Tuesday, June 15, 2010

PSC Submission Documents from LORAX working group

Here are the documents being submitted by LORAX to the PSC in regards to Case 10-E-0155 (linked to pdf versions of submissions):

1) Response to the 9 Case Questions

2) Gap Analysis of Con Edison TVMP

3) Analysis of SEQR Process for original Guidelines (Case 04-E-0822).

Also available is a letter of support (Word .doc) for, and agreement with, the LORAX filings which may be sent by municipalities or other interested groups to the PSC in response to this Case. (Deadline is Wednesday June 16th, 2010.)

Submission to PSC may be by email (see address below) or uploaded via the PCS/DPS website.

PSC Contact info:

Hon. Jaclyn A. Brilling
Secretary to the Commission
New York State Public Service Commission
Agency Building 3
Albany, NY 12223-1350
Phone: (518) 474-6530
Fax: (518) 486-6081
Email: secretary@dps.state.ny.us

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Garden Club of America Citation

Thanks to all of you in the local community for supporting my work with our trees and our landscape heritage. I am honored to have been given an award by the Garden Club of America!

Club Horticulture Commendation

For your outstanding work at The McVickar House, your dedication to protecting Irvington’s trees, and your leadership in promoting and protecting urban forests.

The original letter from the local Irvington Chapter reads as follows:

Mrs. Ellen Peterson
Garden Club of America
14 East 60th Street, 3rd Floor
New York NY 10022

Dear Ellen:

On behalf of the Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson, it is my pleasure to nominate Mark Gilliland for the Club Horticulture Commendation. Mark is an Irvington resident and landscape designer who has donated a great deal of time over the last several years working for the protection of Irvington’s trees, pesticide free gardening, and beautification of our downtown area.

In 2002, when the Irvington Historical Society was restoring and renovating our village’s second oldest surviving structure (the McVickar house, built on Main Street in 1853) Mark volunteered to design the gardens. He researched landscape design of the period, the particular features of that property, and the plants used in that era. The eco-friendly gardens he created and implemented helped the McVickar House to receive a 2008 AIA Citation Award in the category of Historic Restoration/Adaptive Reuse.

Mark has also been very active in preserving and protecting Irvington’s trees. He has been on the village Tree Commission for several years, and as Chairman has lead a restructuring and reframing of the tree statute and its implementation. Club members on the Commission say he has been an inspiring leader.

Mark has also been a leader in fighting our power company’s poor pruning practices as they work to keep electric lines free from falling trees and limbs. In particular, he organized - overnight - a protest of their planned pruning of an allee of Sycamore trees at the south entrance to the village, on Route 9/Broadway. When the Con Ed and tree company trucks arrived, there was a crowd of people to greet them. The upshot of this was that they came back another day, with better crews and supervision, and Mark on hand, to do a much less intrusive job. Mark has carried this last endeavor beyond Irvington, to our town and county, and is working hard to revise Con Ed’s practices in the entire region.

For all these reasons, and more, we sincerely hope you will approve Mark Gilliland for the Club Horticulture Commendation. The citation should read:

For your outstanding work at The McVickar House, your dedication to protecting Irvington’s trees, and your leadership in promoting and protecting urban forests.

A copy of the Club Award Form accompanies this letter. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Gerry Gilmartin
Awards Chairman
Garden Club of Irvington

Thursday, June 10, 2010

PSC Eyes New Rules For Trees Around Power Lines

Read the full posting at NYLCV EcoPolitics Daily blog here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Submission Deadline to PSC CASE 10-E-0155 - IMPORTANT!

Submissions for Case 10-E-0155 must be posted or received by 4:30pm June 16th, 2010. For electronic postings, maximum document size is 25MB. Documents can be emailed to: secretary@dps.state.ny.us.

"Pursuant to the Public Service Commission Guidelines for filing with the Secretary, all items posted must be in searchable PDF format."

Here is the link to the submission guidelines:

Monday, June 7, 2010

NYLCV Event of Interest!

Please join the Westchester Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters for a salon featuring NY TImes environmental reporter Peter Applebome!

All the News That's Fit to Blog: Environmental Coverage in the Media Din

Applebome will discuss his coverage of hot-button topics such as natural gas drilling, nuclear energy, the local deer population and above/underground power lines.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 7 - 9 p.m.
At the Home of Linda Viertel, Tarrytown, NY

Dinner and Drinks Provided

Guests are encouraged to make a suggested contribution of $50 to NYLCV.

Please RSVP to Hilary Wilkes at (212) 361-6350 ext. 204, or hwilkes@nylcv.org for more information.

The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) was established in 1989 as the nonpartisan political arm of New York’s environmental community. For more information visit www.nylcv.org.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

LORAX TVMP Cessation draft - now draft legislation in Albany

Download a legislative draft (pdf) of the Clear Cut Cessation legislation which LORAX supplied to Assemblymen Spano and Ball as a draft.

We are now looking for co-sponsors...

This should be circulated widely, targeting your local and regional State-level Assemblymen and Senators.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 11th - Right Tree for the Right Place Municipal Tree Seminar

Dear Friend of Municipal Trees,

Please register to join us for this cutting-edge seminar sponsored by Con Edison, and forward this notice to interested colleagues:

Right Tree for the Right Place
Municipal Tree Seminar

Friday June 11, 2010, 8:30 am-Noon
at the Greenburgh Nature Center

Download program details, speaker list, and registration form.

Please call me if you have any questions about the program or registration.

Looking forward to seeing you on June 11 at the Greenburgh Nature Center!

Best wishes,

Anne Jaffe Holmes
Coordinator of School Programs & Environmental Projects
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
P: 914-813-1812
F: 914-725-6599

Online presentations (ppt or pdf) linked by speaker:

Mark Gilliland
Jerry Bond
Rick Harper
Frank Buddingh'