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Andrew Cuomo

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Andrew Mark Cuomo is an American politician who is the 56th and current Governor of New York. A member of the Democratic Party, Cuomo was elected governor in 2010, holding the same position his father Mario Cuomo held from 1983 to 1994.


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Petitioning Joseph Borelli

Maximum Punishment for Charlotte the Dog's Alleged Abuser

This petition is in reference to "Charlotte" (previously "Snowflake"), the tiny, 2lb, 3 month old puppy, who, at the hands of Ms. Alsu Ivanchenko, allegedly, was starved, had her skull crushed, and her bones broken. To add to this heinous act, Ms. Ivanchenko allegedly stuffed the puppy into a plastic bag, tied it at the top, and threw the bag out of a moving car against a fence, leaving the dog to suffer and die. Charlotte was found and is currently under veterinary care. Her injuries caused temporary blindness due to the head trauma she suffered.  Ms. Ivanchencko, in a statement to police, showing no remorse, simply (allegedly) stated "Just give me my misdemeanor so I can get out of here, it's just a dog", and then proceeded to purchase a new dog.  We, the petitioners, are asking for your help in changing the animal abuse laws. We are asking for the maximum penalty of two years in the case of Ms. Ivanchenko (Case number: 00204-2014) We, collectively feel that stronger animal abuse laws need to be in place. Animals are defenseless, and we need to be their voice. Animal abuse is cruel and evil, and should not be tolerated. A mere slap on the wrist will not prevent these heinous acts from occurring. Research has shown a correlation between animal abuse, family violence, and other forms of societal and community violence. Animal protection professionals have noted that abuse of animals is connected in a self-perpetuating cycle of violence.  We are the voice of helpless animals, and we will continue to be. We need to protect animals, and send the message that cruelty and abuse will NOT be tolerated in this society.  We hope you take this matter seriously. We need to see Justice for Charlotte, and justice for all that do not have a voice.  We want to see the maximum penalty of two years incarceration be handed to Ms. Ivanchenko. We want to be certain that animal abusers attain the maximum penalty for their crimes.

Lauren Buglino
244,289 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio

New Yorkers are refusing to pay over $1 M a day for Trump's wife to live in NYC

This petition is to request Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio refuse the cost President-Elect Donald Trump is requesting so his wife can remain in New York. The New York taxpayers refuse to pay over $1 million a day so she can stay. If this decision has been made, between the two of them they should be the ones to pay for it. Not New York taxpayer dollars that could be used on roads, schools, transit, sanitation, new jobs and other expenses that the city has. This is what tax dollars should be used for, improvements for the city and all the people of the city, not just one.

Comella D
161,707 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Bill Walker, Asa Hutchinson, Jerry Brown, Nathan Deal, Rick Scott, David Ige, Butch Otter, Bruce Rauner, Mike Pence, Terry Branstad, Sam Brownback, Matt ...

Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America? Will you join me by signing a petition compelling your lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right? Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not. The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time. Here is what one of our most influential Supreme Court justices said on the matter of sex discrimination: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't."
—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia While we in America may think that women are doing fine, the rest of the world does not. The United Nations has deemed the United States to be a country that does not adequately protect women’s human rights. The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support. Here are just a few: • America is the only nation in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate.
 • 10,000 abused women are turned away from shelters daily, a total of 3.65 million denied requests per year. When looking specifically at the gender pay gap: There is a direct correlation between underpaying mothers and child hunger. It is estimated that half of the 33 million women and children living in poverty in the United States would not be if women were paid their full dollar. Is it any wonder that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry? Seventy-five percent of all African American children are being raised by full time working single mothers who are paid .60 cents on the dollar. Latinas earn .55 cents on the dollar, and white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts. Our transgender sisters are faring even worse. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 and two million dollars due to wage discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards. With the upcoming 2016 election we need to intensify the conversation around women's issues and compel our lawmakers to protect the basic civil and human rights of American women by passing the ERA. It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation. If even Supreme Court justices don’t believe the Constitution protects women from discrimination, let’s pass an amendment that will. Please join me along with Kamala Lopez, the director of the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, to sign this petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment #EqualMeansEqual —Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette with Equal Rights Advocates
126,410 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State House, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Lin...

