, 2010)
Bodegas Urged to Go Green (NY 1, Jan 27, 2010)
Takeover Risk for St. Vincent's Hospital (Associated Press, Jan 27, 2010)
Search for PCBs in Schools Could Find Huge Problems (Daily News, Jan 24, 2010)
Staen Island's Pouch Camp Could be Put Up for Sale (NY Times, Jan 24, 2010)
City Agrees to Study Risks of PCBs in Schools (NY Times, Jan 20, 2010)
MTA to Test Eliminating Tollbooths for E-ZPass (NY Times, Jan 15, 2010)
Penalty Relief Program Pulls $11.1 Million (NY Post, Jan 8, 2010)
City Officials Cite Risks in Watershed Drilling (NY Times, Dec 24, 2009)
State Sets Plan for Greener, More Efficient Energy (WNYC, Dec 21, 2009)
Upper East Side Has Some of City's Dirtiest Air (NY Times, Dec 17, 2009)
City Cuts 24 Schoolyards from Parks Plan (Associated Press, Dec 17, 2009)
Air Pollution Levels Highest in Manhattan, Bronx (NY 1, Dec 16, 2009)
Gardeners Contemplate the Fate of Green Spaces (City Limits, Dec 15, 2009)
Danish Wind Farm Catches Bloomberg's Eye (NY Times, Dec 15, 2009)
Green Buildings Bill Approved by Council (Gotham Gazette, Dec 10, 2009)
Council Approves Curbs on Greenhouse Gases (NY Times, Dec 10, 2009)
Gowanus Canal: Clean It up, But How? (WNYC, Dec 9, 2009)
Bloomberg to Go to Copenhagen Conference (NY Times, Dec 9, 2009)
New Book Pushes For Green Jobs and New Hudson Tunnel (Daily News, Dec 7, 2009)
Bloomberg Drops Efficiency Plan (NY Times, Dec 7, 2009)
After Election, Bloomberg Drops Green Buildings Proposal (Village Voice, Dec 7, 2009)
New Environmental Chief Causes Stir (NY Times, Dec 1, 2009)
Five Companies Eyed for Newtown Creek Cleanup (Daily News, Nov 20, 2009)
Celebrity Residents Fight Planned Garbage Garage (NY Times, Nov 16, 2009)
Sustainable Design Continues Growing Despite Economy (New York Construction, Nov 6, 2009)
Gas Company Decides It Won't Drill in New York Watershed (NY Times, Oct 28, 2009)
City Squeamish Over State Plan For Watershed Drilling (Crain's, Oct 26, 2009)
Farm Trips to Improve Test Scores (NY Times, Oct 20, 2009)
Paterson Proposes Environmental Cuts, Advocates Sneer (NY Times, Oct 19, 2009)
Biologists Fight Erosion in Jamaica Bay (Daily News, Oct 11, 2009)
Diesel Spills to Remain Under Bus Depots for Decades (AM New York, Oct 7, 2009)
Landmarked Tree Gets Chopped Up (NY Times, Oct 6, 2009)
Firefighters Sent Out with Wrong Info (Daily News, Oct 6, 2009)
Recycling Still Confusing (Daily News, Oct 4, 2009)
State Sets Rules on Gas Drilling Upstate (NY Times, Oct 1, 2009)
State Paves Way for Gas Drilling (ProPublica, Oct 1, 2009)
Election Year Does Wonders For Stalled Staten Island Projects (Staten Island Advance, Sep 28, 2009)
Mayor Touts White Rooftops, but City Lags (Associated Press, Sep 25, 2009)
City Wants Input on Upstate Drill Plan (City Limits, Sep 22, 2009)
Subways Pick Up Green Energy Funds (NY 1, Sep 22, 2009)
Environmental Group Takes Up Spaces (Daily News, Sep 19, 2009)
Council Passes Cleaner School Bus Bill (Crain's, Sep 18, 2009)
City to Spend $45 Million on Queens Sewer and Water Systems (Daily News, Sep 9, 2009)
State Agencies Not Adhering to Green Cleaning Product Order (Albany Times Union, Sep 4, 2009)
Water Filtration Plant Costing $1 Billion More than Estimated, Audit Finds (Daily News, Sep 2, 2009)
Government Eyes Private Beach Clubs (NY Times, Sep 1, 2009)
Evidence Was Withheld in Deutsche Bank Fire, Defense Says (NY Times, Aug 27, 2009)
Prototype Hybrid Garbage Trucks Start Rounds in September (NY Post, Aug 25, 2009)
Harbor School Looks Forward to Governors Island (Associated Press, Aug 23, 2009)
Trees Ravaged During Storm (Daily News, Aug 21, 2009)
City to Drain Mott Haven Swamp (Bronx News Network, Aug 18, 2009)
Can Oysters Return to Jamaica Bay? (Queens Courier, Aug 14, 2009)
City Beaches Earn Mixed Report Card (Crain's, Aug 11, 2009)
City Says Exxon is Liable for Tainted Well Water in Queens (NY Times, Aug 7, 2009)
Shadow Cast by Region's Atomic Past (NY Times, Aug 3, 2009)
Bloomberg and the Deutsche Bank Fire (Village Voice, Jul 23, 2009)
Bloomberg Caught Idling SUV (Crain's, Jul 23, 2009)
E-Waste and Green Jobs Bills Withdrawn in NY Senate (Crain's, Jul 20, 2009)
Two bills fell victim to a chaotic late night state Senate session – one requiring electronics manufacturers statewide to take away customers’ old products and another hoping to create thousands of jobs by retrofitting New York homes to be more energy efficient.
City Council More Environmentally Friendly (AM New York, Jul 10, 2009)
Drivers in New York Rush Hour Wasted 380 Million Hours (Newsday, Jul 10, 2009)
Museum Will Store Endangered Species' DNA (Associated Press, Jul 8, 2009)
DEP Chief Reprimanded (NY Post, Jul 7, 2009)
Recycling Gets Attention in Public Housing (NY Times, Jul 4, 2009)
Murders Down Thanks to the Weather (NY Times, Jul 3, 2009)
City Proposes New Plan for Gowanus Canal Cleanup (NY Times, Jul 2, 2009)
Car-Free, Summer Streets Come Back (NY Times, Jun 30, 2009)
Toxic Fumes Kill Three At Sewage Plant (Daily News, Jun 30, 2009)
Seven Fire Department Officers Censured in Bank Blaze (NY Times, Jun 25, 2009)
Public Health Study Begins on Newtown Creek (Daily News, Jun 22, 2009)
The Newtown Creek Community Health & Harm Narratives Project has trained six community members in oral history methods to record widespread stories of people who lived near the heavily polluted Newtown Creek and developed a deadly illness.
Rainfall Likely to Make Record Books (Daily News, Jun 16, 2009)
Conserve Water and Get a Bigger Bill (Staten Island Advance, Jun 7, 2009)
Sewage Concerns Close Beaches (Associated Press, Jun 7, 2009)
Judge Delays Water Bottle Deposits for a Year (Associated Press, Jun 3, 2009)
Deal to Power Down Idling Red Hook Cruise Ships Falls Through (Brooklyn Papers, Jun 3, 2009)
City Nixes Proposed Plastic Bag Tax (Metro, Jun 2, 2009)
Quinn Calls Plastic Bag Tax 'Off the Table' (Daily News, May 29, 2009)
Brooklyn Co-housing May Have Greenest Building in City (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 28, 2009)
National Grid May Owe Most for Cleanup of Gowanus Canal (Daily News, May 28, 2009)
Court Temporarily Halts Bottle Deposit Law (Associated Press, May 28, 2009)
Broadway Closing Gets Mixed Reviews (AM New York, May 27, 2009)
Hudson River Park Launches 'Big City Fishing' Program (1010 WINS, May 26, 2009)
Hudson River Park launched its Big City Fishing program Monday. Would-be anglers can head to Pier 84 and Pier 46 in Manhattan. Rods, reels, bait and fishing instruction are all free.
Paterson: Grants to Spur Clean Energy Jobs (Associated Press, May 22, 2009)
Hospitals Pledge to Reduce Carbon Emissions (WNYC, May 15, 2009)
EPA Head Says Superfund Can't Stop Flow of Sewage Into Gowanus (Brooklyn Papers, May 14, 2009)
EPA Reveals Gowanus Cleanup Could Cost $300 to $400 Million (Brooklyn Downtown Star, May 8, 2009)
Paterson Phases out Bottled Water in State Agencies (Newsday, May 6, 2009)
Gov. David Paterson told state agencies to cut spending and help the environment by switching from bottled to tap water.
Water Rate Hike Criticized (Queens Chronicle, May 1, 2009)
Two Years Later, the Other 126 PlaNYC 2030 Initiatives (City Hall, May 1, 2009)
Gioia Lays Out Plans, But Not Dollars (Yet) for Carbon-Neutral Campaign (City Hall, May 1, 2009)
For Council Member Eric Gioia (D-Queens), in the public advocate campaign, green is all the rage—environmentally speaking, that is. Gioia announced he was running a carbon-neutral public advocate campaign February 2008, and his campaign stresses the changes he has made to mitigate his carbon footprint. And indeed, he has spent only $1,444 on campaign mailing last February, saving on paper. Plus, he claims to use hybrid vehicles on the campaign trail. But for all of his green-mindedness, only buying carbon credits will allow Gioia’s campaign to achieve carbon- neutral status.
Three Boroughs Share State's Highest Particle Pollution (NY 1, Apr 30, 2009)
On the Gowanus Canal, Fear of Superfund Stigma (NY Times, Apr 24, 2009)
Jamaica Bay Grows for First Time in Decades (Queens Tribune, Apr 24, 2009)
City Could End up Chipping in for EPA Gowanus Clean-up (Brooklyn Papers, Apr 23, 2009)
City Gears Up for Green Building (Gotham Gazette, Apr 23, 2009)
City Unrolls Energy Retrofit Laws for Older Buildings (NY Times, Apr 22, 2009)
Elected leaders in New York City will propose a suite of laws and other initiatives on Wednesday aimed at reducing energy consumption and related emissions of greenhouse gases by requiring owners of thousands of older buildings to upgrade everything from boilers to light bulbs.
Funding Goes to Green Jobs (City Limits, Apr 21, 2009)
Toxic Staten Island Site Targeted for Cleanup (Staten Island Advance, Apr 21, 2009)
Stimulus Money Could Help Retrofit City Office Buildings (Real Deal, Apr 17, 2009)
A Better Bottle Bill is Only the Beginning (NY Observer, Apr 17, 2009)
City Won't Compensate '07 Flood Victims in Queens (The Forum, Apr 17, 2009)
Developers: Gowanus to Build or Not? (NY Observer, Apr 16, 2009)
Lawsuit Alleges Toxic Conditions in School (Daily News, Apr 14, 2009)
Students and staff at a Queens special-needs school are suing the city for $500 million for taking more than 10 years to clean their asbestos-laden building.
Local Groups Have Concerns Over Gowanus Superfund Proposal (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Apr 10, 2009)
Bloomberg's Townhouse not So Green (Newsday, Apr 10, 2009)
Empire State Building To Go Green (New York Construction, Apr 10, 2009)
Gowanus Canal Proposed for Federal Superfund List (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Apr 9, 2009)
City May Green Foreclosed Homes (Globest.com, Apr 9, 2009)
Bloomberg's Campain, Not so Green (City Room, Apr 7, 2009)
Water Board to Consider Rate Hike (Staten Island Advance, Apr 5, 2009)
New Study Will Examine Newtown Creek’s Impact on Health (Queens Chronicle, Apr 3, 2009)
Center for Urban Environment Closes After 30 Years (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Apr 3, 2009)
Governor's Emissions Change Plan Would Affect Few Power Plants (NY Times, Apr 2, 2009)
Odor Complaints Drop Nearly 30 Percent (AM New York, Apr 2, 2009)
Budget Deal Restores Environmental Funding (Associated Press, Mar 31, 2009)
Thompson Takes on Water Billing System (NY Post, Mar 30, 2009)
New Yorkers are pouring money down the drain by paying excessive rates on their water bills, Comptroller Bill Thompson charged yesterday.
Incentives Enacted for Hybrids in Cabs (Associated Press, Mar 27, 2009)
Newtown Creek May Become Bigger Hazard As Planet Warms (Greenpoint Star, Mar 27, 2009)
Offshore Wind Initiative Moves Forward (Queens Chronicle, Mar 27, 2009)
Residents to Fight Natural Gas Storage Island Plan (The Forum, Mar 27, 2009)
Freedom Tower Name Changed to One World Trade Center (Newsday, Mar 27, 2009)
Mayor Defends Raises (Daily News, Mar 26, 2009)
Mayor Bloomberg on Wednesday defended the eye-popping raises given to some Department of Environmental Protection administrators, saying the $300,000 payout was "a trivial amount of money."
Crunch Time for Bottle Deposit Bill (Associated Press, Mar 19, 2009)
Study Shows Flooding Danger (Reuters, Mar 17, 2009)
Some See Bridge Tolls as a Good Start (Politicker, Mar 11, 2009)
While the fate of the plan to put a tolls on city bridges that are now free remains in doubt, environmentalists, transit advocates and others hope the imposition of tolls could be a catalyzing event that will break down existing barriers to other politically risky measures involving traffic congestion, air pollution and raising money for investment in mass transit.
Paterson Shifts on Emissions, Drawing Fire (NY Times, Mar 6, 2009)
State to Developers: Mind Climate Change (NY Observer, Mar 5, 2009)
City Gets Slammed by Snow (Associated Press, Mar 3, 2009)
Bloomberg Defends School Closures (NY Post, Mar 3, 2009)
When he canceled school yesterday for the first time in five years, Mayor Bloomberg had to deal with two storms: one from Mother Nature, which dumped eight inches of snow on New York, and another from schoolkids' moms, furious the last-minute decision forced them to scramble for child care.
