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SPB Newsletters Listed by Date – 2010s

SPB Newsletters Listed by Date – 2010s

2020s 2010s 2000s 1990s Search Newsletter Archives: 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2019 Newsletter December/January 2019-20 Newsletter Download printable PDF version Listen to the Podcasts Merton Simpson Fighting Environmental Racial Injustice, December/January 2019 Air Pollution in Albanys South End, December/January 2019 Dunn Landfill Stinks Up the School; Parents and Residents Protest, December/January 2019 Proposals in the Pine Bush December/January 2019…

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Save the Pine Bush Loses a Friend Lou Ismay

Save the Pine Bush Loses a Friend Lou Ismay

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: Lou Ismay died on October 12. He was 96. One of the great environmental leaders and educators of the last half-century, he pioneered a unique course–the Environmental Forum–at the University at Albany where students chose and worked on important short- and long-term environmental projects that were often handed over to new students who took the course the following semester. Some projects continued for years. NYS government employees often provided tips for projects. The course was…

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The News comes to the Pine Bush – Dina Cappiello Speaks

The News comes to the Pine Bush – Dina Cappiello Speaks

by Lynne Jackson ALBANY: The First Presbyterian Church was the setting for the July Save the Pine Bush vegetarian/vegan lasagna dinner. Dina Cappiello, environmental reporter for the Hearst-owned Times Union regaled the diners with passionate tales of what it is like to be one of the 50 full-time environmental reporters in the country. Educated in science and journalism at Columbia University, Cappiello has beencovering the environmental beat at the Times Union for the past three years. By her own admission,…

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Save the Pine Bush Victorious! – Developer Removes Water Lines! Lynne Jackson Lynne Jackson (shown here on the left), knew she was short, but this picture really emphasized the point! On the right is Ken Screvin of Channel 6 News and a reporter from WRGB Radio. Lynne Jackson, secretary to Save the Pine Bush, keeps the paperwork straight for the lawsuit, faxes lots of stuff, organized creating incredible maps for the exhibits, and obsesses about the case. Lynne Jackson, on…

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The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Turns 25

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Turns 25

by Lynne Jackson ALBANY: The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission celebrated its 25th anniversary by throwing a wonderful party at the Discovery Center on Route 155 on October 29. A few people from Save the Pine Bush and I attended. Rezsin Adams often tells the story of how in 1988, then Assemblyman Richard Conners invited her to his office to tell her about the passage of ECL Article 46 which created the Commission. At the time, we thought that our…

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Save the Pine Bush Victorious! – Developer Removes Water Lines! Save the Pine Bush Victorious! Developer Removes Water Lines! August 10, 1998 was a great day for Save the Pine Bush. We watched as workers hired by developer Edward J. Pigliavento, Jr., removed water lines from the Pine Bush Preserve. Here are pictures from that wonderful day. Looking down Willow Street. The Pine Bush Preserve is on the left. The backhoe is digging up sand to find the water line…

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Save the Pine Bush Victorious! – Developer Removes Water Lines! Why We Do This Here is a major entry point to the Pine Bush Preserve. It is simply beautiful here. On the left, just out of range of the photo, is the location of the Tera Court subdivision. This is why we chose to fight this development. This photo actually does not do the area justice, go out and see for yourself why we like this land to stay just…

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Save the Pine Bush Victorious! – Developer Removes Water Lines! Do You Want to Buy a Home Here? Coldwell Banker has put up one of these signs in front of each proposed housing lot for the subdivision Tera Court which Edward J. Pigliavento, Jr. wants to build on Willow Street. Except, these quarter-million dollar and up custom houses will have no municipal water. And, our case is not over yet. Photo taken by Louis F. Ismay, August 10, 1998 and…

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Assemblywoman Pat Fahy and Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk After the Election: Doing the Peoples Work

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy and Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk After the Election: Doing the Peoples Work

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: Newly elected Assemblywoman Pat Fahy and state Senator Cecilia Thaczyk were the featured speakers at the January 16 Save the Pine Bush dinner held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Carol Waterman made the introductions. Ms. Tkaczyk had not yet been certified the winner but in her comments, she said she was certain she would prevail, which she did two days later. Pat Fahy began saying that while she barely had time to read the new…

