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New legislation would track “forever chemicals” in public waterways
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New legislation would track “forever chemicals” in public waterways

Environmental groups Seneca Lake Guardian and Earthjustice joined state lawmakers Sen. Rachel May, D-Syracuse, and Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, on Monday to call for statewide action to ensure clean drinking water for residents.  Senator May also announced new legislation requiring annual testing for facilities that discharge water into […]

NYSUT report outlines pathway for safer schools and productive classrooms
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NYSUT report outlines pathway for safer schools and productive classrooms

With the new school year underway, the state’s largest teachers’ union released 13 recommendations aiming to cut down disruptive and violent events in schools. According to the New York State United Teachers, there are daily safety concerns for students and educators alike. Educators reported increased incidents of classroom disruptions and […]

Foley Square protestors decry mass incarceration and 1994 Crime Bill
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Foley Square protestors decry mass incarceration and 1994 Crime Bill

State Lawmakers, advocates, and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers all gathered in protest on the 28th anniversary of the 1994 Crime Bill signed into law by former President Bill Clinton. Among those present were Assemblywoman Amanda Septimo, D-Bronx; David Weprin, D-Queens; and freshmen Assemblyman Eddie Gibbs, D-Harlem. “The legacy of the […]

Governor declares state of emergency as polio cases continue to spread
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Governor declares state of emergency as polio cases continue to spread

As more cases of poliovirus are detected in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul issued an executive order on Friday declaring a state disaster emergency, increasing the availability of resources to protect New Yorkers against paralytic disease. In hopes of bolstering the immunization drive, the E.O. immediately expands the network of polio vaccine administrators […]

Legislature passes first statewide moratorium on cryptomining so DEC can study its impact
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Legislature passes first statewide moratorium on cryptomining so DEC can study its impact

In the final hours of session, the Legislature passed the nation’s first statewide moratorium on cryptomining. Grassroots environmental advocates — with a coalition of elected officials, small business owners, and winemakers — successfully beat back millions of dollars in lobbying from the crypto industry. Advocates and Assembly member Anna Kelles, […]