The Watchdog Is On the Road!

We’re going on the road

You know that the small staff of Environmental Advocates works hard to advance smart solutions to protect our environment, and we sound the alarm when decision-makers attempt to chip away at our hard-fought safeguards. You help us hold elected officials accountable for what they do – or don’t do – to protect our air, land, water and communities.

As part of a new initiative this August we’re mobilizing advocates like you in key legislative districts: get ready for Advocates’ Summer Camp! 

We have six events planned for mid- to late-August in Western and Central New York, the Hudson Valley, the Bronx and Long Island. We’ll be honoring champions of our environment, and shaming legislators who blocked common-sense protections.

We’ll start by honoring the work of our friend, Senator Phil Boyle at a family picnic for his tireless efforts to pass the Child Safe Products Act. This measure is as common-sense as they come – it identifies and stops the use of dangerous and untested toxic chemicals in children’s products. Thanks to the Senator’s efforts, we secured an incredible 37 cosponsors for a bill which needs only 32 votes to pass. Unfortunately, Senate chiefs Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Environmental Conservation Committee chair Mark Grisanti refused to let their colleagues take a vote.

It’s not all celebrations; we’ll be holding Senator Grisanti and Senator Klein accountable for their inaction with rallies in their districts.

We’ll also keep the pressure on lawmakers to take action to protect our waters and communities from fracking. We’ll be crisscrossing the state to highlight legislators who have consistently blocked efforts to protect New Yorkers from fracking.

Starting next week you will have the opportunity to sign up to join us at one of these events. Look for an email outlining next steps soon!                       

Right from your fingertips

Climate change is wreaking havoc on our communities and so far we’ve heard a lot of talk from legislators, but seen little action. With more severe flooding in the Mohawk Valley this summer, we can’t let another year pass for lawmakers to finally take action on climate change.

Act right now to tell Governor Cuomo and Senate and Assembly leaders to get back to Albany to fight climate change. Take Action.

We’re listening

We’re already laying the groundwork for our priorities and goals for 2014, so we can be ready to hit the ground running when the legislative session starts in early January. We work for you – so tell us what you think are the biggest challenges facing our environment.

Will you take a moment to answer a few questions on our survey and let us know what you think our top priorities should be?