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Lou Ismay and the Environmental Forum

Lou Ismay and the Environmental Forum

by Tom Ellis   One of the things I teach my students is that each of us can learn a lot from our elders, especially those who lead rich lives filled with interesting activities.  With that in mind, several months ago I asked Lou Ismay to speak at a SPB dinner which he did on November 14. Lou was introduced by Jackson Davis, who had taken the Environmental Forum course Lou taught at the University at Albany.  Jackson said when he showed up…

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Save the Pine Bush Victorious! – Developer Removes Water Lines! Media Frenzy The media came out in full force for our Press Conference announcing the removal of the water lines. In the background, note the backhoe digging up the water lines. From left to right: Lynne Jackson of Save the Pine Bush, Don Levy, Channel 10 News, Ken Screvin, Channel 6 news, reporter from WRGB, and John Wolcott. Usually, TV stations do not cover Pine Bush issues very often. One…

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Save the Pine Bush Victorious! – Developer Removes Water Lines! John Wolcott It was John Wolcott’s tireless enthusiasm and research that ensured Save the Pine Bush’s victory. Wolcott had spent years writing to government officials explaining the problem with Willow Street, but no one listened until Save the Pine Bush sued. Wolcott is Save the Pine Bush’s expert witness, having researched deeds back to the 1600’s, and determinining the owner of Willow Street. John Wolcott, on August 10, 1998. Photo…

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Save the Pine Bush Victorious! – Developer Removes Water Lines! Illegal Clearing On the right, you can see a pile of trees that were illegally cut down by Edward J. Pigliavento, Jr. in violation of court order. Pigliavento cleared the building lots of his subdivision, Tera Court in June even though the court had specifically issued an injunction against clearing or building until the court case was resolved. Photo taken by Louis F. Ismay, August 10, 1998 and generously donated…

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Burn Tires vs. Clean Air

Burn Tires vs. Clean Air

ALBANY, NY: Paul Tick and Tina Lieberman spoke at the January 15, 2020 SPB dinner about plans by Lafarge to burn tire at its cement factory in Ravena, twelve miles south of Albany. Paul began his comments with saying that when he moved to the capital region 32 years ago, he immediately looked for activists to hook up with and found Save the Pine Bush.  Paul quickly reviewed important Lafarge events of the past 26 months. In late 2017, Coeymans…

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Honoring Lou Ismay at the April SPB Dinner

Honoring Lou Ismay at the April SPB Dinner

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: “If we lose reverence for any part of life, we lose reverence for all of life,” said Save the Pine Bush member Lou Ismay at the April 17th SPB dinner at which Lou spoke about his launching the Protect Your Environment (PYE) Club at SUNY Albany fifty years ago. He said many future members of Save the Pine Bush met each other through PYE. Before Lou spoke, Lynne Jackson read proclamations honoring Lou and his…

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Done with the Dunn Dump

Done with the Dunn Dump

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: David Ellis of Rensselaer Residents Against Toxic Dumping and Lou Sebesta of Stop Trucks Assaulting Rensselaer (STAR) spoke at the May 15th SPB dinner about “Done with Dunn Landfill: Negative Impacts of Dunn C/D Dump Operations” in Rensselaer, and their efforts to close it. Later in the evening, George Keleshian of Zeroenergy Buildings, Inc., finished the presentation he did not have enough time to complete at the April SPB dinner. Before they spoke, Lynne Jackson…

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The Lac-M矇gantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied

The Lac-M矇gantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: “This book is about regulatory capture by a large corporate interest,” said Bruce Campbell. He discussed the 2013 runaway train explosion in the Quebec town of the Lac- Mégantic at the March 20 SPB dinner. Mr. Campbell is the author of The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied, published last year. He was joined by former Albany Common Councilman Dominick Calsolaro, who led the struggle against the “bomb trains” in Albany earlier this decade….