43,000 New York kids will be sexually abused in 2017. Help Governor Cuomo protect them.

When we read about a man admitting to sex with a 13-year-old, we expect to read details of his arrest next. We don’t expect to read that he is still on the streets. But that’s what has happened with Marc Gafni. He admits to having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old. That should be enough to have him arrested. But since the crime happened in New York, where the Statute of Limitations keeps victims from pressing charges from their 23rd birthday, his victims can’t have their day in court. While this unremorseful sex offender is free to attack his victims in the press, his victims are serving life sentences. The same Statutes of Limitations protect predators across New York State.  Here are the facts: Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC) [1] It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse [2]Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars [3]Because they are protected by NY State laws called statutes of limitations.This all adds up to 43,000 sexually abused children in New York each year. But it doesn’t need to be this way. The Child Victims Act (S 809) will eliminate the Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse. The act has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate and Assembly Democrats and the Independent Democrats, but is being blocked in the Senate on a party line split with Republicans who have always prevented the bill to come to the floor for a vote. Please stand with us, protect NY’s children and not the predators that prey on them. sign the petition, and support Governor Cuomo, Senator Hoylman, and Assemblymember Rosenthal in passing this bill. Tell our leaders to pass the Child Victims Act this year. Protect our children from sexual abuse. Because one child is too many.   Click this link to protect children in Pennsylvania too. Citations: Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) StudyVincent J Felitti MD, FACPA, , Robert F Anda MD, MSB, Dale Nordenberg MDC, David F Williamson MS, PhDB, Alison M Spitz MS, MPHB, Valerie Edwards BAB, Mary P Koss PhDD, James S Marks MD, MPHB Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work Journal Robert Baker of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. 2008.  

Stop Abuse Campaign
69,819 supporters
Petitioning New York State Assembly

Pass legislation for stricter penalties for hit-and-run drivers in New York State.

LIFE CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT. On December 5, 2014, our team member Jawana Richardson’s husband Sherman was killed by a hit-and-run driver. She received the call while at work.  Had the driver stayed and called the police or an ambulance, Jawana's husband of more than twenty years might have lived.  Instead the driver fled – perhaps to avoid DWI charges (we may never know.)   The suspect also attempted to destroy evidence by setting the car he was driving on fire.  The suspect never took responsibility for his actions; he left an innocent person to die on the side of the road.  It took law enforcement more than nine months to find the alleged perpetrator that killed our friend’s husband.   Our team member’s life has changed forever because of this heinous act.   See Jawana’s story here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Fatal-Hit-And-Run-Arrest-Mineola-Long-Island-Burned-Car-NY-328849601.html A HIT AND RUN CAN HAPPEN TO ANY ONE OF US. Please help us seek increased penalties for drivers who flee the scene of a crash without reporting, leaving helpless pedestrians and motorists severely injured or dead on our streets and roadways. You can help by signing and sharing this petition to help us raise awareness of this serious crime. Your signature will show support for passage of hit-and-run legislation by the New York State Assembly, and ultimately by Governor Andrew Cuomo. As the law stands now, the penalties for a driver leaving the scene of an incident he/she has caused are too lenient.  It is actually to the driver’s benefit to leave in an effort to cover up reckless driving or DWI.  Some who leave are never caught, leaving a family with no justice and no closure and if they are caught they are likely to face lower charges.  So the current law actually encourages people to leave. We are ‘Team Make-It-Happen’ — and we are part of SUNY Empire State College’s Student Leadership Institute. We are advocating for change for the safety of all pedestrians and motorists in the state of New York.  Our goal is to bring awareness of these heinous crimes to the public and to collect 10,000 signatures to show our politicians we are concerned about our safety and to urge our legislators to pass this bill. There are thousands of cases just like Jawana’s husband's, where lives have been shattered or families torn apart due to serious injuries and fatalities caused by hit and run drivers.  We are fighting for those who suffer in silence.  PLEASE SHARE YOUR OWN STORY at our Facebook page Project Sherman. Passage of this legislation is the only way for the law to stop giving drivers who leave the scene of a crash a benefit for leaving.   This revised bill will elevate the crime of leaving the scene of an incident with serious injury from an E felony to a D felony. In the case of a fatal DWI or leaving the scene, the charge will be raised from a D felony to a C felony. Last year the legislature tried to pass a bill that required more than one person to die (and other restrictions) before a C felony could apply. The C felony also needs to apply to fatal hit-and-runs where only one person is killed (not only multiple deaths.  A single life matters as much as multiple lives).  If this legislation does not pass, reckless drivers will continue to evade the law and not face the consequences of their actions.  This is a serious crime and can happen to any one of us, our family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors as we travel through our streets and roadways in the State of New York.  WE NEED YOU!  Let’s show our politicians we want action now by signing the petition and sharing it with everyone you know.  By doing so you are using your power to support the passage of legislative bill S2136/A7785: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2015/s2136 This bill will move us a step closer in protecting all motorists and pedestrians on our streets and roadways in the state of New York.    If you would like to share thoughts or personal stories, please write us at projectsherman2016@gmail.com  Thank you for your support!  

