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Wednesday March 29, 2023
Contact  Michael S. Caruso
DEC's Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 1st Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-1550, or email:

Project Description: Maggies Run LLC applied to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department or DEC) for a Tidal Wetlands Permit to construct a commercial parking area with a gravel driveway surrounded by an 8-foot high chain link fence over approximately 0.39 acres of DEC regulated tidal wetlands adjacent area. The applicant proposed to enhance approximately 0.71 acres of existing tidal wetlands adjacent area on the property. Department staff noted that the Project failed to meet the applicable permit issuance standards of 6 NYCRR 661.9(c) because the Applicant failed to meet its burden to demonstrate that the Project would not have undue adverse impacts on the present and potential values of the adjacent tidal wetlands of Sawmill Creek, and that the Project would comply with the use guidelines in 6 NYCRR 661.5. By letter dated October 27, 2022, Department staff denied the Applicant's application for a Tidal Wetlands permit. Maggies Run LLC submitted a request for a hearing on DEC's denial dated November 18, 2022.

Written Public Comments: Written comments concerning the Applicant's permit application, DEC's notice of denial, and the Applicant's request for a hearing must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 29, 2023 and mailed to Administrative Law Judge Michael S. Caruso at DEC's Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 1st Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-1550, or emailed to ALJ Caruso at by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Written statements will be considered equally with oral statements given at the legislative public comment hearing, provided they are postmarked by Wednesday, March 29, 2023 or emailed by :00 p.m. on that date.

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 DEC to Hold Community Meetings on Community Air Monitoring Initiative Progress

Opportunities for Public Input and Review of Work Underway in Manhattan, Capital Region, Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Tonawanda Area, and the Bronx 
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced four meetings to provide progress updates for communities participating in the 2022-23 Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative. Mobile air monitoring began in July 2022 in Manhattan, the Capital Region, the Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Tonawanda area, and the Bronx. DEC held the first round of update meetings for these communities in December 2022. This next round of meetings will continue DEC’s efforts gathering community input to targeting emission sources and developing future strategies to reduce air pollution in these communities, including the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. 
At these meetings, DEC staff will discuss the ongoing statewide initiative and present a preliminary overview of the second quarter of air monitoring results specific to each community. Information presented will include how and where the air monitoring is conducted at the street level and how DEC will compile and analyze the data to identify potential contributors of emissions for each pollutant being monitored. Preliminary data collection is now underway, and results will be provided once additional information is compiled. 
DEC will also provide an update on development of community advisory committees to provide further opportunities for local stakeholder engagement throughout this initiative, as well as New York State’s development of an economywide Cap-and-Invest Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest the proceeds of emissions auctions to support the state’s transition to cleaner energy sources. DEC will continue to hold regular meetings over the next year to update communities on the progress of the air monitoring and to provide a forum for input. Staff from DEC's Division of Air Resources and the Office of Environmental Justice will be available to answer questions and respond to feedback. 
The next round of meetings for the other six communities that are part of this initiative – Brooklyn, Queens, Hempstead/New Cassel/Roosevelt/Uniondale/Westbury, Mount Vernon/Younkers/New Rochelle, Rochester, and Syracuse – are being planned for May. Additional update meetings for the Bronx, Manhattan, Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Tonawanda area, and Capital Region are expected to be held in June. 
Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Tonawanda 
When: Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m.
Meeting Number: 161 916 1371 
Meeting Password: CPspkuzY873 
Call In Number to join by phone only: 518-549-0500
For more information about the Community Air Monitoring Initiative, visit the DEC website at  
Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, and translator services shall be made available to persons with limited English proficiency, at no charge for either service, upon written request. Requests should be received 10 calendar days before each meeting, but DEC will make every effort to fulfill requests received closer to the meeting date. Requests can be directed to the NYSDEC Office of Communication Services, either by mail (address: NYSDEC, Office of Communication Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4500), by telephone (518-402-8044) or by e-mail ( 

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