Office Of Attorney General Holds Environmental Forum In Long Island
NEW YORK, NY (September 20, 2007) - On September 19th, 2007, the Office of New York State Attorney General, Andrew M. Cuomo, held a community forum on Long Island environmental issues in Melville. The event, entitled "New Yorkers, Protect Your Environment & Your Community!" was the first in a series of environmental forums that the Attorney General's office will be holding across the state.
During the event, held at the offices of the Long Island Association, local residents had the opportunity to talk about their environmental concerns with lawyers and scientists from the Attorney General's offices in Manhattan, and Suffolk and Nassau counties. The session included discussions on issues such as Superfund cleanups, industrial pollution, drinking water contamination, pesticides, and "green" power. The protection of the wetlands, aquifers, and the pine barrens was also discussed.
"Protection of public health and the environment is a top priority of the Attorney General. That's why this forum is so important. It is our opportunity to hear, firsthand, from the residents of Long Island about their issues and concerns, so that we can ensure that the laws meant to protect their health and environment are being aggressively enforced", said Katherine Kennedy, Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection.
The event included an extended question and answer session with community members. It was simultaneously interpreted into Sign Language for the hearing impaired.
This initiative is part of the Attorney General's ongoing effort to address the broad range of issues affecting the New Yorkers across the state. Similar sessions on civil rights have also been held in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester. For more information about the Office of the Attorney General, please visit www.ag.ny.gov or call the Attorney General's Helpline at 1-800-771-7755.