Project Sherman
57,145 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, David Carlucci, Kenneth Zebrowski, New York State Department of Health

Change NYS Bill S1421-2015 to allow the use of disposable ink caps in tattooing!!

              ATTENTION NYS TATTOO ARTISTS AND SHOPS! New laws have been passed in NY effective December 12th that will require the used of single use prepackaged ink cups instead of the usual disposable ink caps.          EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS! CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS!           SIGN THE PETITION! SHARE WITH OTHER TATTOO ARTISTS To: Senator Carlucci, NYS Department of Health, Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Zebrowski and whomever else it may concern, This petition is regarding the wording on the new tattoo laws that were passed, bill S1421-2015. The wording regarding single use inks is complicated and may lead to completely unnecessary and expensive measures.  The new bill (http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/s1421-2015) defines "SINGLE USE INK" SHALL MEAN A SEALED AND PRE-FILLED PACKAGE OF INK THAT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR A SINGLE USE” The standard procedure by any properly trained tattoo artist involves purchasing large bottles of inks, and pouring them into small plastic, single use, disposable “ink caps”, just enough for the procedure, which are thrown away during clean up. The original large bottle is to be stored away from the client and the work station, and therefore away from any possibility of contamination. The way the law reads now, would not work with these proven safe, common-practice procedures. They have single use, prepackaged inks, but they are incredibly expensive and not offered by any of the better quality brands of ink (really just a couple brands), and only available in a limited palette. For many artists, switching to a lesser-quality ink, is just not an option. For permanent makeup pigments (which is very much tattooing as well) there are no brands packaged for single use. These single-use inks, are impractical and unnecessary, since standard precautions are designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.  We would like to propose that better wording would be something that specifies that pigments  are required to be poured into single use disposable receptacles aka ink caps.  Example: "single use ink" shall mean all inks are poured into disposable single use containers, and disposed of after each procedure. The key to safe tattooing is annual education requirements, teaching artists in the industry to use universal precautions and learn the newest and best practices to prevent cross-contamination and prevent the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. This is already a requirement through federal OSHA laws, which many other states have chosen to reiterate. Rewrite NYS BILL S1421-2015 before it goes into effect!

