• Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    New York State Capitol in Albany, NY

    Swarm Albany - Action for Pollinators

    Join us for an exciting day of raising your voice to protect New York against neurotoxic neonic pesticides! This meet-up will center around the Birds and Bees Protection Act and focus on a new report on how neonics contaminate New York's soil and water—threatening birds, fish, deer, other wildlife, and even human health.

    We will gather at Prime at the Plaza Café in the Concourse of the State Capitol at 11:00am. Around 11:20am, we will walk over to the Well for the press conference and mural reveal. The event will have several speakers (to be announced) and a special mural reveal by Good of the Hive artist, Matt Wiley!

    After the event, please join us for group meetings with legislators!

    *Schedule subject to change, please provide your email and cell number so we can keep in touch*

    In New York, beekeepers have lost more than 40 percent of their bee colonies nearly every year for the past decade, and future bee losses could jeopardize farmers’ livelihoods and the state’s economy. Neurotoxic neonics pesticides are a leading culprit, but these chemicals’ harms go beyond bees. Neonics have been found in surface waters across New York State and a growing body of science links neonics to losses of birds and fish, and harms to other wildlife. Health experts also agree that neonic exposures could cause elevated risk of developmental or neurological damage in humans, particularly in infants and young children.


  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Town of Kingston Special PB Meeting on 850 Route 28 Project


    The Planning Board of the Town of Kingston will hold a special meeting on the NEW application of 850 Route 28, LLC at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in the auditorium of M. Clifford Miller Middle School, located at 65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine, New York 12449.

    This special meeting is instead of the regularly scheduled January meeting of the Planning Board.

    Please note there will be no public comment period at this meeting.


    A little background on the 850 Route 28 LLC project:

    The developer (850 Route 28, LLC / Tom Auringer, Owner), had previously proposed building a 240,000 square foot steel and concrete manufacturing facility on land surrounded by the Bluestone Wild Forest and a 208-acre woodland recently conserved by the Open Space Institute (“OSI”). The application materials indicated that the plant could operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Concerns had been raised about multiple potential impacts the project could have on the adjacent Bluestone Wild Forest and OSI Property (now owned by NY State) during the project’s construction and operation. Major concerns included impacts to surface and groundwater quality from operations and stormwater runoff, noise and odor impacts on wildlife, recreational activities and citizens from operations, and impacts to the traffic network on Route 28.

    On March 18, 2019, the Town of Kingston Planning Board adopted a ‘Negative Declaration" of Environmental Impacts under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), which is supposed to be reserved for when there is certainty that a proposed project will cause NO significant adverse environmental impacts. The Negative Declaration meant the developer, 850 Route 28 LLC, would not be required to prepare a Full Environmental Impact Statement before the Planning Board decided whether to issue Site Plan and Special Use Permit approvals.

    The Woodstock Land Conservancy, the Open Space Institute, Catskill Mountainkeeper, the Catskill Center, and other groups believed the Planning Board erred in accepting the developer’s representations in the application that the project will have no adverse impacts. WLC asked you to join these groups to urge the Planning Board to RESCIND the Negative Declaration, require the developer to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement and postpone any decision on the application until this process has been completed. We asked you to join us at Planning Board meetings, to help the Bluestone Wild Forest lands owned by all of us – the residents and taxpayers of NYS – and OSI lands receive the due process and protections they warrant and deserve.

    At the Town of Kingston Planning Board Meeting July 15th for the proposed 850 Route 28 LLC precast-concrete and steel fabrication facility. WLC and other partner organizations hear loud and clear how much you care about protecting Onteora Lake, Pickerel Pond and the Bluestone Wild Forest from adjacent inappropriate development.

    July 15th was proof positive that citizen engagement impacted the project and process. By 7pm the meeting room had already reached capacity with over 150 concerned citizens in attendance. And because the number of the public attending exceeded the capacity of the meeting room, the Planning Board announced the postponement of the Public Hearing on the project’s Site Plan. The Planning Board’s outside attorney Richard Golden (retained specifically for this project at the applicant’s expense), advised the board that it would be a violation of the Open Meetings Law to proceed with a Public Hearing. Mr. Golden announced that they would look for a suitable venue that can accommodate all citizens wanting to attend.

    On August 29th at a Special Town of Kingston Planning Board Meeting the Planning Board adopted a resolution which included rescinding the Negative Declaration (SEQRA), and additionally noted the inclusion of the Town Board as an involved agency related to a zoning issue for the site that needed to be attended to. The resolution also included an announcement that the Town of Kingston PLanning Board would continue as Lead Agency for this project.

    That was wonderful news and the direct result of the efforts of so many of you.

    We have been waiting since the August 29th Special Planning Board meeting for the developer to respond with new documents, those documents were submitted to the Town of Kingston in early December and are currently available on the Town of Kingston website.

    If you have any questions please email

    Many thanks for your advocacy.

  • Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM
    New York State Capitol in Albany, NY

    No Empty Promises: Fund Climate Justice Now

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    Last year, we rallied, lobbied, and organized our way to pass the nation's most progressive climate legislation. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is now the law of the land, but we won't get the urgent climate justice action that we need unless there is money for climate in this year's budget.

    Join us for a day of action in Albany ( – we'll be singing and dancing to celebrate our monumental victory in 2019 and rallying and lobbying to express our demands for climate justice in this year's budget. 
    Buses departing NYC, Buffalo, and other cities from around the state. Register today and get on the bus!
  • Monday, January 27, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Crucial Public Hearing on NYS Plastic Bag Ban Regulations

    Come share your thoughts about the DEC's flawed proposed regulations for New York's forthcoming plastic bag ban to help ensure that the new law will actually reduce single-use plastic pollution rather than increasing it or shifting the burden to other disposables. We MUST speak out against the proposed regulation allowing even thicker single-use plastic bags :(!!! Your presence is important!

  • Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    New York State Capitol in Albany, NY

    Catskill Park Day 2020

    Save the date!

    Catskill Park Day is an annual advocacy event hosted by the Catskill Park Coalition to raise awareness in Albany about the Catskill Park and the Catskill Region. We work to support the Park and our Catskill communities.

    Join us in Albany on February 4, 2020 to raise our voices in support of the Catskill Park!

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