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Former Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols: Politics & Tobacco

Former Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols: Politics & Tobacco

by Tom Ellis   ALBANY, NY: Carol Waterman introduced former county legislator Timothy Nichols at the January 20 SPB dinner saying Tim sponsored a bill vetoed by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy that would have blocked pharmacies in Albany County from selling tobacco products.  Tim, who was also Chairman of the legislature’s health committee, and lost a bid for a fifth term in November, said he might have won had he “been a little more savvy” but the defeat opens new possibilities for…

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Ward Stone Speaks

Ward Stone Speaks

by Tom Ellis   ALBANY, NY: Saying “I am very happy to be here,” Ward Stone launched into a very interesting and wide-ranging lecture at the December 16th SPB dinner.  Using deadpan humor, he said, “I spent a very environmental evening” last night watching the Republican presidential candidates.  Later he said “These Republican candidates are not good for the environment . . . We need to educate the politicians.” Ward Stone, who is 77, was the NYS Wildlife Pathologist from 1969 to 2010.  He was…

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Don Reeb The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Don Reeb The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Tom Ellis   ALBANY, NY: Retired University at Albany economics professor and McKownville Improvement Association president Don Reeb was the speaker at the November 18 SPB dinner.  Don spoke about SUNY Poly — formerly College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE): The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  Don is 82 years old.  He said the neighborhood contain 900 houses and the neighborhood association has a $300 annual budget.  He said only forty percent of registered voters in county legislature districts 3 and 4 voted in November.  He makes…

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Michael McLaughlin, Director of Research for Albany County Executive Dan McCoy Speaks to SPB

Michael McLaughlin, Director of Research for Albany County Executive Dan McCoy Speaks to SPB

By Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: Michael McLaughlin, the Director of Research for Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, was the SPB dinner speaker on May 21, filling in for McCoy who was attending the convention of the NYS Democratic Party.  He said he is involved in many of McCoy’s policies. Mr. McLaughlin said the Polystyrene ban signed by McCoy in December is a flawed law, the county executive is taking steps to strengthen it, McCoy wishes to extend it to all restaurants, the…

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Earth Day Update from NYPIRG and EA

Earth Day Update from NYPIRG and EA

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: Laura Haight of NYPIRG and Katherine Nadeau of Environmental Advocates shared the podium at the April 16 SPB dinner.  They discussed the 2014 agenda they are lobbying at the state Capitol and the state energy plan. Laura said the annual statewide Earth Day Lobby Day will be on May 5 because the Legislature decided to take most of April off.  She said five issues have been identified as most compelling.  The first is fracking.  Ms. Nadeau…

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Don Reeb Speaks to Save the Pine Bush

Don Reeb Speaks to Save the Pine Bush

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: After a rousing introduction by Carol Waterman, Don Reeb spoke at the February 19 SPB dinner about “Cities and the Environment.” Don, now 80 years young, is a retired University at Albany economics professor, was co-leader of the Stop Crossgates mall campaign, and has been President of the McKownville Improvement Association for many years.  He said he can remember the Depression well. He is one of 11 children; the family lived in a three-room apartment,…

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Horizontality and Consensus: Group Decision Making for a True Democracy at the

Horizontality and Consensus: Group Decision Making for a True Democracy at the

by Tom Ellis WASHINGTON, DC: 50,000 of us marched on Washington DC on Sunday, February 17, 2013, the largest climate demonstration yet, called “Forward on the Climate.” As Reverand Yearwood, who MCed the event said “ 50 years ago was very important, right here, Dr. Martin King marched. We marched for jobs and food. We marched for Equality. ….We all came together as humanity. But guess what? This rally 50 years later is as important or more important because, as…

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Earth Day SPB Dinner

Earth Day SPB Dinner

by Tom Ellis ALBANY: As is usual, the April SPB dinner featured a variety of speakers and an Earth Day theme.  Each spoke 5-10 minutes.  Lynne Jackson introduced them and said the people who began Save the Pine Bush met at SUNYA (now the University at Albany) in the 1970s. Saima Anjam of Environmental Advocates (EA) discussed the legislative agenda for the April 23rd statewide Earth Day Lobby Day.  One bill is the Child Safe Products Act that would allow for the banning of whole classes…

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Archaeology in the Pine Bush

