Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) has been named Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation.
Sweeney said “I will work to be a strong voice to protect our state’s fragile environment. We in New York are fortunate to have numerous committed environmentalists including many of my Assembly colleagues; together we will work to advance smart policies to prevent pollution, while also protecting and enhancing the management of our natural resources.”
Sweeney has been a member of the Environmental Conservation Committee since he was first elected and has shepherded numerous bills into law concerning recreational fishing issues. “Being named Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation is a privilege that I do not take lightly,” said Sweeney. “Protecting our natural resources, making sure our families’ lives are not compromised by environmental hazards and ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy the vast wonders of New York are all vitally important to me.”
The Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation has jurisdiction over legislation affecting State environmental policy. The Committee considers bills regarding the Environmental Conservation Law; Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law; Canal Law; Executive Law; Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law; and Navigation Law.
The primary concerns of the Committee are pollution prevention and control, resource management, and environmental quality issues. The Committee also monitors the activities of the Department of Environmental Conservation and enforcement of environmental laws.
Sweeney had previously been Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Local Government where his work was hailed in creating a Statewide 911 wireless program, the adoption of mandate relief, increased state revenue sharing to hold down local property taxes, state aid incentives to encourage municipal cooperation and consolidation and new laws to encourage the recruitment and retention of volunteer ambulance workers and firefighters.
Sweeney said that he was “honored to have received this new position and was looking forward to the challenges of this assignment.”