Gowanus Businesses, Officials, Activists Discuss Environmental Concerns (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Feb 26, 2009)
Last Wednesday the Gowanus Canal Conservancy brought together more than 40 representatives from community groups, local businesses, elected officials, government agencies and from the different neighborhoods of the “Gowanus Basin,” to discuss their environmental priorities.
Battling the Tree-Killing Beetles (Staten Island Advance, Feb 20, 2009)
Look Forward to a Hotter, Rainier and More Flood-prone New York (Daily News, Feb 18, 2009)
Weather experts say New York is due for a hurricane, and the city's Office of Emergency Management has drawn up evacuation plans that assume huge swaths of lower Manhattan and low-lying areas of the outer boroughs will be underwater during a moderate hurricane.
Hurricanes on the Way (Eventually) (Village Voice, Feb 18, 2009)
By the 2020s, rainfall may rise as much as 5 percent, sea levels by 5 inches.
Recycling Program Loses Money (NY Post, Feb 16, 2009)
New York is on pace to lose $6.5 million from its recycling program this year, as the market for refuse turns to garbage worldwide, Department of Sanitation officials said. By the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the city will have spent $15 million to get rid of metal, glass and plastic, an increase of $1.8 million from last year.
Residency Redux and Inspecting Water Tanks (Gotham Gazette, Feb 12, 2009)
Green Roofs Could Get Tax Breaks (Daily News, Feb 11, 2009)
Building owners who put plants, grass or even white paint on their roof to soak up heat and rainwater could get big tax breaks under a City Council proposal unveiled Tuesday. Councilmember David Yassky and James Gennaro want to offer tax abatements of up to 90 percent for the cost of creating "green roofs," which soak up stormwater, absorb carbon dioxide and keep buildings cooler than a typical "tar beach" roof.
Mysterious Maple Syrup Scent Comes From New Jersey Factory (NY 1, Feb 6, 2009)
Workers Sever Standpipe at Deutsche Building Again (Daily News, Feb 6, 2009)
Plan Would Let Governors Island Buildings Burn for 30 Minutes (Downtown Express, Feb 6, 2009)
Keeping Up the Pressure On Greenpoint Oil Spill (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Feb 5, 2009)
Study: Lung Problems in 9/11 Responders Years Later (Newsday, Feb 5, 2009)
Luxury Affordability Marks Green Renewal in the Bronx (City Limits, Feb 5, 2009)
Report to Detail, Address Coastal Pollution in State (Associated Press, Jan 29, 2009)
Skepticism About Plan to Shutter Power Plant (NY Times, Jan 29, 2009)
Stated Meeting: Shutting Engines At Schools (Gotham Gazette, Jan 29, 2009)
Avella Wants City to Prepare for Oil Shortages (Greenpoint Star, Jan 16, 2009)
A Queens politician will introduce legislation to create an Energy Volatility Task Force, which will examine how fluctuations in the price of oil could affect New York City. Councilmember Tony Avella announced the legislation on the steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon with members of Sierra Club NYC.
Port Authority To Release Inspection Records (NY 1, Jan 9, 2009)
Obscure Fee Pays for Efficient-Energy Projects (NY Times, Dec 29, 2008)
Mayor Backs Fire Commissioner in Deutsche Case (Daily News, Dec 24, 2008)
City Leaders Face Grilling Over Deutsche Blaze (NY Post, Dec 24, 2008)
Gas Drilling Upstate Raises Concerns About Water Supply (NY Times, Dec 19, 2008)
Paterson Signs Plastic Bag Law (Queens Gazette, Dec 19, 2008)
Twenty-Year Deal May Prevent Recycling Cuts (WNYC, Dec 19, 2008)
Queens Asked to Join in Newtown Creek Study (Greenpoint Star, Dec 19, 2008)
Paterson Signs Plastic Bag Bill, Amendments Will Preserve Local Laws (Hudson Valley Press, Dec 15, 2008)
Starting next month, retailers throughout the state will be required to recycle plastic shopping bags under a bill Gov. David Paterson signed into law on Saturday. Additional legislation will be enacted to amend the bill to allow New York City to retain its more comprehensive local law that established a City-wide recycling program for plastic carryout bags and film plastics.
Cigarette Rule Violators Slammed (NY Post, Dec 12, 2008)
Buildings Department inspectors blitzed construction firms with nearly 250 summonses in just three months for violations of a tough smoking law enacted after the deadly fire at the Deutsche Bank building.
Could Gases Be Leaking Into Greenpoint? (NY Times, Dec 8, 2008)
New Chemical Plume Discovered Underneath Greenpoint (Greenpoint Star, Dec 5, 2008)
Port Authority Presents Green Policies (Queens Chronicle, Dec 5, 2008)
Downtown Brooklyn 'Green Collar' Job Program Launched (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec 4, 2008)
City Knows Who Killed Sapling (Daily News, Dec 2, 2008)
A Japanese pagoda sapling died last summer on the lower East Side block when workers at a nearby restaurant supply shop allegedly poured noxious cleaning fluid around its roots.
Cost of Water Filtration Plant Doubles (Associated Press, Dec 1, 2008)
Councilmembers Call for Limits on Bottled Water (Daily News, Dec 1, 2008)
City Councilmembers Eric Gioia and Simcha Felder will introduce a bill that would bar city agencies from buying bottled water and water coolers for their workers.
How Trash Becomes Green Space (New York Magazine, Nov 25, 2008)
Legal Confusion Surrounds 'Toxic' School Site (Daily News, Nov 18, 2008)
Plastic Bag Surcharge Causes Controversy (NY Times, Nov 18, 2008)
Gas Drilling Could Endanger City's Water Supply, Critics Say (Associated Press, Nov 17, 2008)
(NY Times, Nov 15, 2008)
After a federal court ruling stalled a city initiative to make most new taxis hybrid vehicles, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will try using financial incentives to encourage taxi owners to buy the more environmentally friendly gas-and-electric cars.
Upstate Gas Drilling Attracts Foreign Investors (WNYC, Nov 14, 2008)
Cash-Strapped City Cancels Leaf Collection Program (Flatbush Life, Nov 14, 2008)
State Says Concrete Company Polluted Newtown Creek (Queens Courier, Nov 14, 2008)
Saving Jamaica Bay's Disappearing Marshes (City Limits, Nov 11, 2008)
Scientists and officials are working to protect a tarnished ecological gem before it fades forever
Tap Dance (Edible Manhattan, Nov 11, 2008)
If you are what you drink, Gotham is Upstate rainwater. And, increasingly, plastic bottles.
Dogs Sniff Out Tobacco (NY Post, Nov 10, 2008)
City Sited for Unsafe Conditions at School (NY Times, Nov 10, 2008)
Bag Tax Could Add Up (Daily News, Nov 8, 2008)
Mayor Bloomberg's proposed nickel-a-bag tax on plastic shopping bags may not sound like much if you're buying a quart of milk - but try shopping for a family of eight.
City Reaches Agreement With State on Sewage (NY Times, Nov 7, 2008)
In Mayor's Plan, the Plastic Bag Will Carry a Fee (NY Times, Nov 7, 2008)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called for charging shoppers 6 cents for every plastic bag needed at the register.
Gas Prices Highest in West (Newsday, Nov 3, 2008)
Mayor's Taxi Plan Fails in Court (NY Times, Nov 3, 2008)
City Adds Recycling Bins (NY Post, Oct 28, 2008)
Recycling in public just got easier with the addition of 105 blue and green bins throughout the five boroughs, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday.
Discount Buses Create Pollution and Congestion (AM New York, Oct 27, 2008)
Croton Park Filtration Plant Cost Overruns Unaccountable (Riverdale Press, Oct 24, 2008)
The New Waste Transfer Stations for Queens (Queens Ledger, Oct 24, 2008)
Will the Sun Shine on Willets Point? (Daily News, Oct 18, 2008)
Redeveloping the dilapidated Willets Point industrial section in Queens will clean up decades of contamination and improve the waters of Flushing Bay, Mayor Bloomberg's top development official told the City Council Friday.
Possible Solution To Flooding Comes Out Of Civic Meeting (Queens Gazette, Oct 17, 2008)
The city Department of Environmental Protection reported that it is adding a new pump that will process heavier water intake more quickly at the Bowery Bay sewage treatment plant to alleviate flooding.
Pier Bridges Dropped from Brooklyn Bridge Park Design (Brooklyn Papers, Oct 16, 2008)
City Planning Policy Promotes Parking (NY Post, Oct 14, 2008)
Rally Against Seventh Power Plant Planned for Northwest Queens (Queens Gazette, Oct 10, 2008)
Bats Flourish in Brooklyn - And That's Good (WNYC, Oct 10, 2008)
Environmental Advocates Criticize Starbucks Water Usage (AM New York, Oct 7, 2008)
Crane License Procedures to be Overhauled (NY Times, Oct 7, 2008)
Young People Going Back to the Farm (WNYC, Oct 2, 2008)
Astoria Residents Rally Against Fed Ex Truck Depot (Queens Gazette, Sep 26, 2008)
How a Plan for Bus Fuel Grew Expensive (NY Times, Sep 25, 2008)
Carbon Goes on the Auction Block in New York (Associated Press, Sep 25, 2008)
City Seeks Emergency Use of Long Island Aquifer (Newsday, Sep 22, 2008)
Mayor Opposes Carbon Tariff (NY Sun, Sep 19, 2008)
Testifying before Congress yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposed a so-called carbon tariff that would tax imports from countries that do not sign onto a global agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
Whales Recorded in the Harbor (U.S. News and World Report, Sep 18, 2008)
Fumes Persist in Long Island City (NY 1, Sep 18, 2008)
Congestion Pricing Is Popular Among Ideas To Boost MTA (NY Sun, Sep 16, 2008)
Business leaders, academics, and activists are offering up a range of suggestions — which include reviving congestion pricing, selling city bridges, and eliminating subway fares altogether — on how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should handle its looming shortfalls.
Before Big Fire, a City Warning Over Contractor (NY Times, Sep 16, 2008)
In early 2006, New York State development officials approved the hiring of an unknown firm, the John Galt Corporation, to help demolish the Deutsche Bank building near ground zero. A recently obtained document shows that on April 11, 2006, city investigators accused state development officials of not only knowing about Galt’s questionable ties before they approved its hiring, but also misleading the investigators about the subcontractor, possibly to avoid questions that might have slowed or blocked its hiring.
Water Board Chief Resigns (NY Post, Sep 15, 2008)
Crack Down On Illegal Trucks (Greenpoint Star, Sep 11, 2008)
Officials Say Green Cabs Are Safe (NY Post, Sep 11, 2008)
City officials see "no credible evidence" that new fuel-efficient taxis are unsafe - despite industry worries that they provide too little passenger space and aren't designed to take safety partitions.
Taxi Group Calls Hybrids 'Unsafe' and Files Suit (Metro, Sep 10, 2008)
City Planning Takes First Crack at Trash Plan (Chelsea Now, Sep 5, 2008)
Cigarette Butts Found at Deutsche Site (Daily News, Sep 5, 2008)
Hearing to Focus on Upstate Drilling (NY Sun, Sep 3, 2008)
The City Council will hold an emergency public hearing next week to address concerns that plans for natural gas drilling in the city's upstate watershed could contaminate local drinking water.
Going Green to Save Green (AM New York, Aug 29, 2008)
Uneven Allotment of Parking Near Schools (NY Times, Aug 28, 2008)
A number of smaller schools have more parking spaces than those with larger staffs.
City Water Wins Taste Test (Associated Press, Aug 27, 2008)
Newtown Creek Eyed for Superfund Status (NY Sun, Aug 26, 2008)
The EPA will review testing by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at four sites in the Newtown Creek area, where an estimated 17 million to 30 million gallons of oil were spilled since the 1950s. The spill was not discovered until 1978 and ExxonMobil, which owned the refinery that caused the underground leak, has since cleaned an estimated 9.4 million gallons of oil from the area.
Weiner Talks Flooding in Queens (Queens Ledger, Aug 22, 2008)
Complaints About Waterfall Damage Multiply (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Aug 22, 2008)
Community Trashes Stringer's Sanitation Suggestion (Chelsea Now, Aug 22, 2008)
Clinton Pushes for Federal Cleanup of Newtown Creek (The Forum, Aug 22, 2008)
Fire Department Eyes Policy Change After Deutche Fire (Newsday, Aug 22, 2008)
Flames, Not Blast, Toppled 7 World Trade Center (NY Post, Aug 22, 2008)
Study by Teens Finds Seafood Mislabeling (Associated Press, Aug 22, 2008)
Mayor 'Satisfied' With Fire Management (NY Sun, Aug 22, 2008)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is "100 percent satisfied" with the management of New York's firefighters, he told reporters yesterday, following the release of a fire department report on the deaths of two firefighters at the Deutsche Bank building."In terms of whether anyone was criminally negligent, the district attorney is looking at that," he said. "We don't do investigations of the conduct of our fire department or any other agency during that period at the request of the district attorney." The fire department's report said no individual factor caused the two deaths. Instead, it said a catalog of errors was responsible.
Inquiry Details Chain of Failures in Deutsche Fire (NY Times, Aug 21, 2008)
Bloomberg: Windmills on Bridges, Skyscrapers Impractical (Newsday, Aug 21, 2008)
Environmental Concerns Raised About Brooklyn Con Ed Project (NY Sun, Aug 21, 2008)
Bloomberg Looks to Wind Power (NY Times, Aug 20, 2008)
In an effort to develop renewable energy in New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday he will ask private companies to study plans for putting windmills on the city's coast and on bridges and skyscrapers.
Union Asks for Different Fire Alerts (NY Post, Aug 18, 2008)
Progress Slow at World Trade Center (Newsday, Aug 18, 2008)
With New Parking Rules, Environment Put Aside (NY Post, Aug 18, 2008)
New York is undercutting its own plan for a greener, cleaner city with a policy that requires residential developments to build off-street parking for occupants, a new report charges.
Indian Point to Miss Target Date on Sirens (Associated Press, Aug 14, 2008)
Mayor Backs Council Air-Conditioning Plan (NY Sun, Aug 14, 2008)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is endorsing a City Council plan to fine businesses that leave their doors open when the air-conditioning is running, even though he said he didn't think the measure would make "any appreciable difference."
