RENewsletter | October 24, 2010


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Opening Salvo:  “Put Mr. Grannis back on the job!


We were saddened to learn about the firing of Mr. Peter Grannis, Commissioner for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


“Pete Grannis, the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, was fired effective immediately Thursday in the wake of an agency memo that was critical of layoffs planned at the agency.”DEC chief fired in wake of fight over layoff order | | Democrat and Chronicle


Of all the state departments that should not be cut, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is the one agency we have that has the power to protect our environment.  Peter Grannis, the commissioner of the DEC, has been truthful about the how critical it is that his agency not be cut and he should not be fired because of his honesty and integrity about so critical an issue.


Getting Mr. Grannis back in office will demonstrate to the pubic how important this government is about our environment—which we cannot abandon during a downturn in our economy. In fact, more rigorous and robust attention to our environmental regulations should occur during this time of belt-tightening because this is a time when there will be increased attempts to ignore or flout environmental regulations. Mr. Grannis has been a great leader in getting information about our New York State environment to the public and trying in these trying times to do what his department has been charged:


 "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being."


Please contact Governor Patterson’s office and implore him to reinstate Mr. Grannis to office. Click here to go to the Governor's contact information

Your friendly neighborhood Sierra Club was out there on Friday trying to get the public to understand the importance of having a fully operational DEC.


Dismissal of DEC commissioner angers environmentalists | | Democrat and Chronicle Outrage over Gov. David Paterson's abrupt firing of state environmental commissioner Pete Grannis swept through New York green circles Friday, including the corner of North Fitzhugh and Church streets in downtown Rochester. There, local leaders of the Sierra Club held a news conference to denounce Grannis' Thursday dismissal and the deep staff reductions at the Department of Environmental Conservation that Grannis was resisting when the ax fell.  (October 23, 2010)  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.



November 2010





ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]


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