Bridget Punsalang
49,272 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo

Save New York's Mute Swans

  Thank you and congratulations to everyone who spoke up on behalf of New York's mute swans! Your voices have been heard! Assemblymember Cymbrowitz announced that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to save New York's mute swans into law! Three years ago, when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) first announced its plan to eliminate all free living mute swans in New York by 2025, Assemblymember Cymbrowitz and Senator Avella recognized the horrifying ramifications of the proposal becoming policy and introduced legislation to demand legitimate scientific justification and stay the swans' execution. The new law will establish a two-year moratorium on the DEC’s mute swan management plans. The law also requires the DEC to hold at least two public hearings in areas with mute swan populations. Furthermore, any management plan that the DEC puts forward must: give priority to non-lethal management techniques, fully document the scientific basis for future population projections, demonstrate that the swans have caused actual damage to the environment or to other species, and fully document the scientific basis for current and projected environmental damage. Understanding that thousands of mute swans have needlessly been killed under similarly misguided management efforts executed in other states, and that the DEC promotes and prioritizes lethal management of wildlife in New York, advocates will continue to fight for mute swans and other wildlife to have a safe home here and will work to protect them. We thank and commend Gov. Cuomo for listening to the voices of thousands of New Yorkers asking him to give mute swans a chance. ------ In December 2013, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a Draft Management Plan which proposed the complete elimination of mute swans in New York State. The DEC later issued a revised management plan that calls for reducing the state's population of 2,200 swans to 800 - this is unacceptable! Thousands of New Yorkers submitted public comments to the DEC in opposition to its proposals, demonstrating unequivocally that New Yorkers want mute swans to be protected by our government, not slaughtered. The rationales provided for eliminating these magnificent creatures are flawed, and numerous experts have spoken out in criticism of the supposed basis for the DEC’s plan. We shouldn’t kill off one animal population on the misguided belief that we are helping to save another, and certainly not, at the very least, without unequivocal evidence to support such extreme and irreversible action.For more information, please visit http://bit.do/swans and www.facebook.com/goosewatchnyc

GooseWatch NYC
32,695 supporters
Petitioning Democratic National Convention (all delegates)

