Mineola, New York, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. ERIC WELTMAN, Brooklyn, a Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York, is holding a blue card with 100% by 2030 on it, referring to goal of 100% clean energy by 2030, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky, Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation. This 3rd public hearing on bill to fight climate change was on Long Island.

NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate Change

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 16, 2019

NYS Senate Climate & Community Protection Act

Invited speakers addressed the NYS Senate Democratic public hearing at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building yesterday, February 15, on the Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (District 9).

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. PHILIP MARINELLI, Huntington, is holding a green sign with'Text Renewable to 69866' and'OFF FOSSIL FUELS

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. PHILIP MARINELLI, Huntington, is holding a green sign with ‘Text Renewable to 69866’ and ‘OFF FOSSIL FUELS” on it, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky.(© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Earlier this week, hearings on the bill to fight climate change were held in Albany and in Manhattan, and this hearing on Long Island was the final one of the series.

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. Invited speaker addresses (L-R, at table) NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS, Assemblyman STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT, NYS Sen. TODD KAMINSKY, NYS Sen, KEVIN THOMAS, and Assemblywoman JUDY GRIFFIN, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. Invited speaker addresses (L-R, at table) NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS, Assemblyman STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT, NYS Sen. TODD KAMINSKY, NYS Sen. KEVIN THOMAS, and Assemblywoman JUDY GRIFFIN, during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Several Democratic Long Island elected officials joined Sen. Kaminsky, the Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation: NYS Senators John Brooks (District 8) and James Gaughran (District 5) and Kevin Thomas (District 6), and NYS Assembly members Steve Englebright (District 4) and Judy Griffin (District 21).

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. JON KAIMAN, Deputy County Executive in Suffolk, is interviewed by Fios 1 News in atrium of Nassau County Executive Building after he spoke at NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. 15th Feb, 2019. JON KAIMAN, Deputy County Executive in Suffolk, who spoke in support of Bill S7253, is interviewed by Fios 1 News in atrium of Nassau County Executive Building during the NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

A variety of speakers – including local elected officials, environmental educators and activist leaders, business representatives – spoke, some for and some against passing Senate Bill S7253.

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. Sister KAREN BURKE, of Sisters of St Joseph in Brentwood,s tands in audience after addressing climate change mitigation from a moral perspective during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. Feb. 15, 2019. Sister KAREN BURKE, of Sisters of St Joseph in Brentwood,s tands in audience after addressing climate change mitigation from a moral perspective during NYS Senate Public Hearing on Climate, Community & Protection Act, Bill S7253, sponsored by Sen. Kaminsky. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Sister Karen Burke of the Sisters of St. Joseph, in Brentwood, was one of the speakers  in support of the bill. She explained she was addressing the bill from a moral perspective, and that she wanted the NYS Senate to address and mitigate effects of climate change by passing the New York State Climate and Protection Act. 


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Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. During winter sunset, golden reflection of trees and building fills windows of Merrick Public Library on south shore of Long Island.

Missed the Rainbow, Caught the Puddle

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 31, 2019

Puddle

Driving on Long Island’s south shore at the end of yet another flash flood, I turned north toward the Merrick Library on Merrick Avenue and faced a fierce sunset.

I wanted to capture the fleeting sky show reflected on water, but the nearest body of water, a pond, was about a half mile away. So I turned west onto a soggy side street across from the library, saw a golden-orange reflection in a puddle, and pulled to the curb.

But a telephone pole and its wires were too prominent, so I slowly drove on, and as I passed a parked car discovered a lake of a puddle – the biggest one I ever saw this far inland from Merrick’s jagged shoreline. 

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road of suburban town on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road of suburban town on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After parking, I slowly walked around and around the puddle, all the while lifting and lowering and leveling my iPhone to capture the blaze. 

Rainbow

Later, back at home, I saw a flood of pictures on local news and social media of a full double rainbow that appeared before the sunset and before I paid attention to the sky that late afternoon.

But if I’d caught the rainbow, I’d have missed that fiery puddle sunset.

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road, on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road, on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


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