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Election results - Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman in - review their campaign promises

New York’s energy policy must meet the interrelated goals of providing affordable and reliable energy, improving our environment and creating jobs and economic growth through energy policy as we transition to a more efficient, lower carbon and cleaner, greener energy economy.

In achieving these goals, our energy policy should be informed by the following guiding principles:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis fired

Governor Paterson fired Grannis for a memo in which he discussed the weakening of the DEC programs due to budget and staff cuts, and warned that fewer polluted sites would be cleaned, and fewer regulators would be available to deal with the hydrofracking natural gas drilling boom in New York's Marcellus Shale region.

Innovation 2010: Big and Supergreen: From Buildings to Cityscapes

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The New York City Council enacted five laws implementing recommendations from the NYC Green Codes Task Force

One bill sponsored by Council Member Jim Gennaro, marks a pivotal shift in the focus of New York City’s construction codes. Until today, the purpose of these codes was to promote “public safety, health and welfare”; now “the environment” has been added to this list.

New NYC Green Infrastructure Plan to capture and retain stormwater runoff and reduce sewer overflows

The current sewer system combines stormwater and wastewater in one system. During heavy storms, the system often reaches capacity and must discharge a mix of stormwater and wastewater into New York Harbor.

NYC's Newtown Creek added to the US EPA's Superfund National Priorities List.

Pollution has accumulated in Newtown Creek since its use as an industrial center in the early 19th century, but its listing as a Superfund site was accelerated in 2007 by an EPA report estimating oil leakage into the waterway at between 17 million and 30 million gallons -- larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

Hudson River Phase 1 PCB removal report released

The US EPA received a report from independent scientists reviewing phase 1 of dredging to remove PCBs from the upper Hudson River. www.epa.gov/hudson/draft_hudsonriver_pr_report.pdf

Mayor Bloomberg named David Bragdon as Director of the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability

The Long-Term Planning & Sustainability Office works with City agencies and the Mayor's Advisory Board for Sustainability to oversee a strategic plan for the City's future. The office is responsible for the creation and execution of PlaNYC, the City's long-term vision for a greener, greater New York.

New York set a power usage record in July 2010

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the organization that manages the state's power grid, announced that New Yorkers consumed 17,312 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity in July, the highest monthly usage on record.

New York City's watershed protection praised by the UN Environment Programme

The "Green Breakthroughs" report by the UN Environment Programme includes a favorable description of New York's water supply system: "New York City has long provided one of the earliest and clearest examples of an ecological service in action."