Can City's Infrastructure Handle Floods, Intense Heat? (Associated Press, Aug 13, 2008)
Council Would Fine Stores That Cool Sidewalks (NY Times, Aug 13, 2008)
The Council is expected to pass legislation on Thursday imposing fines on stores that leave their doors wide open with the air-conditioning on. Councilmember Gale Brewer and 18 other council members signed on to the bill, which would affect any business with at least 4,000 square feet, or small stores that are part of a chain with five or more stores in the city. The Department of Consumer Affairs would issue a warning to first-time offenders who kept their exterior doors open while an air-conditioning system intended to cool the area was in use. Stores would be fined $200 for a second offense and $400 for subsequent violations within an 18-month period.
New York to Measure Carbon Footprint (Reuters, Aug 11, 2008)
Claimants Against City Get Boost From Comptroller (NY Sun, Aug 8, 2008)
Principals Struggle To Pare Employee Parking Perks (NY Sun, Aug 7, 2008)
MTA Introduces 'Green' Escalators (Metro, Aug 7, 2008)
City Officials Look to Protect Water Supply with Drilling Ban (ProPublica, Aug 6, 2008)
Council Members Say Abandoned Barges Pose Dangers in Waterways (NY Times, Aug 5, 2008)
Two City Council members and a state assemblyman announced their disgust with what they called a growing problem: abandoned construction barges and other vessels left to rust, buckle, leak and eventually sink to the bottom of remote corners of rivers and tributaries feeding Jamaica Bay.
Panel Concludes Indian Point Is Safe (NY Times, Aug 1, 2008)
Gowanus Canal May be Source for New Antibiotics (Daily News, Jul 31, 2008)
Five States and New York City Threaten to Sue EPA (Associated Press, Jul 31, 2008)
Report Rates Orchard Beach City's Most Polluted (Daily News, Jul 30, 2008)
Paterson Approves Law on Risky Gas Drilling (Albany Times Union, Jul 25, 2008)
Reading the River and Its Contents, With an Eye on Its Health (NY Times, Jul 24, 2008)
Politicians Displeased with Styrofoam's Return (AM New York, Jul 17, 2008)
Automakers Make Hybrids for NYC Taxi Fleet (Associated Press, Jul 17, 2008)
Taxi Owners Criticize City’s Deal for Hybrids (Crain's, Jul 17, 2008)
Crane Industry Remained Loosely Regulated (NY Times, Jul 16, 2008)
Federal Help Sought for Newtown Creek (Daily News, Jul 13, 2008)
Hunts Point Residents Sue Over Smell (NY Times, Jul 10, 2008)
Is 'Green' the Place to Look for Job Growth? (City Limits, Jul 10, 2008)
Hearing to Examine Proposed Blasting at Reservoir (Daily News, Jul 10, 2008)
Community Boards 7, 8 and 12 are sponsoring a public hearing July 15 to address the Department of Environmental Protection's recently announced plan to use blasting at the Jerome Park Reservoir in part of the controversial Croton Water Treatment Plant project underway at Van Cortlandt Park.
Bloomberg Proposes Plan for City to Make Eco-friendly Upgrades (Daily News, Jul 8, 2008)
More cops and firefighters will drive hybrid cars, hundreds of rec centers, precinct stationhouses and offices will get heating and cooling upgrades, and city streets will glow with Earth-friendly bulbs, according to an ambitious plan unveiled Monday by Mayor Bloomberg.
Politics Failed, but Fuel Prices Cut Congestion (NY Times, Jul 3, 2008)
Deutsche Bank Demolition Costs $280 Million (NY Sun, Jun 26, 2008)
Council Calls on Governor to Kill Plastic Bag Bill (NY Post, Jun 26, 2008)
Angry City Council leaders called on Gov. Paterson yesterday to veto a bill they charged was passed "in the dead of night" in Albany to supersede a city law on plastic-bag recycling set to take effect in two weeks.
The War Against A City Smell (New Yorker, Jun 25, 2008)
Deal Reached on Manhattan Recycling Facility (Daily News, Jun 25, 2008)
State Lawmakers Reach Agreements on Brownfields (Associated Press, Jun 24, 2008)
Council Bid to End Con Ed Tax Breaks (NY Post, Jun 24, 2008)
The city wants Con Ed removed from a tax-abatement program, but the utility warns it would have to pass its ensuing 10-year, $1 billion loss on to its customers.
Group Takes Aim at Smelly Trees (New Yorker, Jun 23, 2008)
City Council Shuns Bottles in Favor of Water From Tap (NY Times, Jun 17, 2008)
The City Council has become the latest government agency to take a stand against bottled water. Last week, the speaker’s office announced that it would stop buying bottled water for the Council’s downtown offices, which went through at least 6,000 single-serving bottles last year. As a result, bottled water will no longer be available at City Council events or official functions.
Lighting Ceremony for Newtown Creek Sewage Plant (WNYC, Jun 6, 2008)
City Handing Out Rain Barrels in Queens (NY Post, Jun 6, 2008)
A pilot program by the Department of Environmental Protection will hand out 250 rain barrels this month to Queens residents to collect storm water from rooftops for lawn-watering use. The program is meant to reduce water consumption and mitigate flooding.
MTA May Trade Carbon (Newsday, Jun 3, 2008)
In Economic Terms, Recycling Almost Pays (NY Times, May 29, 2008)
Leaf Collection Programs Face Budget Cuts (NY Post, May 26, 2008)
At the same time that Mayor Bloomberg is stepping up his campaign to plant 1 million trees, the Sanitation Department plans to eliminate a special leaf-collection program due to budget cuts.
Debating the Flushing River Wetlands Project (Daily News, May 20, 2008)
Council Overrides Mayor on E-Waste (Gotham Gazette, May 19, 2008)
Politicians Ask Washington to Investigate Possible Toxins in Schools (NY Sun, May 19, 2008)
Council Overrides Mayor's E-Waste Veto (Crain's, May 15, 2008)
Biofuel Bill Delays Ignite Criticism of Bloomberg (City Hall, May 15, 2008)
Lawmakers, environmentalists and the heating oil industry are pushing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to enact a policy that would encourage the use of biofuels to reduce the amount of carbon emissions from apartment buildings. But the green-friendly mayor is stalling until clearer guidelines on biofuels become available. His hesitation is frustrating supporters of the policy, including a number of environmental groups that are encouraging Bloomberg to broaden his prior requirements that all municipal building furnaces use blends of biofuel and heating oil.
Rock for Trees (NY Post, May 7, 2008)
The city's plan to plant a million trees won a star-studded endorsement yesterday from The Police, with the rock band pledging to chip in $1 million during a ceremony in Times Square.
Connor Defends His Green Credentials (Daily Politics, May 7, 2008)
Mayor Bloomberg Sticks to Water Rate Hike (Daily News, May 6, 2008)
No. That's the icy answer Mayor Bloomberg gave City Council critics who want him to eliminate a unique rental arrangement that could lower the proposed 14.5 percent water rate hike by nearly 5 percentage points. Such a move would save 825,000 water customers as much as $122 million in fiscal 2009, which starts July 1, when the new rates would kick in.
Deer Run Wild on Staten Island (NY Times, May 5, 2008)
Veggie Carts Get Another Push (NY Post, May 5, 2008)
He has rid city bars and restaurants of cigarette smoke, banned artery-clogging trans fats, and required eateries to post calorie counts on menus.
Endorsements and Congestion Pricing, School Names as Political Ads (NY Times, May 5, 2008)
Bloomberg Blasts Gas Tax Cut Plan (Crain's, May 2, 2008)
Study: City's Air Still Bad (AM New York, May 1, 2008)
City Activates Flood Response Plan for the First Time (Queens Ledger, May 1, 2008)
Chicago to Get 'Our' Federal Congestion Pricing Money (NY Sun, Apr 30, 2008)
Council Member Opposes New Power Plant (NY Sun, Apr 30, 2008)
City Councilmember Peter Vallone yesterday sharply criticized the construction of a new gas-fueled generating plant in Queens, saying that the area already supplies 80 percent of New York City’s power. The New York Power Authority announced yesterday that Astoria Energy had won a 20-year contract to build a new plant to replace the Charles Poletti Power Project, which is scheduled to close in 2010.
Institutions and Co-Ops Fail to Pay Water Bills (Daily News, Apr 29, 2008)
New Plan to Fight Traffic (Metro, Apr 29, 2008)
Con Ed Blackout Rebate Not Enough, Locals Say (Daily News, Apr 25, 2008)
Officials Announce Federal Plan to Test Drinking Water (Associated Press, Apr 25, 2008)
Two Scientists See Possible Benefits in Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn Papers, Apr 23, 2008)
PlaNYC Gets $10 Million Boost (Metro, Apr 23, 2008)
Verrazano Bridge Will Receive Energy-Saving Lighting System (NY 1, Apr 23, 2008)
Congestion Pricing Could Resurface, Advocates Say (Daily News, Apr 21, 2008)
Housing Authority Begins Installing Fluorescent Bulbs (Metro, Apr 18, 2008)
MTA Plans to Use Solar Power (Newsday, Apr 15, 2008)
Off the Waterfront! (NY Observer, Apr 10, 2008)
State Funds Study of Newtown Creek (Queens Ledger, Apr 10, 2008)
Solar in the City (NY Post, Apr 9, 2008)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to broaden the use of solar energy in the city. He announced yesterday that the city was seeking proposals from private companies to install solar panels on municipal buildings in all five boroughs.
Bloomberg Turns Attention to Solar Power (City Room, Apr 9, 2008)
$8 Traffic Fee for Manhattan Gets Nowhere (NY Times, Apr 8, 2008)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's far-reaching plan to ease Manhattan traffic died in the New York State Assembly.
Bloomberg Tactics Were Highhanded on Traffic Plan, Lawmakers Say (NY Times, Apr 8, 2008)
In Albany, the commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, expressed the mayor's sentiments, saying: "You are either for this historic change in New York or you're against it. And if you're against it, you're going to have a lot of explaining to do."
Council Members Fume Over Congestion Pricing Failure (Newsday, Apr 8, 2008)
After state lawmakers killed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial congestion pricing bill Monday, supporters challenged opponents of the plan to find another way to fund improvements to New York City's beleaguered subway system and strained bus service.
Growing Pains for a Deep-Sea Home Built of Subway Cars (NY Times, Apr 8, 2008)
Security at World Trade Center to be 'Ring of Steel' (Daily News, Apr 7, 2008)
Fate of Congestion Pricing Unknown (NY Times, Apr 7, 2008)
Congestion Pricing Deadline Today (Daily News, Apr 7, 2008)
Changes Needed for Plan to Pass In Albany (Daily News, Apr 5, 2008)
Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan would die on the statehouse floor if it came up for a vote now, but it could spring back to life by Monday's deadline, lawmakers say.
Council Considers Testing Water for Traces of Drugs (NY Times, Apr 4, 2008)
Leaders Say City Must Test Drinking Water (Associated Press, Apr 4, 2008)
Wanted: Building Reforms (Village Voice, Apr 2, 2008)
An Absence Explained For Congestion Vote (NY Times, Apr 2, 2008)
Councilwoman Helen Diane Foster, a Bronx Democrat who has one of the worst attendance records on the council, was not at City Hall. She was not in her district. And her staff could provide no explanation for her whereabouts when voting began.
Albany Is Next Stop for Congestion Pricing (NY Sun, Apr 1, 2008)
City Council Approves Fee to Drive Below 60th (NY Times, Apr 1, 2008)
The controversial proposal to charge drivers in the busiest parts of Manhattan took a major step forward on Monday, with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Speaker Christine C. Quinn wrenching approval from the City Council by an unusually slim margin.
Low-Income Drivers to Get Break on Fee (Daily News, Mar 31, 2008)
Low-income drivers would get a break on the $8 fee for driving into Manhattan under a revised version of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion-pricing plan released Sunday. The discount and a proposed $1 billion contribution from the Port Authority are designed to overcome objections that the plan would hurt poor New Yorkers while giving a break to New Jersey drivers who already pay Hudson River tolls.
Council Could Vote on Congestion Plan Today (NY 1, Mar 31, 2008)
The City Council could vote on congestion pricing as early as today, but the plan still faces an uncertain future in the state legislature.
In Albany Congestion Pricing Comes Down to Politics as Usual (Newsday, Mar 31, 2008)
Many of the 212 lawmakers weighing the plan to charge motorists to enter parts of Manhattan admitted privately last week that their top concern in voting was to demonstrate loyalty to a legislative leader or the new governor, curry favor with a billionaire mayor or avoid primary challenges from restless members of the New York City Council.
Port Authority Announces Plans To Be Greener By 2010 (NY 1, Mar 28, 2008)
Harvesting Wind at the Fresh Kills Landfill (City Room, Mar 28, 2008)
Freelancer's Office Collective in Downtown Brooklyn Tries to Go Green (Brownstoner, Mar 28, 2008)
Two-Part Plan on Recycling of Electronic Gear Passes (NY Times, Mar 27, 2008)
To avoid a protracted battle, Council Speaker Christine Quinn withdrew the original bill and reintroduced it as two pieces of legislation, one that begins to establish the program and that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has agreed to sign into law, and one that sets collection standards that he is expected to veto. “What we recognized in the work and debate around the e-waste bill was that the Council, the environmental community and the mayor were in agreement on about 90 percent of the bill,” Quinn said at a City Hall news conference. “Whatever ends up happening with the challenges around that 10 percent, 90 percent of the program will be in place: New Yorkers will have a place to take back e-waste.”
Mayor Continues to Push Congestion Fee (Newsday, Mar 26, 2008)
As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it would not make $30 million in promised service improvements, Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday sought to reassure skeptical straphangers that the fees from his congestion pricing plan would be invested in public transit projects.
