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

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.

 

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

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

I. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

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.

 

II. OTHER BUSINESS
III. RECEIVE & FILE
ADJOURNMENT

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




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