Hidden Doors: An intern’s survival guide for the New York legislative session

Ella McGrail spent the 2024 legislative session as the New York policy intern for Save the Sound.  The front entrance of the New York State Capitol is impressive.   It is comprised of three enormous doors flanked by columns and crowned with copper lamps. The stairs leading up to the doors are made of gleaming white […]

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Press Release: “Maintaining the status quo is not good enough”—Save the Sound Disappointed by Incremental Progress in NYS Legislative Session

When the New York State Assembly adjourned in the early hours of Saturday, it marked the end of the 2024 legislative session. But even during a session that ran a day longer than originally scheduled, the legislature did not do enough to advance to address the many environmental challenges New York faces. “Maintaining the status […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Horseshoe Crab Protection Bill Passes NYS Legislature

Larchmont, NY – Long Island Sound’s horseshoe crab population is a big step closer to safety. The State Assembly passed A10140 early Friday evening, followed quickly by the Senate’s passage of companion bill S3185A. The legislation bans the taking of the species for commercial and biomedical purposes. It allows takings for scientific and educational purposes, […]

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Press Release: Comprehensive PFAS protections passed in NYS Senate

New York State took a major step toward turning off the tap on toxic forever chemicals Thursday, the last scheduled day of the 2024 legislative session. The State Senate passed a bill (S5648F) that would phase out the sale of everyday household items containing additionally added per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a variety of […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Hochul Signs Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act into Law

Now, the county legislature must add referendum to the November ballot Larchmont, NY — Of the many reasons to head to Long Island at the start of Memorial Day Weekend, Governor Kathy Hochul picked a good one. She was in Babylon on Thursday morning to sign the Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act into law.  […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Save the Sound Releases 2023 Beach Grades in Advance of New Swimming Season

As beachgoers around Long Island Sound prepare for the arrival of Memorial Day Weekend and the start of a new swimming season, Save the Sound releases its 2023 Beach Grades on Sound Health Explorer. Before diving into the Sound this summer, we encourage everyone to dive into the water quality grades collected last summer at 197 […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Celebrate World Fish Migration Day Along the Farmington River

Enjoy time outdoors, and learn about the rivers near you through a fish’s point of view. Register here What: World Fish Migration Day: The Migration Celebration The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut and the Long Island Sound River Restoration Network (RRN), a collaborative group of Connecticut and New York-based conservation organizations, are hosting an event to […]

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NY Legislative Update: Many priorities remain, but not much time

This email was sent by David Ansel, our vice president of water protection. When policy intern Ella McGrail and I arrived at the Capitol on Monday, the clock was already ticking. Legislators had just returned to Albany after two weeks back home in their districts, and only 18 sessions remained on the legislative calendar. It […]

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