Archaeology in the Pine Bush

by Tom Ellis   ALBANY: Derrick Marcucci of Landmark Archeology was the featured speaker at the November 16 SPB dinner at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He said most of his firm’s Pine Bush work involves development proposals, the number of which have dropped off quite a bit in the past three years. The Pine Bush he said, has been a natural corridor between the Hudson and Mohawk River valleys, was once 40 square miles, and is a unique ecosystem. Developers,…

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The Way We Were

The Way We Were

by Tom Ellis   ALBANY, NY: Don Rittner was the guest speaker at the June 20 SPB dinner.  Don was introduced by John Wolcott who said Don took Albany by storm in 1973 with his archaeological research of the Isaac Truax Tavern on the King’s Highway that George Washington stopped in six times.  He said Don also has the distinction of being fired by Albany Mayors Erastus Corning and Tom Whalen. Don titled his presentation, “The Way We Were.”  Using a PowerPoint,…

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Podcasts

Podcasts

Subscribe to "Dinner with Save the Pine Bush" on iTunes! Table of Contents Dan Van Riper from albanyweblog.com speaks about The Proposed Sewage Treatment Plant in Lincoln Park, May 16, 2019 Anne Pope, Rev Sam Johnson and Stephanie Woodard speak about The Rapp Road Historical Association, January 16, 2019 Ward Stone, Former NYS Wildlife Pathologist and Keith Schue speak about Health Effects of the ANSWERS Plant Pollution and The Proposed Sheridan Hollow Gas-Fired Power Power Plant, February 20, 2019 Bruce Campbell Canadian author speaks about…

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Archaeology in the Pine Bush

Archaeology in the Pine Bush

by Tom Ellis ALBANY: Derrick Marcucci of Landmark Archeology was the featured speaker at the November 16 SPB dinner at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He said most of his firms Pine Bush work involves development proposals, the number of which have dropped off quite a bit in the past three years. The Pine Bush he said, has been a natural corridor between the Hudson and Mohawk River valleys, was once 40 square miles, and is a unique ecosystem. Developers, he…

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Lou Ismay and the Environmental Forum

Lou Ismay and the Environmental Forum

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: On August 21, Lou Ismay completed the lecture he began in April about his experiences teaching and leading the Environmental Forum course at the University at Albany beginning fifty years ago. Lynne Jackson introduced Lou saying Lous office was in the Arts building. Lou hung strings from the ceiling connected to manila folders with the names of the many Forum guest speakers. Lynne happily recalled the cookie jar in Lous office that held large cookies….

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SPB Newsletters Listed by Date – 2020s

SPB Newsletters Listed by Date – 2020s

2020s 2010s 2000s 1990s Search Newsletter Archives: 2023 2022 2021 2020 2023 Newsletters News Articles from April / May 2023 Newsletter The Costco Public Hearing & Climate Change by Lynne Jackson – April / May 2023 Newsletter Ward Stone NYS Wildlife Pathologist Worked for the People by Lew Oliver – April / May 2023 Newsletter Ward Stone was employed by the state but he worked for the people, animals, and environment by…

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Podcasts

Podcasts

Subscribe to “Dinner with Save the Pine Bush” on iTunes! Table of Contents Dan Van Riper from albanyweblog.com speaks about The Proposed Sewage Treatment Plant in Lincoln Park, May 16, 2019 Anne Pope, Rev Sam Johnson and Stephanie Woodard speak about The Rapp Road Historical Association, January 16, 2019 Ward Stone, Former NYS Wildlife Pathologist and Keith Schue speak about Health Effects of the ANSWERS Plant Pollution and The Proposed Sheridan Hollow Gas-Fired Power Power Plant, February 20, 2019 Bruce Campbell Canadian author speaks about…

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Newsletters Articles Ordered by Subject

Newsletters Articles Ordered by Subject

Search Newsletter Archives: What is Full Protection, Partial Protection and who is the Pine Bush? – By Lynne Jackson – June / July 2022 Newsletter A Tribute To Lew Oliver, our wonderful lawyer The Pine Bush’s Most Famous Resident – The Karner Blue Butterfly Save the Pine Bush Victories and Fights The Thruway Authority Comes Across Royally, Dec 99/Jan 00Save the Pine Bush is 25!, Mar/Apr 03 Legislation regarding standing in court We Need the Environmental Access to Justice Act,…

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