Council Members Seek to Limit Fake Turf (Daily News, Mar 26, 2008)
Three City Council members will propose a bill that would ban any more artificial turf fields that use tiny bits of "crumb-rubber infill" in city parks and require existing fields to be torn up and replaced within a year.
Rail Link Would Help New Jersey Commuters, Report Says (Associated Press, Mar 25, 2008)
Split City Council Questions Congestion Pricing (Newsday, Mar 25, 2008)
Mayor Looks for Votes for Congestion Pricing in City Council (Daily News, Mar 25, 2008)
With just two weeks to go before the deadline to approve congestion pricing, Mayor Bloomberg and his allies worked Monday to win converts to the plan - while City Council critics spent the day poking holes in it.
Poll Says New Yorkers Would Support Congestion Pricing If Mass Transit Improved (NY Post, Mar 25, 2008)
New York state residents oppose Mayor Bloomberg's congestion-pricing plan, but would back the proposal if they believed the money would, as pledged, be used to improve mass transit, a new poll said yesterday.
Street Trees Are No Longer an Optional Accessory (City Room, Mar 25, 2008)
Hey, Kids! Don’t Eat the New Lunch Trays (City Room, Mar 25, 2008)
Paterson Lends Support to Congestion Pricing (NY Times, Mar 24, 2008)
City Maps Blackout Spots (Daily News, Mar 23, 2008)
The city's Office of Emergency Management has called in an army to map out more than 100 areas vulnerable to a ruinous blackout and to calculate the fastest way to restore power.
Some Residents Return Home to Crane Collapse Neighborhood (Associated Press, Mar 19, 2008)
The Challenge of "Greening" a Neighborhood (City Limits, Mar 18, 2008)
New Shea Stadium Will be Green (Newsday, Mar 14, 2008)
To Avert Veto, Council Alters New Electronics Recycling Bill (NY Times, Mar 13, 2008)
Facing a veto threat from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City Council on Wednesday called back a bill it passed last month that would have established one of the toughest electronics recycling programs in the country. In an unusual move, the Council, after recalling the previously passed bill, immediately introduced a new bill that would establish the same recycling program while removing the original bill’s industry performance standards, which Mr. Bloomberg opposed.
City University's Toxin-Filled Building at Ground Zero to be Demolished (NY Post, Mar 13, 2008)
Bus Riders Back Congestion Pricing Plan, Survey Says (Daily News, Mar 11, 2008)
Riders on some of the busiest bus lines in Queens and Brooklyn said they would support congestion pricing if it means more buses on the roads, according to a new survey.
Foes of Indian Point Begin Legal Battle (NY Times, Mar 11, 2008)
State Wants Con Ed to Fix Steam Leaks (Daily News, Mar 10, 2008)
Recycling Electronics As Mayor Mulls Legislation (NY Times, Mar 10, 2008)
They are often wedged in closets, collecting dust. Some inevitably end up between banana peels and apple cores in a landfill. In New York City, finding an appropriate final resting place for aging computers, boom boxes and televisions can be an arduous task.
Traces of Pharmaceuticals Found in Water (Associated Press, Mar 10, 2008)
Engineering a Tough Switch: Getting New Yorkers to Recycle Electronics (NY Times, Mar 10, 2008)
Food Co-op to Ban Bottled Water (Brooklyn Papers, Mar 7, 2008)
Free Parking for Hybrid Cars Is Proposed (NY Sun, Mar 7, 2008)
New Yorkers who purchase hybrid cars would receive a novel perk under legislation proposed by Council Member Hiram Monserrate: free parking for a year. "Obviously in the backdrop of global warming and $4-a-gallon fuel, the question is what we should do as a municipality to consume less," Monserrate, who represents parts of Queens, said in an interview.
Scrappy City Takes on Recycling Thieves (NY Post, Mar 7, 2008)
Groups Urge a Moratorium on City Use of Artificial Turf (NY Times, Feb 29, 2008)
Mayor Plans Rise in Fuel Efficiency Standards for Black Cabs (NY Times, Feb 28, 2008)
Supporters of Congestion Pricing Launch Ad Blitz (NY Post, Feb 26, 2008)
Lax Enforcement on Island's Dumping (Staten Island Advance, Feb 25, 2008)
Unlikely Debris Will Be Searched (NY Times, Feb 25, 2008)
Gioia Pledges Carbon Neutral Campaign (Daily News, Feb 25, 2008)
While most politicians stick to recycling speeches and slogans, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) said when he runs for public advocate he'll spend "tens of thousands of dollars" to make his campaign the greenest one yet.
Gioia's Donor-Fueled Carbon Neutrality (Politicker, Feb 25, 2008)
In City Waters, Beds (and a Job) for Oysters (NY Times, Feb 24, 2008)
Parks Department Vow Continued Use of Controversial Crumb Rubber Turf (Daily News, Feb 22, 2008)
Live Ammunitition Possibly Underground at Marine Transfer Site (Brooklyn Papers, Feb 22, 2008)
As Fire Inquiry at Ground Zero Grows, So Do the Legal Bills (NY Times, Feb 21, 2008)
Bank Tower Contractors Accused of 44 Violations (NY Times, Feb 20, 2008)
Battle Set Over E-Waste Bill (NY Sun, Feb 19, 2008)
A legal battle is shaping up over the electronic waste bill passed by City Council last week. Mayor Bloomberg plans to veto the bill, which would require electronics manufacturers to set up recycling programs for the goods they sell. He argues the bill is illegal and said he will not enforce it if the council overrides his veto. Supporters of the bill could challenge his decision in court.
E-Waste Bill Seems Headed for a Veto (Gotham Gazette, Feb 18, 2008)
Preliminary Mayor's Management Report (, Feb 15, 2008)
An interim look at the performance of various city agencies was released yesterday in a report called the Preliminary Mayor's Management Report. Published annually, it takes a look at the city's performance in the first four months of the fiscal year and forecasts performance expectations. Much of the information can be broken down by individual agency, issue, or community. Some significant highlights were: Sewer back up complaints jumped by 23 percent; the average response time to heat complaints rose by 50 percent (although stays within the goal of seven hours); and major felony crimes in schools were nearly a third lower than the same quarter last year.
Population Task Force Holds First Hearing Today (AM New York, Feb 15, 2008)
State Lawmaker Says Developers Should Recycle Building Materials (Courier-Life, Feb 15, 2008)
$20 Million Lawsuit in Steam Blast (NY Post, Feb 15, 2008)
City Council Approves a Bill Requiring Residents to Recycle Electronics (NY Times, Feb 14, 2008)
City Would Require Electronics Recycling Under City Council Bill (Associated Press, Feb 14, 2008)
Council Passes Electronics Recycling Bill (NY Sun, Feb 14, 2008)
Development Agency Sued Over Death of Firefighter at Tower (NY Times, Feb 14, 2008)
Electricity Use Up 23 Percent Over Decade (Associated Press, Feb 14, 2008)
Investigators Say Con Ed Ignored Dangerous Flaws Before Pipe Explosion (Daily News, Feb 14, 2008)
Heavy Rains Close Major Roadways Indefinitely (NY 1, Feb 14, 2008)
Pint-Sized Parks Make Safer Streets and Cleaner Rivers (StreetsBlog, Feb 14, 2008)
An Anti-Flyer Flyer, Compliments Of Simcha Felder (Daily Politics, Feb 13, 2008)
More Ire Over Plan to Monitor Toxic Site (Daily News, Feb 13, 2008)
Grant Keeps Business Sidewalks Clean (Daily News, Feb 10, 2008)
Deutsche Bank Razing to be Completed by 2009 (Crain's, Feb 8, 2008)
Toxic Turf Ban Fight in Albany (Metro, Feb 7, 2008)
68 Degree Day a Record (NY Post, Feb 7, 2008)
Push for 9/11 Health Funds (NY Post, Feb 7, 2008)
Hearing on 9/11 Care Today (NY Sun, Feb 6, 2008)
Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney will testify at City Hall today that Congress and the president need to increase the scope and amount of health care funding for first responders, residents of Lower Manhattan, and others affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Better Homes for the Apocalypse (City Room, Feb 6, 2008)
Battle Lines Being Drawn on Congestion Pricing (NY Post, Feb 4, 2008)
City Agrees on Settlement for Polluted Neighborhood (Associated Press, Jan 31, 2008)
Flooding With No Rain in Queens (Queens Tribune, Jan 31, 2008)
Push to Get Magazines Recycled (AM New York, Jan 31, 2008)
City Has First January Without Snow Since 1933 (NY Sun, Jan 30, 2008)
From Council to Sun Dance (NY Sun, Jan 30, 2008)
Fields of Fuel, the movie that won the Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, features an interview with City Councilmember James Gennaro. Gennaro is seen in the movie discussing legislation he introduced that would require heating oil sold in the city to contain biodiesel.
Victim's Dad Rips Con Ed's Stray Voltage Plan (NY Post, Jan 25, 2008)
$650,000 Fine Urged for Indian Point Owner (NY Times, Jan 25, 2008)
Cuomo Sues Companies Over Water Contamination (NY Sun, Jan 25, 2008)
City Parks Officials Seek Safety Review of Synthetic Surfaces (NY Times, Jan 24, 2008)
(Solar) Power to the People Is Not So Easily Achieved (NY Times, Jan 24, 2008)
Council Could Require Biodiesel to Heat Buildings (NY Observer, Jan 24, 2008)
Deutsche Bank Building to be Razed (Newsday, Jan 24, 2008)
Rudy Giuliani and Air Quality After 9/11 (WNYC, Jan 24, 2008)
Menu Litterbugs Get the High-Five Sign (City Room, Jan 23, 2008)
Regulators Fault Con Ed on Steam Pipe Blast (City Room, Jan 22, 2008)
Several City Zoos ad an Aquarium Set to Get Green Makeover (Associated Press, Jan 18, 2008)
Stray Voltage Still a Problem 4 Years Later (City Room, Jan 18, 2008)
Assemblywoman Millman Fights Flyer Scourge (Brownstoner, Jan 17, 2008)
Con Ed Criticized for Explosion (NY Times, Jan 17, 2008)
An End to Con Ed's Steam System? (Daily News, Jan 17, 2008)
Fire Department Alters Its Inspection Schedule (NY Times, Jan 15, 2008)
Sanitation Official Questions E-Waste Bill (Metro, Jan 15, 2008)
Robert Orlin, the sanitation department's deputy commissioner for legal affairs, said the city needs a plan to address increasing amounts of electronic waste, but said a bill currently being considered by the City Council is "seriously flawed."
Indian Point Nuclear Waste Moved to New, Dry Home (NY Times, Jan 12, 2008)
Council Wants Recycling of Cell Phones, Gadgets (Metro, Jan 11, 2008)
City Has Many Firsts in Country in Green Construction (Daily News, Jan 11, 2008)
A Toilet That Uses 14 Gallons? ‘Oh Gosh!’ (City Room, Jan 11, 2008)
Council Votes to Require Stores to Recycle Plastic Bags (City Room, Jan 10, 2008)
Council Passes Bag-Recycling Bill (NY Sun, Jan 10, 2008)
City Council Passes Bill for Recycling of Plastic Bags (NY Times, Jan 10, 2008)
City Trees To Be Cloned, Planted in Boroughs (NY Sun, Jan 10, 2008)
Demolition to Resume at Deutsche Bank Site (NY Times, Jan 9, 2008)
Permits May be Required for Agent Detectors (NY Post, Jan 9, 2008)
Energy Use Makes Record (NY Post, Jan 8, 2008)
Deutsche Violations and Questions Keep Mounting (Downtown Express, Jan 4, 2008)
Council to Hold Hearing on Deutsche Bank (NY Post, Jan 2, 2008)
With the November deadline for demolition on the former Deutsche Bank building near Ground Zero having long passed, the City Council will hold a hearing on Jan. 10 to press members of the city-state Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on why the project remains at a standstill. The development corporation officials still face lawsuits filed by families of two firefighters killed in the August blaze at the building and a criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney.
Council Plans Session on Deutsche Bank Fire (NY Times, Jan 2, 2008)
Worst Recycling Scofflaws Improve (NY Times, Jan 1, 2008)
Taxpayers May Have to Pay for Ferry Point (NY Post, Dec 30, 2007)
Taxpayers may have to ante up $20 million to $25 million to complete the Ferry Point golf course in The Bronx, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said. The private developer who began the project during the Giuliani administration abandoned it.
Washington Square Park Plan Threatens Trees (AM New York, Dec 21, 2007)
Owl Recordings Scare Pigeons on Parkway (Daily News, Dec 19, 2007)
A Warning for Recycling Scofflaws (NY Post, Dec 17, 2007)
Bring the Garbage to Us, Community Activists Say (Downtown Express, Dec 14, 2007)
Bloomberg: Cities Will Take on Environmental Challenge (Daily News, Dec 14, 2007)
Speaking at a United Nations conference in Bali on global warming, Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday said that cities will play a leading role in environmental efforts
Deutsche Bank Building Still in Strife (NY Post, Dec 13, 2007)
Turf Concerns Get Council Hearing (Metro, Dec 13, 2007)
Fire Department and Lawmakers Debate Inspections (Daily News, Dec 13, 2007)
Fire Inspection Report (NY Times, Dec 13, 2007)
Commission Wants All Cabs Hybrid by 2012 (AM New York, Dec 12, 2007)
A Murky Future for the Gowanus Canal (New Yorker, Dec 11, 2007)
Christie Whitman Lied About Ground Zero Air Quality, 9/11 Victims' Lawyers Say (Daily News, Dec 11, 2007)
State Officials Fear Toxic Spread in Queens (NY Post, Dec 10, 2007)
A toxin found under the former Swingline stapler factory in Queens - a building that was once MoMA's temporary home - may have spread to neighboring buildings, according to state officials.
Pollution Bills Proposed in Wake of Asthma Report (Downtown Express, Dec 7, 2007)
Councilmember Alan Gerson can’t reverse the effects of 9/11 on Downtown children’s health, but he’s trying to help them breathe a little easier. In new legislation announced last week, Gerson unveiled a five-prong attack on diesel fumes, a lung irritant and carcinogen that can worsen the symptoms of children who developed respiratory problems after 9/11.
