On December 17th Governor Cuomo signed the light pollution bill, A7489B/B5275B, that had been passed by the Legislature back in June. The bill will require most state-funded new/replacement outdoor lighting to be fully shielded.
Here are links to some of the press releases that were issued to announce the signing:
Although this legislation is not as comprehensive as previous bills advanced by SELENE, we are delighted to have it on the books. We are grateful to our steadfast sponsors, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and Senator Carl Marcellino, their dedicated and talented aides, and all the individuals and environmental organizations that have supported this effort over many years.
Thanks to all of you!
The New York State Legislature has enacted 2014’s light pollution bill! S5275-B passed the Senate on June 18th, and A7489-B passed the Assembly on June 19th.
The bill will require most new/replacement outdoor lights installed by State agencies to be fully shielded. It is not as comprehensive as some bills that were considered in earlier years of this effort, and it isn’t well written. But…assuming we can persuade the Governor to sign…it’s a start and will obviously have a big impact in areas with many State roads or other facilities.
If you are as pleased with this news as SELENE is, you might convey your appreciation to our prime sponsors, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and Senator Carl Marcellino, who have fought this fight on our behalf for many years. Thanks to you both and to your stellar legislative aides as well!
Please let the Governor know that you support A7489-B/S5275-B and want him to sign it!
A new NYS light pollution bill was introduced late in the 2013 legislative Session. This was prompted by a so-called “model” state bill drawn up by several industry organizations that had surfaced earlier in the year. After some of the most serious flaws in the “model” had been repaired, the bill was introduced as A7489/S5275.
Like its immediate predecessor, this bill would require full shielding for most State-funded new/replacement outdoor lighting. The A version of this actually passed the Senate at the very end of Session!
You can review text of the 2014 bill at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A07489&term=2013. Please contact your representatives in the Senate and the Assembly and encourage them to become co-sponsors and to work for passage of this bill!
From the above page you can also view the Sponsor’s Memo, which contains information about and justification for the bill that may be useful in contacting your Senator and Assemblymember. As the memo notes, the purpose of the legislation to protect the nighttime environment, enhance safety and security, and conserve energy.