Sounds good.  Do you think they still need warm body comments on the other 


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> On Mar 6, 2018, at 1:52 PM, Irene Weiser <> wrote:
> Awww, c'mon.  Anna for President!   Go Anna!
> Irene Weiser
> Brooktondale, NY
> 607-539-6856
> Joy to the world
> All the boys and girls
> Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
> Joy to you and me. 
>> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:51 PM, Anna Kelles <> wrote:
>> Ha, or more accurately precedent....
>>> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:49 PM, Anna Kelles <> wrote:
>>> Thanks Irene for the added information!  It is indeed super exciting and if 
>>> all goes well we will set president for municipalities throughout the state 
>>> and country!
>>> Anna
>>>> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:46 PM, Irene Weiser <> wrote:
>>>> Thanks, Anna for all this amazing work!  You ROCK!!
>>>> One minor tweaky revision to your description of NYSEG RFP.  The entire 
>>>> town of Lansing has been under a gas moratorium since 2015 - no new 
>>>> construction requiring gas because there isn't enough supply to meet 
>>>> demand on peak days  (like the super cold days in early January) for any 
>>>> more buildings than currently use gas in that area.
>>>> NYSEG's Non Pipe alternative is a really exciting  - first of its kind in 
>>>> the State (!)  - request for proposals that NYSEG issued and the State 
>>>> Public Service Commission approved for non-pipe alternatives such as heat 
>>>> pumps and building energy efficiency to meet thermal demand in the entire 
>>>> Town of Lansing - (not just the industrial park area).  
>>>> Irene Weiser
>>>> Brooktondale, NY
>>>> 607-539-6856
>>>> Joy to the world
>>>> All the boys and girls
>>>> Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
>>>> Joy to you and me. 
>>>>> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:29 PM, Anna Kelles <> wrote:
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>> As some of you may know I have been appointed this year as the chair of 
>>>>> the Planning Development and Environmental Quality (PDEQ) committee. Last 
>>>>> Monday three resolutions were voted out of the PDEQ committee that will 
>>>>> be discussed and in most cases voted on tonight by the full legislature 
>>>>> at our bimonthly meeting from starting at 5:30pm (the meeting starts with 
>>>>> privilege of the public to speak!) at 121 E. Court St. in the Legislative 
>>>>> Chambers on the second floor.  
>>>>> The first is a resolution in opposition to the proposed large scale 
>>>>> incinerator in Romulus, Seneca County that is just North of the town of 
>>>>> Ulysses. I created an submitted this updated resolution from a template 
>>>>> created by members of Gas Free Seneca. I'm happy to answer any questions 
>>>>> anyone has but in a nutshell the garbage would be shipped by hundreds of 
>>>>> trucks a day from downstate, burned creating significant air pollution 
>>>>> very near an elementary school and two correctional facilities as well as 
>>>>> nearby towns and wineries, created about 52 truckloads of toxic ash daily 
>>>>> that would need to be landfilled locally, and would withdraw 445,000 
>>>>> gallons daily from Seneca Lake.
>>>>> A resolution urging the state to pass a plastic bag ban with an 
>>>>> additional 5 cent fee of paper bags passed. However, breaking news is 
>>>>> that a few days before the committee vote a bill in the senate and an 
>>>>> equivalent bill in the assembly were introduced that are more 
>>>>> comprehensive than our resolution (here is a link to the senate bill: 
>>>>> These bills, if 
>>>>> approved, would ban both plastic and paper (paper bag production and 
>>>>> transport have an equal to or even greater carbon footprint than 
>>>>> plastic). As a result I will be sending our resolution back to committee 
>>>>> tonight to align more closely with the proposed state bills. The next 
>>>>> PDEQ meeting will be March 26th at 3pm in the legislative chambers.
>>>>> Lastly, recently NYSEG put out an request for proposals (RFP) as a result 
>>>>> of long talks local officials and experts have had with the state Public 
>>>>> Service Commission, requesting proposals in a designated area in and 
>>>>> around south Lansing (the Cornell business park area) for alternative 
>>>>> energy development and upgrades. The intention of the RFP is to reduce 
>>>>> demand on the existing natural gas infrastructure and to promote future 
>>>>> development with minimal natural gas needs. However, the current RFP says 
>>>>> that they will accept a proposal that can include the trucking in of 
>>>>> compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified Natural Gas (LNG), if it is 
>>>>> acceptable to the community. The resolution we will be voting on tonight 
>>>>> states that the inclusion of trucked in CNG and LNG is not an acceptable 
>>>>> solution to reduce our dependence on the piped natural gas 
>>>>> infrastructure, which would in no way help us reach our our Tompkins 
>>>>> County stated goal to decrease use of natural gas to achieve greenhouse 
>>>>> gas (GHG) emissions reduction.
>>>>> Below is the official press release that followed the PDEQ meeting last 
>>>>> week.
>>>>> Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
>>>>> In good health,
>>>>> Anna
>>>>> Committee Recommends Support of Statewide Plastic Bag Ban
>>>>> The Legislature’s Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality 
>>>>> Committee, which back in 2013 considered a proposal from the 
>>>>> Environmental Management Council (EMC)for a Local Law banning single-use 
>>>>> plastic retail bags, today considered—and recommended to the 
>>>>> Legislature—a new proposal on the issue from the EMC, one urging a 
>>>>> statewide ban on such plastic retail bags.
>>>>> Following the EMC’s recent adoption of a measure supporting such a 
>>>>> statewide ban, the Planning committee, in a unanimous 5-0 vote, joined in 
>>>>> recommending that the Legislature express its strong support of a plastic 
>>>>> retail bag ban, which would also include a fee on recyclable paper bags, 
>>>>> and urging the Governor to propose and the State Legislature to adopt 
>>>>> such legislation as part of the State’s Fiscal 2019 budget.
>>>>> At the time that a Local Law was extensively discussed five years ago, 
>>>>> County Recycling and Materials Management Director Barbara Eckstrom had 
>>>>> advised that the issue be pursued at the State level, instead of through 
>>>>> a Local Law.
>>>>> Speaking to the committee today, EMC Chair Brian Eden said that, just as 
>>>>> when recycling was introduced years ago, achieving such a ban on the 
>>>>> environmentally damaging plastic bags is “eminently do-able” and can be 
>>>>> achieved, and accepted by the public, over time.  Committee Chair Anna 
>>>>> Kelles reflected that it’s realistic to proactively reduce our reliance 
>>>>> on plastic.
>>>>> The Committee, with its unanimous support, also forwarded two other 
>>>>> resolutions for consideration by the full Legislature, to take stands on 
>>>>> two other environmental issues—one voicing formal opposition to the 
>>>>> proposed garbage incinerator in the Seneca County Town of Romulus; the 
>>>>> other opposing the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquified 
>>>>> Natural Gas (LNG) in response to the New York State Electric and Gas 
>>>>> “non-pipe alternative” Request for Proposals to address natural gas 
>>>>> demand in the Lansing area.  Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability 
>>>>> Katie Borgella told the committee it is clear that NYSEG will be looking 
>>>>> to the local community for its input on those elements, mentioned as 
>>>>> potential options in the RFP, and that actions such as this would try to 
>>>>> put some boundaries on what the community would support.
>>>>> Contact:  Anna Kelles, Chair, Planning, Development, and Environmental 
>>>>> Quality Committee, 342-2036
>>>>> - END -
>>>>> -- 
>>>>> Anna Kelles
>>>>> Vice Chair - Tompkins County Legislature
>>>>> District 2
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