A Push to Make Public Housing 'Green' (City Room, Dec 7, 2007)
Updated Fire Code Is Offered to Mesh With Revised Building Rules (NY Times, Dec 6, 2007)
Fire Department to Update Fire Code (Daily News, Dec 6, 2007)
Brooklyn Bridge to Have Low-Watt LED Lights Installed Next Year (Daily News, Dec 6, 2007)
New Steps in City’s Energy Plan (NY Times, Dec 6, 2007)
Spitzer Battles Indian Point, Alarming Businesses (NY Sun, Dec 4, 2007)
Noise Complaints on the Rise Since New Code (Daily News, Dec 4, 2007)
Citing Past Troubles at Indian Point, State Urges Panel to Deny License Extension (NY Times, Dec 4, 2007)
Beaver Lodge Seen on Bronx River (Daily News, Dec 4, 2007)
A new beaver lodge has been spotted on the banks of the Bronx River where it winds through the New York Botanical .Garden, according to the Bronx River Alliance. It's the second to show up in the borough recently,
Manhattan Turns to New Jersey to Fulfill Its Need for Electricity (NY Times, Dec 2, 2007)
Deutsche Bank Demolition Misses Deadline (Crain's, Dec 2, 2007)
Nuclear Plant Drill Criticized (NY Times, Nov 30, 2007)
Recycling in NYC's Subways (WNYC, Nov 30, 2007)
Council Passes Bill to Curb Emissions (NY Times, Nov 29, 2007)
The City Council passed a bill yesterday that will cut carbon dioxide emissions from city government buildings and vehicles by 30 percent from current levels by 2017. It also called for emissions from the entire city, including private owned buildings, to be reduced by 30 percent by the year 2030.
Council Ponders Recycling Plastic Bags (City Room, Nov 29, 2007)
Post 9/11 Environmental Tests Downtown (NY Times, Nov 28, 2007)
Council Likely to Legislate Reduction in Carbon Emissions (Daily News, Nov 28, 2007)
Councilman Blasts ExxonMobil (NY Sun, Nov 27, 2007)
Councilman Eric Gioia is criticizing ExxonMobil after the company declined to send a representative to a City Council hearing they had been invited to attend regarding the Newton Creek oil spill cleanup in his Queens district.
Divers Who Jump in to Take the Mystery Out of City Waterways (NY Times, Nov 27, 2007)
Delay for Demolition of Greenpoint Sludge Facility (Greenpoint Star, Nov 26, 2007)
Chicago's Alley Go Green (NY Times, Nov 26, 2007)
Chicago has decided to retrofit its alleys with environmentally sustainable road-building materials under its Green Alley initiative, something experts say is among the most ambitious public street makeover plans in the country. In a larger sense, the city is rethinking the way it paves things.
Green Thumbs for Silver Spoons (New York Magazine, Nov 25, 2007)
Solar Power to Light Rockefeller Center Tree (AM New York, Nov 21, 2007)
Rockefeller Center Installs 'Green' Christmas Tree (City Room, Nov 21, 2007)
Off City Turf, Haggling for Food (NY Times, Nov 19, 2007)
Debate Over Pigeon Measures (City Room, Nov 16, 2007)
State, NYC Crack Down on East Harlem Air Pollution (Newsday, Nov 16, 2007)
City Unveils Environmentally Friendly School (NY Post, Nov 14, 2007)
New Bills: Stormwater Fixes (Gotham Gazette, Nov 13, 2007)
Brooklyn Councilman Looks to Pigeon Feeding Ban (Daily News, Nov 13, 2007)
His feathers ruffled and his mind racked with ghastly images of "rats with wings," a city councilman Monday declared war on pigeons and those who coddle them.
Termination of Contract Means City Paying More to Golf Course Builder (NY Times, Nov 9, 2007)
Fire Department Strengthens Inspection Programs (NY 1, Nov 8, 2007)
Officials Call for Panel on 9/11 Death Classification (Newsday, Nov 8, 2007)
A Bush Backs Bag Proposal (NY Post, Nov 6, 2007)
The plastic-bag recycling proposal being pushed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got a ringing endorsement yesterday - from President Bush's niece Lauren, an anti-hunger activist.
Mayor Bloomberg to Attend U.N. Meeting on Climate Change (NY Times, Nov 3, 2007)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is once again getting ready to pack up his plane and head overseas, this time to the island of Bali for a United Nations meeting on climate change next month, he said yesterday.
MTA Cleanup Crews Irk Forest Hills Residents (Times-Ledger, Nov 2, 2007)
Gioia on Giuliani and FDNY Radios (Albany Project, Nov 2, 2007)
A video clip of Councilmember Eric Gioia, a possible candidate for Public Advocate, stating that he'd like the authority to investigate how former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani handled the replacement and deployment of the Fire Department's radios.
Keeping Pollutants Out of the Bronx River (Hunts Point Express, Nov 2, 2007)
Bill Takes on Plastic Bags (NY Sun, Oct 30, 2007)
A bill to require plastic bag recycling in many stores would reduce pollution and litter by encouraging better recycling habits among consumers, City Council backers say.
City to Expand Pilot Recycling Program (Staten Island Advance, Oct 26, 2007)
The Battle to Save Jamaica Bay (Village Voice, Oct 25, 2007)
Schools Embrace Environment and Sow Debate (NY Times, Oct 25, 2007)
More Hybrid City Buses (NY Times, Oct 25, 2007)
Lawsuit Over Nuclear Plant Defense (NY Times, Oct 25, 2007)
Gowanus Canal Cleanup Delay (NY Post, Oct 25, 2007)
Turf Moratorium (Metro, Oct 25, 2007)
Silver’s Rebuff Threatens City’s Solid Waste Plan (NY Times, Oct 24, 2007)
Bill Calls for Recycling of Electronics (NY Post, Oct 24, 2007)
New York City is on the verge of becoming the first municipality to enact an e-waste bill, officials said yesterday.
Bloomberg Announces Greenhouse Gas Plan (Newsday, Oct 23, 2007)
Anger Oer City Plans to Destroy Forest (Daily News, Oct 21, 2007)
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe delivered a shock to nature lovers and community activists last week when he said the city is planning to level more than 20 acres of dense forest in Ridgewood Reservoir to make way for recreational facilities, attendees of the meeting said.
Medical Examiner Won't Add Detective to Post-9/11 Death Toll (Associated Press, Oct 19, 2007)
Rejecting ’06 Finding, Report Says Detective Didn’t Die From 9/11 Dust (NY Times, Oct 19, 2007)
Drivers May Have Less Time To Idle Near Schools (NY Sun, Oct 18, 2007)
A bill introduced by Councilmember John Liu would mandate that vehicles must shut engines off when near schools after one minute of idling. Vehicles are currently allowed to idle for three minutes.
Con Edison May Pin Blame for July Pipe Blast on City (Daily News, Oct 17, 2007)
City Eyes Ground Zero Settlement (Daily News, Oct 16, 2007)
Insurance Policies Dropped in Post-Katrina World (NY Times, Oct 16, 2007)
Families Wait to Return Home After Brooklyn Tornado (NY Times, Oct 16, 2007)
Con Ed Installs Free Bulbs (AM New York, Oct 16, 2007)
Biotechnology Center Breaks Ground (NY Sun, Oct 16, 2007)
A highly anticipated $700 million biotechnology center is beginning to take shape along the East River. The project, which is being developed on city-owned land, will include 1.1 million square feet of commercial space and research labs when complete.
Bank Dismantling to Resume (NY Times, Oct 12, 2007)
35 Arrested for Fire Code Issues In Past Three Months (NY Post, Oct 11, 2007)
Greenpoint Residents Complain of Increased Sewage Smell (AM New York, Oct 11, 2007)
Mayor Kicks Off Tree Planting (NY Sun, Oct 10, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off his campaign to bring 1 million trees to New York over the next decade by planting a Carolina Silverbell on a street corner in the Bronx yesterday. The program, Million Trees NYC, is designed to expand the city's urban forest by 20 percent and in the process make the air cleaner, raise property values, save energy and keep hot streets cool.
City Wins Bike Friendly Award (Daily News, Oct 9, 2007)
Clean Streets Get Break From Parking Rules (NY Post, Oct 9, 2007)
Homeowners May Be Forced To Plant Trees (NY Sun, Oct 5, 2007)
In an attempt to help the city meet Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to plant an additional 1 million trees by 2030, the city is proposing that homeowners building additions or conversions to their property be mandated to plant a new tree.
Inspections After WTC Fire Uncover Over 120 violations Around City (Associated Press, Oct 5, 2007)
Gonohorrea and Lead Found in Tests on Gowanus Canal (Green Brooklyn, Oct 4, 2007)
Council Goes Fishing (NY Sun, Oct 3, 2007)
Company Plans to Update Power Plant in South Brooklyn (Crain's, Oct 2, 2007)
City Agrees to Release Water From Delaware River Reservoirs (NY Times, Oct 2, 2007)
Residents Around Jamaica Rezoning Concerned About Sewer Infrastructure (Times-Ledger, Oct 2, 2007)
Fresh Direct Responds to Environmental Critics (StreetsBlog, Oct 2, 2007)
The grocery delivery service, in response to critics, will begin using biodiesel for all of their trucks and will reduce the packaging for their shipments.
City to Cut Nitrogen Releases Into Jamaica Bay Wetlands (Courier-Life, Sep 28, 2007)
Fouled Creek’s Improvement Inspires a Site for Respite (NY Times, Sep 27, 2007)
Subcontractor Cut Standpipe by Accident (NY Times, Sep 27, 2007)
State Sought Help Before Fatal Ground Zero Fire (Associated Press, Sep 27, 2007)
Deutsche Demolition Probed for Mob Connections (Daily News, Sep 27, 2007)
Council Increases Fines for Stealing Recyclables (NY Times, Sep 26, 2007)
New Penalties for Stealing Recyclables (NY Post, Sep 26, 2007)
The City Council stiffened fines yesterday for people who pilfer recyclables from sidewalks in order to sell them.
Flooding Probed by Council (Times-Ledger, Sep 25, 2007)
42 Feet of Standpipe Is Said to Be Missing (NY Times, Sep 21, 2007)
Dangerous Incidents Pile Up at Deutsche Bank (Daily News, Sep 18, 2007)
Some 9/11 Suits Settle (NY Sun, Sep 18, 2007)
Critics Call EPA Report on Newtown Creek Not Thorough (NY Sun, Sep 13, 2007)
Brooklyn Oil Spill Maybe Bigger Than Previously Thought (Daily News, Sep 13, 2007)
EPA Say Oil Spill Bigger Than Previously Thought (Associated Press, Sep 13, 2007)
Subsistence Farming, Brooklyn Style (New York Magazine, Sep 12, 2007)
EPA Blasts Development Corporation (Newsday, Sep 11, 2007)
Accuracy of 9/11 Health Reports Is Questioned (NY Times, Sep 7, 2007)
9/11’s Toxic Cloud (Village Voice, Sep 5, 2007)
Deutsche Bank Contractor Has History of Problems (Daily News, Sep 4, 2007)
Croton Water Plant Called a Monstrous Boondoggle (Daily News, Sep 4, 2007)
EPA Calls for Sealing of Damaged Tower (NY Times, Aug 31, 2007)
State Agency Sought to Ease Deutsche Cleanup Plan (Daily News, Aug 31, 2007)
Mayor: City Doesn't Want ‘To Scare' Bovis Away (NY Sun, Aug 31, 2007)
UN Inspectors Find Chemical in UN Office (NY 1, Aug 31, 2007)
Deutsche Bank Contractor Meets with Angry Community Residents (Newsday, Aug 30, 2007)
Giuliani Ex-Aide Works for Firm on Demolition (NY Sun, Aug 29, 2007)
Former Firefighter Says FDNY Knew Dangers Of Deutsche Bank Building (NY 1, Aug 29, 2007)
DEUTSCHE MEMO WAS 'IGNORED' (NY Post, Aug 29, 2007)
Did Deutsche contractor break 'full-time' safety vow? (, Aug 29, 2007)
Flood-Soaked Queens Blames Development, Lagging Sewers and Climate Change (NY Times, Aug 29, 2007)
Fire Officials Reassigned in Blaze Fallout (NY Times, Aug 28, 2007)
Scaffolding Executive to Stay on Building Demolition (NY Post, Aug 28, 2007)
Back to Beginning: Seeking Contractor for a Difficult Job (NY Times, Aug 24, 2007)
Two Firefighters Are Hurt at Site of Fire (Newsday, Aug 24, 2007)
A Portrait of the General Contractor for Bank Demolition (NY Sun, Aug 24, 2007)
Behind 9/11 Demolition Work, Obscure Name and Slim Record (NY Times, Aug 23, 2007)
Fire Dept. Did Not Inspect Pipe in Doomed Building (NY Times, Aug 23, 2007)
Ex-Demolition Boss Warned of Safety Lapses (Daily News, Aug 23, 2007)
City Council Bill Would Take Out City's Styrofoam (NY Sun, Aug 23, 2007)
Congestion Pricing Panel Members Named (NY Sun, Aug 22, 2007)
Most Panel Members Support Congestion Pricing (NY Times, Aug 22, 2007)
A commission heavy with advocates of congestion pricing was named yesterday to study Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s traffic-cutting proposal and present a recommendation to state and city lawmakers.
Prosecutors Probe Fire (NY Sun, Aug 22, 2007)
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is launching a criminal investigation into the deaths of two firefighters in Saturday's fire at the former Deutsche Bank building across the street from ground zero.
Critics Fault Fire Department Decisions at Bank Building Fire (NY Times, Aug 22, 2007)
Some experts are questioning Saturday’s response to the fire at the Deutsche Bank building, noting that, at one point, more than 100 firefighters were inside the building even though the fire was out of control and wildly unpredictable — and no workers were trapped inside.
