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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:39 pm    Post subject: PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETINGS ON SEA LEVEL RISE
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For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Mark Lowery
Monday, January 12, 2009 ; (518) 402-8027
Updated January 20, 2009

State Task Force Seeks Input on Adaptation Planning

The public is invited to a series of meetings about the effects of sea level rise and the development of recommendations for dealing with rising sea levels, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis announce d today.

The meetings, sponsored by the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force, will be held at four different locations. (See table below for locations and schedule.)

Each meeting will feature an informal open house session, followed by staff presentations and a public-comment period. The open house includes exhibits related to various aspects of climate change and sea level rise. Agency staff will be available to explain the exhibits and answer questions. Those interested may come at any time during the scheduled open house. The meetings give the public an opportunity to provide input on the task force’s work plan.

“Global warming is one of the most signifi cant environmental and economic issues of our generation. I commend Commissioner Grannis and his staff for convening this important planning group and urge the public and elected officials to participate in this process that will help the state chart a responsible course on this issue,” said Governor David A. Paterson.

In his State of the State speech last week, Governor Paterson addressed global warming by calling for one of the most ambitious clean energy plans in the nation. He unveiled his “45 by 15” plan that calls for New York to meet 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and clean renewable energy by 2015. This goal will also create 50,000 new jobs for New Yorkers, helping build the workforce necessary for a clean energy economy. Governor Paterson also announced the creation of a consortium on hybrid electric batteries and energy storage technologies to make strides in the development of technology for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

New York State is a leader in taking action to address climate change and is implementing a broad portfolio of tactics to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, from promoting energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy programs to participating in the nation’s first mandatory carbon cap-and-trade program for power plant emissions. As part of this proactive approach, the New York State Legislature established the State Sea Level Rise Task Force in 2007, under a bill sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney. The task force will issue a report making recommendations to protect New York's coastal ecosystems, natural habitats, infrastructure and coastal communities from flooding and other potential impacts.


The task force is comprised of state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, community groups and private citizens. Commissioner Grannis serves as chair of the task force.

The geographic scope of the task force report will include the five boroughs of New York City and the counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk. The tidal waters of the Hudson River to the Federal Dam at Troy are also included because of the potential risks from rising waters to Hudson River ecosystems, drinking water supplies and infrastructure.

Further information on the State Sea Level Rise Task Force is available at www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45202.html.

Individuals wishing to receive e-mail notification of meetings and other task force activities may subscribe to the Sea Level Rise Task Force e-mail list at

  Comments on the work of the Sea Level Rise Task Force may be submitted at any time to slrtf@gw.dec.state.ny.us .

New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force Public Meeting Schedule
Date Location Open House Presentations/Comments
January 22 Nelly Goletti Theatre, Student Center, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
4-7 p.m.
7 p.m.

January 27 Department of Public Service Board Room, 4th Floor, 90 Church St., Manhattan
Open House
2 p.m.
3-5 p.m. 6 p.m.

January 28 Nassau County Legislative Chamber, 1st Floor, Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, Nassau County
4-7 p.m. 7 p.m.

January 29 Berkner Hall, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, Suffolk County 4-7 p.m. 7 p.m.
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