Environment & Energy
Committee Meeting
11/13/2012 3:00 PM
Committee Room
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor   White Plains, NY 10601

With a quorum present, {MinutesOpenedBy} called the meeting to order at {MinutesOpened:h:mm tt}.

Roll Call

Others In Attendance: S. Levy (Sprague Energy), FCWC: A. Molloy, N. Spero, J. Klein (Pres.) C. Cunningham; J. Robbins, N. Silva, S. Morrissey, V. Sherman, S. Cashen, E. Weininger, T. Joshi, M. Kaufman, C. Schafer, B. Lewis.


1. Minutes of Oct 15, 2012 3:00 PM

On motion of Legislator Shimsky, seconded by Legislator Borgia, the minutes were approved 5-0.


Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) to discuss environmental priorities.


President of FCWC made opening remarks, thanking the Committee for holding this meeting.  As an umbrella organization, FCWC would like to make sure that all groups and their respective priorities are represented. 


Chair Kaplowitz thanked all groups for their work and for coming today.  He then asked that, going around the room, each guest introduce themselves, state the name of the organization they are representing and their environmental priority/priorities.


The following is a list of each person/organization and their priorities and/or concerns:


Steve Levy (Sprague Energy):   Banning the use of No. 6 oil


Candace Schafer (WLT):  Open Space, clean water/air, food security/farming


Janelle Robbins (Bedford Audubon Society):  Parks, Habitat Management on County Property


Lauren Donnelly (Friends of Rye Nature Center):  Lost public funding years ago, all funding now private


Ben Lewis (Friends of Ward Pound Ridge):  Funding for nature centers


Terry Joshi (Yonkers Green Policy Task Force): Green building legislation


Nortrud Spero (FCWC):  Wastewater treatment plants (retrofit before future storms)


Michael Kaufman (Friends of Read Nature Center):  Funding for nature centers


Norma Silva (Yonkers Land Conservancy):  Replacing/maintaining trees; removing invasive vines


Sandy Morrissey (Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon):  Funding for nature centers


Sandra Cashen (Greenburgh Nature Center):   Education on sustainable practices, stormwater mgmt


Ellen Weininger (Grassroots Environmental Education):  Hydrofracking, more pesticide controls


Chair Kaplowitz thanked everyone, reviewed some of this Board's environmental accomplishments, and encouraged the members of the environmental community to reach out to all the legislators, be open to (and helpful with if possible) public-private partnerships, and to understand these are very, very difficult financial times.  That being said, Chair Kaplowitz stated that this Committee will continue its due diligence on all matters and issues concerning the environment and energy policies.



Moved by Legislator Shimsky, seconded by Legislator Perez, the Committee on E&E adjourned at {MinutesClosed:h:mm tt}.

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