Residents Worry About Air After Fire (Newsday, Aug 22, 2007)
Angry residents confronted public officials last night, asking how Saturday's devastating fire at the Deutsche Bank building could have happened -- and how they can be protected.
Inspectors Find Pipe Problems in Deutsche Bank Building (NY Times, Aug 21, 2007)
State Law Takes On City Circulars (AM New York, Aug 21, 2007)
The Battle to Build New Schools (City Limits, Aug 21, 2007)
Spitzer Seeks Federal Aid for Storm Victims (Newsday, Aug 21, 2007)
High Volume of City Garbage Still Goes Through Bronx (AM New York, Aug 16, 2007)
The mayor announced Monday that all household garbage shipped out of the Bronx is now being transported by rail rather than truck. But some activists charge that a high volume of city waste still passes through the Bronx and say the city is still using trucks, rather than more environmentally friendly means such as barges, to ship trash from Manhattan and Queens to waste facilities in the Bronx.
Washington Gives New Yorkers Mixed Signals on Driving to Work (NY Times, Aug 16, 2007)
Bloomberg, Spitzer Unveil ‘Green Housing’ in Bronx (NY Post, Aug 15, 2007)
Washington Sets Conditions on Traffic Aid (NY Times, Aug 15, 2007)
The federal government said it would give the city $354 million to fight traffic. While the city welcomed the announcement, it was far short of the $500 million Mayor Michael Bloomberg had hoped for. In addition the federal Transportation Department said the city would get virtually no funds unless the state government approves a plan to reduce traffic by next March.
Silver Sounds Caution on Congestion Pricing (NY Sun, Aug 15, 2007)
Just hours after federal officials awarded the city $354.5 million in federal funds to help finance a pay-to-drive-in-Manhattan scheme, the speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, yesterday warned that Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal had high hurdles to clear.
Congestion Pricing to Get Federal Boost (NY Times, Aug 14, 2007)
Judge: Con Ed Must Save Evidence From Steam Blast (Newsday, Aug 14, 2007)
Clogged Drains Caused Subway Flooding (Daily News, Aug 14, 2007)
Sidewalk Collapses in Midtown (AM New York, Aug 14, 2007)
When It Rains, Sewage Often Pours Into Harbor (NY Times, Aug 13, 2007)
Besides flooding subways, the wild downpour this week provided a disconcerting glimpse into one of New York’s dirtiest environmental secrets: heavy rain regularly overwhelms the city’s vast sewage system and pushes polluted water into places it is not supposed to go.
Landmarking a Sewage Treatment Plant (New York Magazine, Aug 7, 2007)
New York Marshes Vanishing Fast, Study Says (Reuters, Aug 3, 2007)
Bloomberg’s SUV/Subway Commute (NY Times, Aug 1, 2007)
He is public transportation’s loudest cheerleader, boasting that he takes the subway “virtually every day.” But Mayor Michael Bloomberg rides in a SUV for a quarter of his commute to City Hall, bypassing a local subway station and a mere five minute walk from his home.
Mayor’s Tree Proposal Requires Help From Residents (NY Sun, Aug 1, 2007)
To accomplish Mayor Bloomberg's goal of planting 1 million new trees throughout the five boroughs by 2030, the city is counting on New York residents to do about half the work and foot a large chunk of the bill.
Taxis Go Green, But Not Handicap Accessible (City Limits, Aug 1, 2007)
EPA Backs Quality of City Water (Metro, Jul 31, 2007)
Greening New York's Sewer System (City Limits, Jul 26, 2007)
Congestion Plan Now a Test for Quinn (NY Sun, Jul 24, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan will be a political test for the speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, who now must take on the responsibility of shepherding the proposal through the 51-member council despite anticipated opposition.
Congestion Pricing U-Turn Likely (Daily News, Jul 19, 2007)
Fight to Save Congestion Pricing Continues (Daily News, Jul 18, 2007)
Intense back-room talks went deep into the night in Albany yesterday as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides tried to save his ambitious but politically sticky plan to charge drivers to enter parts of Manhattan.
Bloomberg Condemns 9/11 Suit (, Jul 18, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg said sickened Ground Zero workers who filed suit yesterday for not getting adequate compensation "just don't know the facts." The workers' lawsuit seeks compensation from several parties, including Bloomberg and the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Co., which is supposed to provide money to treat people exposed to toxic dust at Ground Zero.
Assembly Speaker Stalls Congestion Pricing Plan (Daily News, Jul 13, 2007)
Attorney General Urges Closer Look at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant License (NY Post, Jul 13, 2007)
9/11 EMTs Request Benefits (NY Post, Jul 12, 2007)
(Daily News, Jul 11, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers to enter Manhattan got new life in Albany late yesterday when its chief skeptic, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, agreed to start talks about the proposal. Silver met with Governor Eliot Spitzer and later sat down with Senate Majority Leader Joe to discuss several issues, including congestion pricing, sources confirmed.
Congestion Pricing Compromise Sought (NY Sun, Jul 11, 2007)
With the chances for legislative approval of the congestion pricing proposal looking dim, Governor Eliot Spitzer and lawmakers are weighing a compromise that would fall short of fully authorizing the idea but ensure that New York does not forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars in federal transportation funds, Albany sources said.
Con Ed Asks for Power Conservation (Crain's, Jul 10, 2007)
Mayor Leads Times Square Rally for Congestion Plan (Daily News, Jul 6, 2007)
Congestion Ads Emerge that Link Emissions with Asthma (Daily News, Jul 5, 2007)
New Noise Code Takes Effect on Sunday (NY Post, Jun 29, 2007)
Congestion Pricing Would Help Subways, NYC Transit Chief Says (Metro, Jun 27, 2007)
Mayor's 10 Step Green Plan (Daily News, Jun 26, 2007)
Everyone's fussing about global warming and environmental degradation, but what can the average New Yorker do to help the city - and the planet? Mayor Bloomberg launched a $3.2 million ad campaign that lists 10 "small steps, big strides" that New Yorkers can take to combat global warming. (NY Post)
Albany Ends Session Without Action on Congestion Pricing (NY Post, Jun 22, 2007)
Congestion Plan Revived in Albany (Daily News, Jun 21, 2007)
City Beats Challenge on Waste Center (NY Sun, Jun 21, 2007)
For the second time in a year, the city has fended off a lawsuit challenging its plan to build a waste transfer station on East 91st Street and the East River.
Congestion Pricing Dead -- At Least For Now -- Assembly Democrats Say (NY Post, Jun 20, 2007)
As Threats Mounts, Communities Fight to Save Their Gardens (City Limits, Jun 20, 2007)
Congestion Pricing in Slow Lane in Albany (Daily News, Jun 19, 2007)
Quinn Supports Congestion Pricing Plan (NY Sun, Jun 19, 2007)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn came out in favor of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan on the same day another likely 2009 mayoral contender, Rep. Anthony Weiner, denounced it.
Air Samples From City's Worst Asthma Zones Analysed (Daily News, Jun 18, 2007)
As legislators debate Mayor Bloomberg's congestion-pricing plan, air-pollution samples collected by the Daily News across the city highlight another side of the debate: how the city's clogged streets impact New Yorkers' health.
It's Not Easy Being a Green Mayor (NY Post, Jun 15, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg took the subway yesterday to a news conference about a new green-car initiative - but he also brought along his SUV.
Bronx President to Endorse Congestion Plan (Daily News, Jun 14, 2007)
Steering Committee Calls Congestion Pricing "Unpassable" (NY Post, Jun 14, 2007)
Bloomberg (NY Sun, Jun 14, 2007)
Council Seeks To Revise Litter Fine Times (NY Sun, Jun 14, 2007)
The City Council wants to revise the times that the city can issue tickets to homeowners for having litter in front of their homes, contending that it's unfair to give fines in the middle of the day when New Yorkers are not even home.
Assembly Will Not Approve Congestion Pricing (Daily News, Jun 13, 2007)
City Pursues Solar Panels (NY Post, Jun 12, 2007)
Getting greener by the day, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city is looking for a private developer willing to front the money to retro-fit 20 to 50 municipal buildings with solar panels.
Mayor's Farm Aid Announcement Suggests National Aim (NY Sun, Jun 12, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg's announcement that the city is hosting this year's annual Farm Aid concert suggests that he has moved beyond New York City voters and is trying to appeal to a more national audience.
Bush Aide Boosts Bloomberg (Daily News, Jun 7, 2007)
Toxic Stew Threatens to Surface in Brooklyn (New York Magazine, Jun 6, 2007)
Transportation Commissioner Considers Closing Central Park to Cars for Summer (NY Post, Jun 6, 2007)
Universities Sign on to Mayor's Green Plan (NY Post, Jun 5, 2007)
New York Ranks 46th for Greenhouse Gases Generated Per Person (NY Post, Jun 4, 2007)
Breathe easier, New Yorkers - residents of the Empire State have smaller carbon footprints than those of people in 45 other states, a study shows. The state ranks 46th in the amount of greenhouse...
Cost for Bronx Water Filtratio Plant Skyrockets (Daily News, May 31, 2007)
n 2004, the city decided to build a water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park, arguing it was cheaper than other locations. But the the cost of the project has skyrocketed from $1.3 billion to $2.1 billion - and that may just be the start.
Whitman to Testify on Air Quality at Ground Zero After 9/11 (NY Post, May 21, 2007)
New York and 15 Cities To Slash Energy Consumption With Green Technology (Daily News, May 17, 2007)
New York will join 15 cities across the globe in a program spearheaded by former President Bill Clinton to slash energy consumption by upgrading buildings with green technology.
Former EPA Chief Refuses to Testify on Air at Ground Zero (Daily News, May 16, 2007)
Bloomberg Calls on Cities to Fight Global Warming (NY Times, May 16, 2007)
Speaking at an international summit on climate change n New York City yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the solution to global warming lay with the world’s mayors. Bloomberg argued that cities, which are responsible for 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, must take the lead in addressing issues where national governments have not.
City Hosts Environmental Conference for World's Urban Leaders (NY Post, May 15, 2007)
New York (Daily News, May 14, 2007)
Bloomberg Lobbies for PlaNYC (, May 14, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg heads to Albany this afternoon to lobby state leaders on his plaNYC proposals to make Big Apple cleaner, healthier and more livable for an estimated million more residents by 2030.
Recycling Crackdown (NY Post, May 12, 2007)
The city is launching a crackdown on building owners whose employees flout recycling laws and will issue fines to repeat offenders, officials said.
Toxic Chemical Found in Queens Water Supply (Daily News, May 10, 2007)
Rating NYC (New York Magazine, May 9, 2007)
Brooklyn Named Most Paved-Over Place in Nation (Daily News, May 4, 2007)
Hudson River Barge Aims to Educate New Yorkers About Urban Farming (Metro, May 4, 2007)
The (, May 2, 2007)
Report: Recycling Could Cost Less Than Disposal (NY Sun, May 2, 2007)
Recycling in New York could cost less than trash disposal if the practice was expanded and more types of materials were eligible for recycling, a report released yesterday by the New York City Independent Budget Office said.
NYC Air Quality Gets Worse (Daily News, May 1, 2007)
Bloomberg Says Weiner Too Quick to Oppose Congestion Pricing Plan (Daily News, May 1, 2007)
City's Air Is More Polluted Than Last Year, Report Says (NY Post, Apr 30, 2007)
A report scheduled for release by the American Lung Association tomorrow will show New York City's air is even more polluted than it was last year.
Despite Plans to Save Energy, City Offices Don (Daily News, Apr 25, 2007)
Spitzer Presents Energy Plan (NY Sun, Apr 20, 2007)
Mayor to Present Long-Term Plan for City (NY Times, Apr 20, 2007)
With New York’s population expected to grow by one million in two decades, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will present on Sunday a number of ambitious and sometimes controversial proposals to ease traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, build housing, improve mass transit and develop abandoned industrial land. Among more than 100 proposals, he is expected to advocate charging drivers to enter the busiest sections of Manhattan, using zoning and tax incentives to encourage construction of 250,000 homes. He also is expected to call for rebates and other enticements to make buildings more energy-efficient and for the creation of a public authority to identify and raise money for infrastructure improvements.
Bloomberg May Propose Congestion Pricing (Daily News, Apr 20, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg is exploring the possibility of endorsing a controversial initiative that would charge motorists as much as $8 to enter Manhattan below 86th St., sources familiar with the plan said yesterday.
Earth Day Timing Could Affect Pedicab Vote (NY Sun, Apr 18, 2007)
It may be a coincidence that Earth Day is a day before a City Council vote to cap the number of pedicabs allowed in the city, but the unusual timing could prove invaluable to the bicycle taxi industry.
The City's "Greenest" Food Business (New York Magazine, Apr 13, 2007)
Western Queens Carries Increasing Toxic Burden (NY Sun, Apr 12, 2007)
City Releases Study of Greenhouse Gases (NY Times, Apr 11, 2007)
Laying the groundwork for a plan to reduce the production of greenhouse gases in the city, the Bloomberg administration released a study yesterday showing that New York’s roughly 950,000 buildings are responsible for a vast majority of the city’s carbon dioxide emissions.
Group Sues to Block City School Plan in the Bronx (Metro, Apr 10, 2007)
Skyfarming for Food (New York Magazine, Apr 4, 2007)
City Makes New Push for Recycling in Public Places (NY Sun, Mar 29, 2007)
Administration Goes on the Road for a Sustainable New York (Metro, Mar 14, 2007)
How the Graffiti Crackdown Sent One Tagger to Jail (Village Voice, Mar 2, 2007)
Bill Would Set Penalties for Wasting Energy (NY Sun, Feb 26, 2007)
City business owners one day could face fines if they leave open windows or doors while air-conditioning systems are running. "Every single summer, when it's warm, we get calls from residents on the West Side asking why doors are open when air conditioners are working," the City Council member who introduced the bill, Gale Brewer, who represents the Upper West Side and Clinton, said. "It is an environmental issue."
