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There is good news and bad news to report regarding the zoning variances being sought for an extra-large glass office tower with a huge “big-box” retail space at437 West 13th Street in the Meatpacking District.

The auction closes December 3, 2009, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ).  Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. Reward yourself this winter or find that perfect gift for the ones you love.

While no one can be sure what and how severe the effects of global warming will be, it is entirely possible that one outcome of our profligate use of fossil fuels could be an ice age.

"Although this is a major victory for equality, the court’s decision only highlights the fact that so many New York couples continue to be denied the full legal protections that come with a marriage license right here in our state. I am optimistic that will change soon."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers many domestic textile manufacturing facilities to be hazardous waste generators; and lax standards and enforcement in developing countries, where the majority of textiles are produced, means that untold amounts of pollution are likely being deposited into local soils and waterways in regions that can hardly stand further environmental insult.

It’s true that littered cigarette butts are a public nuisance, and not just for aesthetic reasons. The filters on cigarettes—four fifths of all cigarettes have them—are made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that is very slow to degrade in the environment. A typical cigarette butt can take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years to decompose, depending on environmental conditions.

With so many new energy efficient cars in showrooms today, there’s never been a better time to go green with your next car purchase. A few years ago the Toyota Prius was the go-to model for those with an environmental conscience and up to $30,000 to pay for the privilege of getting 35-40 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 45-55 on the highway. But today there is such a wide selection of fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles that even those on a budget can afford to go green.

 

Senator Schneiderman appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss Ian's Law. Go to the next page to see the full video.


“I joined the Office in the 1980’s as a young Assistant District Attorney, and I am honored to return to lead it and to succeed Robert Morgenthau, my former boss and a great leader in our American legal system,” said Vance. “New York is now the safest big city in America. We have an incredible opportunity to build upon the Office's many successes while expanding our efforts in crime prevention and in improving the justice system. As DA, I will keep the people of Manhattan safe, and our criminal justice system fair.” 


Joined by patients and insurance reform advocates, Senator Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) announced the introduction of major legislation today that protects patients from egregious insurance industry practices. “Ian’s Law” (S.6263) makes it illegal for insurers to drop entire classes of insurance as a pretext to deny coverage to individual policyholders...