Choose Bernie Sanders as the Presidential Nominee

In this moment of historic unrest, when our democracy has slipped into oligarchy and the threat of fascism has emerged, WE THE PEOPLE call on the Democratic National Convention, its pledged delegates and super delegates, to take historic action to save our democracy.  We call on you to choose Senator Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Presidential nominee.  Yes, we know that Sanders has endorsed Clinton.  We, however, cannot vote for her - and neither will millions of other Americans.  We call on you to choose Sanders.  Our reasons include the following: 1.  HISTORIC PRECEDENTS FOR NOMINATING A 2ND-PLACE CANDIDATE. Nominating Conventions exist in order to assess everything that has been learned during the primary season, and which candidate can best win the general election. Two of our greatest Presidents were chosen at conventions after a second-place finish in the primaries:  Dwight D. Eisenhower (who had won only 26% of the primary vote) and Abraham Lincoln (who had won 22%).  Both were chosen during times of great change and upheaval.  Now is such a time. 2.  SANDERS MORE LIKELY TO WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION. Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win.  Democrats make up only 28% of registered voters.  Elections are decided by the Independents, who now outnumber Democrats and Republicans combined.  Sanders is wildly popular with Independents, enjoying 70% support plus 44% of Democrats.  These 2 numbers add up to a landslide victory in a General Election.  This is why, in polls showing 1-to-1 match-ups between Sanders-Trump, Sanders consistently wins by 9-12 points, while Clinton is basically tied with Trump.  For example, this latest poll of swing states, Quinnipiac, June 21, 2016: https://www.qu.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/2016-presidential-swing-state-polls/release-detail?ReleaseID=2359 The latest overall national poll of registered voters shows Sanders' favorability rating is 59%, Clinton 42%, Trump 40%.  Moreover, Sanders' favorability rating with non-whites is 77%, whereas Clinton's is only 64%,  (CNN/ORC poll, June 21, 2016). http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2016/images/06/21/rel7b.-.2016.general.pdf Thus it is clear that Sanders' popularity has grown significantly, while Clinton's has declined. Moreover, these polls date from just BEFORE the FBI came out with their highly critical report of Secretary Clinton, showing that she had lied under oath to Congress.   3.  CLINTON AS NOMINEE WILL LEAD TO LOW TURNOUT.Since Clinton is viewed unfavorably by the vast majority of eligible voters.  Democratic turnout will be extremely low if she is the nominee.  This will also damage down-ballot races. 4.  SANDERS HAS THE MESSAGE FOR OUR TIME (BREXIT EXAMPLE). Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win because his message has the ring of authenticity and it resonates with our time.  The recent BREXIT shows that working families are willing to go to severe measures to express both their frustration with the establishment and their desperate need for a less corporate-dominated society.  If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, a similar revolt could take place:  a right-wing extremist in the White House. 5.  CLINTON CONSIDERED UNTRUSTWORTHY. There is widespread and growing concern among the American people, especially Independents, about Clinton’s questionable ethics and lack of trustworthiness.  Since the revelation (via Comey's report and Chavez' questioning) that Clinton lied to Congress under oath about her emails, recent polls show that she is viewed as much less trustworthy than Trump - a notorious liar. 6.  SIGNIFICANT NEW INFO HAS CAUSED VOTERS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS SINCE THE SPRING ELECTIONS.The results of the primary elections are meaningless since voters did not know at the time that the State Department IG and the FBI would both be denouncing the Secretary as they recently have; and that Secretary Clinton lied under oath to Congress (113 classified emails at the time they were sent - not Zero as she said); and that the State Dept would re-open its investigation, as has now happened; and that the House Oversight Committee and Judicial Committee would request a perjury investigation, as has now happened.... To assume that Clinton still has the support of all, or even most, of the people who voted for her in the spring would be naive and dangerous. 7.  PERCEPTIONS OF SIGNIFICANT ELECTION IRREGULARITIES FAVORING CLINTON. There is widespread concern and anger against the DNC for a lack of neutrality in its handling of the 2016 primaries.  This includes an unprecedented number of superdelegates “pledging” to Clinton before the campaign began; widespread election irregularities, purges, etc.; and significant discrepancies between exit polls and official results, favoring Clinton in virtually every case. A class-action lawsuit against the DNC was filed in Federal court on June 28, alleging illegal manipulation and deceit in the DNC's handling of the primary.  Several other lawsuits are pending in other states, including California.  The superdelegates now have the opportunity to correct the impression of pre-campaign bias, by using their positions thoughtfully to evaluate all that has transpired and choose the candidate who can best win the confidence and affection of the American people. On July 18, Election Justice USA issued a thorough and scathing report of the fraud during the Democratic primaries.  Written by 2 prominent statisticians and an award-winning investigative journalist, it is an extensive documentation of the election fraud in 22 states.  With many links, charts and graphs, they conclude: Trump's victory was real, Hillary's was not. "It is hard to conceive of a legitimate transfer of power following an election that has been this flawed. We recommend... these elections be examined and, if found to be inaccurate, decertified. Where paper ballots are available, count them by hand. Where they are not available, it would be more equitable to hold a 2nd vote, one that does not utilize electronic voting equipment. We understand that this is unprecedented."  https://drive.google.com/a/apollosfire.org/file/d/0B2gyJMIH8GERVHV3NjhOTVZmaTg/view Video evidence shows that senior Clinton campaign staff instructed interns and younger staff to systematically cheat and break the law.  "Whatever you can get away with, just do it," said a Clinton campaign lawyer to her trainees - caught on camera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhI6bMbhsDE 8.  SANDERS HAS WISDOM AND AUTHENTICITY. Senators Sanders is the candidate who can win because he is an authentic, experienced, incorruptible, and fearless public servant.  He has demonstrated, through speeches on the floor of Congress, that he foresaw in advance the complex worldwide problems we now face, including the dangers of the deregulated banks which led to our financial collapse; the growing income inequality which has now become a crisis; and the consequences of the Iraq war. 9.  SANDERS REPRESENTS THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Senator Sanders has brought millions of new voters into the Party, but those people will leave if he is not the nominee. He is the overwhelming preference of voters under the age of 45.  This means that by 2024, Sanders’ vision will most likely be the overwhelming philosophy of voters under age 53.  The Democratic Party has a choice:  to become the party of the new reality, or a relic of the past. We, the undersigned, will not and cannot vote for Secretary Clinton, nor any other candidate put forward by the DNC, other than Bernie Sanders.  Millions of us are lifelong Democrats who will leave the Party if Bernie is not the nominee.  We will ONLY vote for Bernie, who has our trust, our confidence, and frankly – our love. LOVE TRUMPS HATE.