Mayor Backs Higher Fine for Poop-Scoop Law Violators (, Feb 23, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed a state bill that proposes hiking the fine for leaving your dog's excrement on a city street to $250 from $100. "The bottom line is the fines have to be large enough to deter the activity that you are trying to prevent," Bloomberg said. The Assembly passed a bill that authorized the city to increase the maximum penalty on dog walkers who leave behind the poop, but it still must be approved by the State Senate and Governor Eliot Spitzer.
9/11 Clinic Sees Patient Surge After High Profile Death (NY Post, Feb 8, 2007)
Energy Alternatives And Economic Growth (, Feb 8, 2007)
New York City must begin to change its energy consumption, conserving and focusing less on fossil fuel, according to "Repowring Gotham," a report by the NYC Apollo Alliance, which makes recommendations so that "the city can exchange its dangerous reliance on fossil fuels for a diversified energy portfolio, foster a new industrial sector within the regional economy and enhance the health and performance of our built environment through a sustainable development approach."
Manhattan Legislator Gets Tops State Environmental Post (Daily News, Jan 26, 2007)
Council Considers Ways to Cut Traffic, But Administration Says It (Metro, Jan 26, 2007)
Planned Housing Project in Bronx to Be Affordable (NY Times, Jan 17, 2007)
New Yorkers' Recycling Habits Leave Something to be Desired, Officials Claim (Daily News, Jan 11, 2007)
City Council Approves Building Schools on Polluted Bronx Site (Metro, Jan 10, 2007)
A Rotten Smell In Manhattan Raises Alarm And Questions (, Jan 9, 2007)
Council Seeks Crackdown on Motorcycle Noise (NY Post, Dec 15, 2006)
The City Council is considering several measures to curb noisy motorcycles but a Bloomberg administration official told a council committee yesterday that new laws on the issue would not be “necessary or useful.”
Bloomberg Sets Goals to Prepare for Population Boom (NY Sun, Dec 13, 2006)
A task force convened by Mayor Bloomberg to study the city’s growing needs has found that by 2030 the city’s roads, bridges, tunnels, subways, energy supply, housing, and water delivery system will all be at capacity if nothing is done. The mayor has outlined a set of goals to prepare the city for expected population growth. There was no price tag put on the combination of projects, but given the magnitude the costs will be many billions of dollars.
Council Passes Incentives for Green, Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (Daily News, Dec 7, 2006)
Taxi owners could save a bundle by switching to cabs that are clean burning or wheelchair accessible under a bill passed yesterday by the City Council. Cabs normally have to be replaced every three years, but the bill extends that mandatory retirement period to five years for cars that are accessible or green.
MTA Gives $11M To Parks Dept. For Use Of Playground To Start Constructing Second Avenue Subway (Metro, Dec 5, 2006)
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will pay $11 million to the Parks Dept. for the use of a playground at 96th Street to serve as a staging area for construction of the Second Avenue Subway. “We couldn’t build a new playground, because there isn’t any real estate available in a neighborhood like that,” said Joshua Laird, chief of planning for the Parks Dept. “So we’re fixing up other parks in the area that are going to receive more use.” Yet the three parks getting the money — Thomas Jefferson, Marcus Garvey and Harlem River Park — are between 16 to 31 blocks away from the Marx Brothers Playground at 96th and Second.
New York's Weather IS Getting Weirder (New York Magazine, Nov 21, 2006)
If it seems like the city has been getting hotter for years, it’s not your imagination: Six of the top-ten hottest summers in the city have occurred since 1990. (In fact, we haven’t had a top-ten coolest summer since 1927.) But our summers aren’t the only extreme weather, because our winters have been breaking records in precisely the other direction. The last four winters have all had snowfalls way above average, a string that we haven’t seen since the 1800s. Worse, that record-breaking snow is coming in huge dumps—not a flake in the sky for months and months, then a huge blizzard that sweeps through town, brings the city to a halt, and vanishes a week later. The weather isn’t just getting harsher: It’s getting weirder
Bloomberg Supports Alternative Energy Fuels From Ethanol (NY Post, Nov 18, 2006)
Tilting on behalf of windmills, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday came out in support of alternative energy fuels from ethanol to nuclear power to break the stranglehold of OPEC.
September 11-Related Lawsuits Make Central The Debate Over Connection Between Dust And Disease (NY Times, Oct 24, 2006)
Congress Members From NY Seek Action On Polluted Newton Creek (NY Times, Oct 17, 2006)
Bloomberg and Schwarzenegger (In NYC To Tout Environmental Initiatives) Become New Best Buddies (NY Times, Oct 17, 2006)
The odd-couple friendship of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — wealthy, moderate Republican businessmen who are holding their first elected offices and nurturing their national reputations — took another step forward yesterday with the California governor’s trip to New York. Mr. Schwarzenegger spent the day in Manhattan touting environmental initiatives and was the star attraction at a fund-raiser for his re-election campaign last night at the mayor’s town house.
One Construction Worker Killed, Five Injured, In Collapse Of Queens Building Cited For Violations (Daily News, Oct 9, 2006)
Flood Victims Sue City Over Reservoirs (Express-News, Sep 27, 2006)
Helicopter Survey Finds High Level of Radium in Staten Island Park (Daily News, Sep 22, 2006)
Court Rules in Favor of Upper East Side Garbage Facility (NY Sun, Sep 20, 2006)
Brooklyn Bridge Rusts, Awaiting Its First Paint Job Since 1991 (NY Sun, Aug 29, 2006)
Heat Wave Probably Caused Far More Deaths Than The Official Count Of 31, Experts Argue (NY Times, Aug 18, 2006)
At Start Of Blackout, Con Ed Faced Critical Choice on Shutdown (, Jul 25, 2006)
At a command center near Union Square in Manhattan, top managers at the utility had to choose: keep the power running and take the risk of causing more damage to the system, or shut down the network serving western and northern Queens, guaranteeing a wide blackout but one that could likely be resolved quickly… they kept the power on, the trouble spread, and eventually up to 100,000 residents of Queens were plunged into as long as eight days of sweltering darkness. Far more people, four to five times as many, would have lost power had the entire local network gone down, but the misery of the more limited blackout has lasted much longer than it probably would have in a controlled shutdown. That choice will be a focus of the investigations into the blackout’s causes.
Ground Zero Workers, Victims Of Government Inaction, Suffer Ill Health (Daily News, Jul 25, 2006)
Heat Wave Highlights City Energy Needs (NY Sun, Jul 19, 2006)
City Opens 400 Cooling Stations to Deal with Heat Wave (Daily News, Jul 17, 2006)
Mayor Unveils New Hurricane Evacuation Plan (Daily News, Jun 29, 2006)
Council Seeks To Mandate Cut in Carbon Dioxide Emissions (NY Sun, Jun 22, 2006)
Piggybacking on a renewed national focus on global warming, the City Council is looking to enact a far-reaching bill that would impose ambitious targets for the city to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020.
Warm Weather Prompts Air Quality Advisory (NY 1, Jun 19, 2006)
Bioterror Funds For NYC Slated To Be Cut Too, By 15 Percent (Daily News, Jun 5, 2006)
City Looking to Undermine 9/11 Health Claims, Doctors and Unions Charge (Daily News, Jun 2, 2006)
New Yorkers Not Ready For An Emergency (AM New York, May 23, 2006)
Lawmakers Want Campaign Against Tree-Killing Beetles (Metro, May 22, 2006)
Tracing Lung Ailments That Rose With 9/11 Dust (NY Times, May 15, 2006)
As they push their investigation into the health risks to workers in the recovery and cleanup operations at ground zero, medical detectives are focusing on a group of lung diseases that can lead to long-term disabilities and, in some cases, death. After nearly five years, it is still too early for these doctors, scientists and forensic pathologists to say with certainty whether any long-term cancer threat came with exposure to the toxic cloud unleashed by the trade center collapse. But there are already clear signs that the dust, smoke and ash that responders breathed in have led to an increase in diseases that scar the lungs and reduce their capacity to take in and let out air
City to Limit Car Traffic in Central Park and Prospect Park (NY Times, May 9, 2006)
Residents Fear Improper Demolition Of (Metro, May 9, 2006)
Suit Filed Over Oil Spill in Greenpoint (Village Voice, Apr 26, 2006)
Concern About Toxins Delays Razing of Building Near Ground Zero (Newsday, Apr 19, 2006)
More 9/11 Bone Fragments Found on Rooftop (Newsday, Apr 17, 2006)
Backup Generators Makes City (NY Times, Apr 10, 2006)
Council Members Urge Fines for Street Shocks (Daily News, Apr 5, 2006)
A day after a 30-year-old man was jolted by electricity on a Tribeca street, three City Council members said Con Ed should pay fines when its voltage shocks pedestrians.
How a New York Power Plant Doesn't Get Built (NY Sun, Mar 30, 2006)
Union Threatens Strike Against Giant Garbage Company (Village Voice, Mar 29, 2006)
City Wants to Buy More Land in Upstate Watershed (Kingston Daily Freeman, Mar 27, 2006)
Dirtiest Air Found in New York (Daily News, Mar 23, 2006)
You might want to breath carefully: The polluted air in New York State is the deadliest in the nation, federal officials said yesterday.
City Takes Steps to Balance Its Water Needs with Flood Protection Upstate (NY Times, Mar 16, 2006)
Fire Department Investigates Brush Fires in Staten Island (Metro, Mar 16, 2006)
Con Ed Finds 1,214 Stray Voltage Sites in One Year (NY Times, Mar 6, 2006)
Deal Reached To Clean Up Toxic Bronx Site (NY Times, Mar 4, 2006)
For more than 40 years, Hexagon Laboratories made pharmaceuticals on a quiet stretch of Peartree Avenue not far from Co-op City in the Bronx. When the company abandoned the site in 1989, it left behind thousands of gallons of toxic waste. After years of community agitation and the discovery that the lot was littered with carcinogens, explosives and poisons like cyanide, the state attorney general's office announced last week that it had reached a settlement with companies involved in Hexagon's business or its chemical operations at the site: they will pay about two-thirds of the $9 million cleanup cost.
A Look At The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Along 14 Miles Of Waterfront (Metropolis Magazine, Feb 28, 2006)
A Storm For The Record Books -- And A Cleanup To Match (NY Times, Feb 13, 2006)
To clear the 6,300 miles of city streets, the city deployed 2,200 sanitation trucks rigged as snow plows, 76 Department of Transportation plows, and 350 salt spreaders that doubled as plows and dropped more than 50,000 tons of salt. It also put 2,500 sanitation workers on 12-hour shifts and canceled vacation and personal days; hired temporary workers to shovel bus stops and crosswalks; added a fifth man to each Fire Department engine; and sent 25 front-end loaders and 30 dump trucks to scoop up snow and cart it away.
Feds Misled Public About Air Quality After 9/11, Judge Says (Associated Press, Feb 3, 2006)
City Gives Grants to Dozens of Community Environmental Projects (Newsday, Jan 27, 2006)
Q And A With Ben Jervey, Author Of (Metro, Jan 17, 2006)
Majora Carter (Metropolis Magazine, Jan 4, 2006)
New Laws Go Into Effect With The New Year (Daily News, Jan 3, 2006)
State laws that went into effect with the new year include a hike in the state's minimum wage law, increase in minimum age for operating personal watercraft (Jet Skis) from 10 to 14, and new controls in lobbying. New city laws include a ban on noise-making for moving Mister Softee trucks, ban on people under 21 from purchasing graffiti paraphernalia, new city construction required to be built using enviornmentall sound principles, etc.
Bloomberg Signs Noise Bill And 26 Others (Daily News, Dec 30, 2005)
In a marathon two-hour session, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday signed 27 bills ranging from the controversial new noise code and street renamings to strict anti-graffiti legislation
The EPA (Village Voice, Dec 21, 2005)
City Council Hears Changes To Noise Code, Still No Vote (NY Times, Dec 15, 2005)
The city wants to make it easier to enforce laws that restrict noise in the city, and has proposed a new code that covers everything from iPods to Mister Softee trucks to barking dogs. A sticking point has been how to regulate sound coming out of city bars and nightclubs.
Federal Agency Plans More Tests for Dust in Lower Manhattan (Newsday, Dec 14, 2005)
The federal agency will proceed with new tests for toxic dust in lower Manhattan.
New Plan for River Park in Brooklyn (Metro, Dec 14, 2005)
A plan to turn a swath of the Brooklyn waterfront into an Olmstead-like park became clearer last night when the park's designer unveiled a new model of the plan. It includes basketball courts, piers for kayaks and even space for a farmer's market under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Environmental Hazards in the Schools (Gotham Gazette, Dec 12, 2005)
Mysterious Maple Syrup Smell Returns to City (Newsday, Dec 9, 2005)
New York's Two-Year-Old Brownfield Cleanup Program Is Disappointing Environmentalists Et Al (NY Times, Dec 5, 2005)
EPA to Scale Back Testing Near Ground Zero (Washington Post, Nov 30, 2005)
Mayor And Council Rushing To Toughen Noise Code (Daily News, Nov 29, 2005)
Old Oil Spill In Greenpoint Prompts New Lawsuit (NY Times, Nov 1, 2005)
New Stillwell Avenue Subway Station Relies On Solar Power (, Oct 31, 2005)
The Stillwell Avenue station has been heralded as a revolutionary design thanks to its extensive use of solar power -- a rarity in municipal transportation services in the United States. On a sunny day, 60,000 square feet of integrated solar paneling on its roof can generate 210 kilowatts of power, enough to meet two-thirds of the station's energy requirements. The solar energy doesn't run the trains, but is expected to contribute approximately 250,000 solar kilowatt hours per year to the station's other energy needs -- primarily lighting and air conditioning in the station and its attached offices and retail stores.
Truce At "Toxic" High School: Officials Agree To Re-Test (, Oct 28, 2005)
After years of legal wrangling over the fate of a South Bronx high school built on contaminated land, the city's Department of Education (DOE) has agreed to re-test for toxins inside the school and to form a task force to help address the problem.
