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: 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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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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PRESS RELEASE: Environmental Outcomes of the 2024 Connecticut Legislative Session

Failure to act on climate and environmental justice; wins for healthy waters and habitats; major environmental rights rollback defeated New Haven, CT. – The 2024 state legislative session followed the pattern of recent years, with laudable passage of multiple policies to protect public health, clean water, and habitats contrasting with yet another year of failure […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Bill to reduce toxic PFAS passes CT Senate; advocates urge House passage

(Hartford, CT) – Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, Save the Sound and Environment Connecticut, along with many other coalition partners, including the CT Union of Professional Firefighters Association, numerous local groups and health advocates, celebrated the strong bipartisan support and passage of Senate Bill 292, An Act Concerning The Use Of PFAS Chemicals In Certain Products […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Save the Sound’s priority agenda for 2024 Connecticut legislative session

Climate accountability, clean cars, getting toxics out of water, protecting streams and wetlands, strengthening environmental justice top list New Haven, CT — Save the Sound today released its priorities for the 2024 Connecticut legislative session, one week ahead of the start of the February – May session. The agenda was previously shared with each member […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Save the Sound applauds AG Tong’s legal action to protect CT residents from PFAS

“Forever chemicals” harm human health and environment, must be phased out New Haven, CT — Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced today the filing of two lawsuits seeking injunctive and monetary relief from 28 manufacturers that have contaminated the state’s waters with per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The companies’ products include firefighting foam and consumer products […]

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