Jeannette Sorrell
31,599 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM

Dear Governor Cuomo, Spectra Energy has run a 42-inch fracked gas pipeline under our Hudson River, a mere 105 feet from critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety facilities. This project was installed against the will of New Yorkers, and against your own request that construction halt until safety considerations could be addressed. Now, Spectra Energy is trying to complete their plan by building the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, which would connect to the AIM Pipeline and secure a foreign market for their dirty gas by connecting the AIM pipeline to Canada. We need you to instruct the Department of Environmental Conservation to withhold the water quality certificate for Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Pipeline, the next segment of Spectra's pipeline expansion project. As you may know, the US Court of Appeals is currently considering whether the false divisions between Spectra's AIM Pipeline, Atlantic Bridge project and Access Northeast project constitute illegal segmentation. Spectra Energy has attempted to avoid a real analysis of the cumulative impacts of their projects on wetlands by treating Spectra's AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast projects as separate, even though you need only to look at a map to determine that they are indivisible parts of a single project. Cumulative impacts on wetlands and waterways are more severe than individual impacts taken out of context. The DEC must therefore wait on the outcome of that case before issuing a water quality certificate for Atlantic Bridge, since a ruling that NEPA was violated in this case would mean all three projects would have to be considered as one. Spectra Energy has been responsible for countless environmental and public safety disasters. They have shown at every turn that they will risk our homes, our water, and our common climate to advance their own profits. During the horizontal directional drilling phase of the construction of the AIM Pipeline, they lost their drill bit and showed their contempt for our well-being and our laws by illegally dredging a nearby wetland to try to find it, resulting in a disciplinary letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They also destroyed wetlands in the ecologically sensitive Blue Mountain reservation during AIM construction. Right now, Spectra Energy is counting on you turning a blind eye to their terrible track record. They are counting on your silence. You have the power to stop them. We need you to send a strong message to the nation about New York's core values: that we still believe in protecting local communities' health, water resources and livelihoods, that we are still a state that takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and that we believe in the basic science of climate change and moving away from polluting fossil fuels. Please instruct the DEC to fulfill its responsibilities and DENY Spectra Energy's application for a water quality certificate for the Atlantic Bridge project. Sincerely, Local Organizations: ResistSpectra, SAPE (Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion) and SEnRG (Safe Energy Rights Group) and the following residents of New York and the surrounding regions:

ResistSpectra, SAPE, SEnRG
25,617 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo

Compel NY State to protect the ENDANGERED Bog Turtle in Orange County

In Southeastern NY State, the NYS-Listed "Endangered" Bog Turtle is disappearing due to habitat loss. NY State has specific protections in place to protect this species, however, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation ( NYSDEC) has repeatedly refused to protect confirmed Bog Turtle habitat and has repeatedly allowed such habitat to be destroyed without explanation.During this past Summer, alone, an entire population was drained and paved over despite the NYSDEC having collected Bog Turtles at the site as recently as 2013State officials refuse to respond to queries and complaints regarding this and other similar dereliction of duty.The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation's region 3 offices need to be directed to restore confirmed Bog Turtle habitat recently destroyed in Chester, NY.Further The regional DEC staffers who have repeatedly ignored their duties to protect this habitat need to be appropriately counseled and/or removed from their positions before we lose all of our state's Bog Turtle populations.

NY Natural History council
24,405 supporters