Oyster Beds: After Eight Decades, It Is Time To Bring Them Back To New York (, Oct 28, 2005)
there haven't been any oyster beds to reopen in Manhattan since 1927, when city health officials closed the last one, off Staten Island, to prevent the spread of typhoid. ..Once, all five boroughs and the islands in the harbor had been famous for their oyster beds.Some biologists have estimated that 17th-century New York Harbor may have contained half of the world's oysters
Newtown Creek Advocates Score Another Victory Against Pollution (, Oct 28, 2005)
Newtown Creek advocates won another victory in the battle against pollution last Thursday, when Congress passed legislation that would require an extensive study of the polluted waterway. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote, would require the Coast Guard to conduct a study within one year to determine the public health risks of pollution from an oil spill in the creek.
Underwater Power Producing Turbines Planned for East River (Daily News, Oct 24, 2005)
School Buses May Foul Air for Many Years (NY Times, Oct 11, 2005)
New York City's fleet of 6,200 yellow school buses is the largest in the country by far. And despite recent efforts to clean up the most polluting buses in the fleet, it may still be one of the dirtiest
Speeding Boats And Heavy Ferry Traffic Cause Wave-Inflicted Damage On Waterfront Businesses (Daily News, Oct 11, 2005)
State Senate Democrats Criticize Energy Plan (, Sep 23, 2005)
As the State Senate was called back into session Tuesday, State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called upon the federal government to address the growing energy crisis, which has resulted in swelling gas prices and fears of a costly winter heating season. “The fact is that rapidly escalating oil prices have drained billions of dollars from New York’s economy, in a massive transfer of wealth from working New Yorkers to big oil companies,” stated Sen. Krueger. “If the cost of oil and gas remain at these incredibly high levels, the costs of almost all consumer products and all sectors of our state’s economy will be negatively impacted. While Hurricane Katrina did highlight the energy crisis for all Americans, we must take a very serious look at long-term proposals that seek to solve the ongoing problems that we face.” The Senate is reconvening in order to vote on a variety of legislation that would grant tax credits and cap the sales tax on gas prices. The Assembly has been holding a series of hearings on the energy crisis and have no plans to reconvene until January.
Taxi Commission Expected to Approve Hybrid Cabs (Newsday, Sep 8, 2005)
Activists, Workers Fight EPA Over Effects of 9/11 Dust (Village Voice, Sep 7, 2005)
11,000 Students Request Transfers From Failing Schools (Double Last Year), Though Few Are Honored (Daily News, Aug 23, 2005)
WTC Families Sue to Move Remains from Fresh Kills (Daily News, Aug 18, 2005)
Mayor and Council Blame Each Other for Lack of Action on Noise Code (Newsday, Aug 18, 2005)
Speculation Continues on How Snakehead Fish Ended up in Flushing Lake (Newsday, Aug 12, 2005)
Vicious Predator Fish Found In Queens Lake (NY Times, Aug 9, 2005)
NYC Tap Water Is Not Free (NY Times, Jul 5, 2005)
Power Outlook Brighter Since 2003 Blackout (, Jul 3, 2005)
The city will coast through the summer without power disruptions and more than enough juice to meet demand, according to forecasts by regulatory and utility experts. More than 3.1 million customers in the city and Westchester will enjoy a 10% power supply cushion over predicted peak demand of 13,025 megawatts on the hottest days, according to Con Edison spokesman Joseph Petta.
Boil Your Tap Water Today, City Advises (Muddy Runoff Contaminated One Of The City (Daily News, Jul 1, 2005)
Mayor Blocked On Trash Plan (, Jun 9, 2005)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's ambitious 20-year plan to ship the city's garbage away by barge was dealt a stinging setback yesterday in a City Council vote. It was the mayor's second major defeat this week on a signature initiative of his administration. The Council's vote blocking the mayor's plan will effectively stall it but does not kill it, since he can veto the Council's decision. Council leaders believe they will have the votes to override any veto, though.
Queens Residents Speak Out In Support Of (, Mar 31, 2005)
Several Southeast Queens residents spoke out at a public hearing in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning, pushing for the adoption of a new waste management plan that would redistribute the city’s trash-handling burden to all five boroughs.
Watershed towns, NYC talk it out (, Mar 31, 2005)
Observers say Lynette Stark, the state's acting environmental commissioner, may have best summed up the need for a better relationship between New York City and its watershed towns at a recent summit conference in Newburgh.
MacNeil coast toxins on par with brownfields: Experts (, Mar 3, 2005)
The environmental scientists who tested the College Point waterfront property that has been the focus of much scrutiny and political attention in recent weeks have found that contamination levels at the site are comparable with that of a brownfield.
Con-Ed to remove old plant after two decades (, Mar 3, 2005)
Two decades after closing an electricity substation in Maspeth, Con Edison plans to remove the last of the toxic legacy that its operation left behind.
Maspeth Company Charged With Polluting Newtown Creek (, Mar 3, 2005)
The chief executive officer of a Maspeth concrete company was indicted in Brooklyn Supreme Court last week on charges of polluting Newtown Creek, the waterway between Brooklyn and Queens.
Here's the dirt: City streets need cleanup (, Mar 3, 2005)
The sights and smells of Arthur Ave. in the Bronx assault the senses in the worst way. Cans, bottles and other refuse were scattered over dirt-caked snow.
$74M contract for deepening Arthur Kill goes to N.J. firm (, Jan 25, 2005)
A New Jersey-based dredging company has been awarded a $74 million contract to dredge a portion of the Arthur Kill, the Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday.
Balmy temps chagrin Bears (, Jan 25, 2005)
Members of polar bear clubs are always grumbling that the water is not cold enough for their annual New Year's Day dip in the Atlantic.
How The Fifth Avenue Co-Op Board Was Able To Destroy The Hawk's Nest (, Dec 11, 2004)
At the very least, the destruction of the nest built over many years by the red-tailed hawk known as Pale Male serves as reminder of an immutable force, perhaps peculiar to New York City: the power of a co-op board -- in this case the one at 927 Fifth Avenue.
Central Park is going greener and cleaner - with fewer cars and a lower speed limit. (, Nov 22, 2004)
To make more space for runners, skaters and wildlife lovers, the city is launching a new phased-in overhaul of the park's traffic pattern. Look for a new 25-mph speed limit, down from 30 mph, and fewer vehicle entrances. You will need at least one passenger to use the park's West Drive, between Lenox Ave. and Seventh Ave., during the morning rush hour. And starting Jan. 3, the park will be closed altogether to vehicles from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Many Saw Free Air Conditioner in Post-9/11 Clean-Air Program (, Nov 11, 2004)
A federal audit released yesterday suggests that about 62 percent of the people who were reimbursed for air-quality products post 9/11 were not eligible, based on a sample of 4,435 applicants/
Mayor Says Development Plan is Dead at Flushing Airport Site (, Nov 11, 2004)
Saturday’s fifth rally against the city’s plans for the old Flushing Airport site turned into a victory celebration when it was announced that the mayor has halted the $175-million redevelopment project. Councilman Tony Avella, who has been leading the attack against the Economic Development Corporation’s project to turn the unused airport into a wholesale distribution center, was jubilant. “This is an example of when everyone works together what can happen. This was a united effort and I recognize everyone that participated.”
Natural drainage system on the South Shore passed the test of torrential rains last month (, Nov 11, 2004)
By anyone's standards, September was a wet month. But for some South Shore flooding hot spots, it was a serious test to see how the city's Bluebelt system would hold up under torrential downpours. And according to those used to taking complaints from angry residents -- occasionally up to their knees and hips in water during storms -- the Bluebelt passed with flying colors.
Bloomberg Announces New Plan for Garbage (, Oct 11, 2004)
Three years after the closing of the mammoth Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, the Bloomberg administration has drawn up a 20-year plan to deal with the city's residential waste by shipping the bulk of it elsewhere by barge.
From Diesel Fumes To Feathers, SE Queens Fights For Cleaner Air (, Oct 11, 2004)
As host to Queens’ largest inactive toxic waste spill, highest number of waste transfer stations, highest rate of asthma hospitalizations and an increasing number of live poultry markets next to private homes, Southeast Queens residents have good reason to be concerned about their environment.
Cleanup of former Queens refinery raises a stink (, Oct 11, 2004)
The cleanup of a former petroleum refinery and soda bottling plant on Queens' East River waterfront is raising a stink -- literally.
New Use for Waste Station Could Benefit Island Roads (, Oct 11, 2004)
Staten Islanders will benefit from a city plan to allow commercial waste to be processed at a Sanitation Department transfer station in Manhattan, according to Councilman Michael McMahon.
City Trash Plan Forgoes Trucks, Favoring Barges (, Oct 7, 2004)
hree years after the closing of the mammoth Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, the Bloomberg administration has drawn up a 20-year plan to deal with the city's residential waste by shipping the bulk of it elsewhere by barge
Democrats Seek Bigger Aid Rise to City Schools (, Jul 17, 2004)
Leading New York State Democrats presented their plan Wednesday to comply with a court order to improve New York City's schools, calling for the state to increase aid to the city schools by roughly $4 billion over the next five years, three times the amount of new state spending proposed by Gov. George E. Pataki only a week ago.
Newborns Are More Susceptible To DNA Damage From Pollution Than Their Mothers (, Jul 8, 2004)
A new study of the effects of combustion-related air pollutants in New York City reveals that babies in the womb are more susceptible than their mothers to DNA damage from such pollution. Despite the protection provided by the placenta, which reduces the fetal dose to an estimated one-tenth the dose of the mother, the levels of DNA damage in the newborns were similar to those found in their mothers.
House Approves Funding for Hurricane Protection Study (, Jul 8, 2004)
The House has approved funding to complete a $3 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers design study for a hurricane protection system proposed for flood-prone areas of the South Shore.
Esposito Center Faces Environmental Concerns (, Jul 8, 2004)
Esposito Builders, Inc. of Peekskill has applied to the Town of Pawling Planning Board for approval of their plan to build a new retail center on the west side of Route 22, between the southern town line and M&S of Pawling.
Bloomberg Seeks to Toughen Code for Noise in City (, Jun 16, 2004)
Bloomberg Seeks to Toughen Code for Noise in City Bloomberg proposed legislation to cope with the city's noise problem. Noise is the number one complaint on the city's 311 number, about 1,000 calls a day.
City Homeowners Catch Break On Litter Law (, Jun 8, 2004)
A new bill means New York City homeowners will only be ticketed for litter on their property for two hours every day. The City Council overrode a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pass the bill unanimously. Council members say the bill will give homeowners a chance to clean up before they're ticketed -- rather than allowing them to be fined for trash on their property when they're at work. Which two hours a day haven't been set yet.
Civilian Complaint Review Board Cites Improper Police Strip Searches (, Jun 1, 2004)
The independent city agency that investigates accusations of police abuse said yesterday that it had found evidence suggesting that officers may frequently be conducting inappropriate strip searches. It also said that officers and their supervisors are often unaware of Police Department procedures governing such searches.
City Agencies Agree on a Coordinated Response to Disasters (, Jun 1, 2004)
The Bloomberg administration announced yesterday that its emergency agencies had reached a formal agreement that details how they plan to coordinate their responses to major disasters, including everything from building collapses to biological attacks by terrorists.
Conservation groups seek more funding in mayor's budget (, May 20, 2004)
Eight organizations are pressing for increased emphasis on parks programs and education about recycling. Staten Island Advance
Evictions Down the Line With 2nd Ave. Subway (, May 20, 2004)
Nearly 400 people who live in the intended path of the East Side line are just now discovering they may lose their homes to the wrecking ball.
M.T.A. Agrees To Manage Private Buses In the City (, May 20, 2004)
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will take over the management of the private bus lines that serve the most far-flung corners of New York City, the mayor and governor announced yesterday.
The Far West Side: Transportation Needs and Impacts (In PDF Format) (, May 20, 2004)
Regional Plan Association report.
Finished, Finally! Recreation Center Planned in the 70's Opens in Chelsea (, May 19, 2004)
It was the depths of New York City's fiscal crisis of the 1970's, and one of the lesser-known casualties was a half-built public recreation center for the residents of Chelsea. It had been designed to give the children in the neighborhood's brownstones and public housing a place to splash, shoot baskets and escape the scorching asphalt of summer.
Lawn vs. Demonstrators (, May 19, 2004)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg lobbied hard to attract the Republican convention to New York this summer. Now it's coming, and with it swarms of protesters. The city is obliged to offer hospitality to both the conventioneers and the demonstrators. A group opposed to the Bush administration's policies has applied to hold a march and a rally in Central Park, but the city has turned down the request without offering a reasonable alternative site. The city's position shows a lack of respect for the First Amendment, and is an invitation to disorder.
Pataki Backs Tunnel Under the East River (, May 11, 2004)
Gov. George E. Pataki threw his political weight yesterday behind a plan to dig a new tunnel under the East River as part of a $6 billion rail link from downtown to Kennedy Airport and points east along the Long Island Rail Road.
Gut Feelings (, May 11, 2004)
Paris got purified in 1971. Will New York regret moving its smelly old markets?
Earth Day Lobby Day 2003 (from Environmental Advocates of NY) (, Mar 12, 2003)
From the website of the statewide environmental group Environmental Advocates. This group coordinates an annual lobby day in Albany. This year, the event takes place on April 28th (so you can make it to both City Hall and the State Capitol, if you so choose).
Taking Out the Trash: A New Direction for New York City's Waste (, Jan 20, 2003)
The Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods and the Consumer Policy Institute have worked to develop an Alternative Plan for managing New York City's solid waste that maximizes opportunities and minimizes problems.
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Response to September 11th (, Jan 11, 2003)
This site contains updated information on EPA's residential clean-up and testing program for lower Manhattan residences; from this site you can register for free clean-ups and air testing until December 28th, 2002.
Mulchfest - Drop Off Christmas Tree - Get Mulch (, Jan 2, 2003)
Although New York City is not collecting Christmas trees at curbside for recycling this year, you can bring your tree to one of the 40 parks sites listed here for tree mulching; as a token of thanks, you'll receive a a bag of wood chips.