Kavanagh Pushes for Ban on Natural Gas in New Buildings
State Senator Brian Kavanagh: “If we are serious about reducing the harmful effects of climate change, we must stop adding infrastructure that requires fossil fuels.”
State Senator Brian Kavanagh led a Monday rally of environmentalists at City Hall Park on Monday to urge passage of the All-Electric Building Act, a proposed law that he is sponsoring in the upper house of the State legislature. This measure would prohibit the issuance of permits for the construction of new gas-powered buildings starting in 2023, along with conversions of existing buildings starting next year, except in cases where builders or owners can demonstrate that “there are truly no feasible alternatives.”
“If we are serious about reducing the harmful effects of climate change, then we must take aggressive action to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in all sectors of our society and economy, especially within the building sector,” Senator Kavanagh said. “And we must stop adding infrastructure that requires fossil fuels.”
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says that buildings account for 28 percent of the nation’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr. Kavanagh, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, says his bill will help achieve the goals for reduction of greenhouse gas emission outlined in the 2019 New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which aims to bring the State to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He also contends that the measure will improve public health and indoor air quality, citing studies indicating that indoor gas appliances greatly increase the emission of both carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide within the home. Such exposures have been linked to higher risk of children developing asthma or related pulmonary illnesses.
“Total household electrification is our future, not only to meet our greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, but to achieve a standard of living that is healthier, more cost effective and efficient,” said Roger Downs, Conservation Director, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. “Renewable-energy driven technology will soon heat and cool all our homes, dry our clothes, cook our food, charge our vehicles and power our lives. But we cannot make this transition if the state of New York continues to facilitate and subsidize new fracked gas hookups where we should be showcasing innovation and modernity.”
This development comes among a gradually rising tide of similar bills in other state legislatures, along with a backlash against such measures that is gathering momentum. The states of Washington and California have passed measures that echo Senator Kavanagh’s bill, while Massachusetts and Vermont are considering such laws. But the legislatures of 19 states have enacted laws that prohibit municipalities from adopting building codes that ban the use of natural gas in new or existing buildings.
On the global stage, the International Energy Agency in May urged decision-makers around the world to enact, no later than 2025, bans on the sale of furnaces that burn fossil fuels, and to begin phasing out the use of such machinery in existing buildings.
Locally, the New York City Council is considering an analogous measure, which would have a nearly identical impact. Intro 2317 (co-sponsored by Council member Margaret Chin, who represents Lower Manhattan) would “prohibit combustion [of fossil fuels for heating or cooking] in any new building or any building that has undergone a major renovation.” Similar local ordinances have been enacted San Francisco and Sacramento, along with a dozen-plus other California cities and towns, as well as in Seattle.
The Real Estate Board of New York, a trade association that represents building owners, has responded to the City Council measure by arguing that “developing sensible policies for reducing the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas in buildings is laudable, but requires serious planning and a data-driven approach to ensure they are achievable and will help reach our shared climate goals. This legislation ignores ongoing substantive discussions and instead puts forward a fundamentally flawed proposal that would upend the lives of millions of residents across New York City and significantly increase costs for homeowners and renters. Further, this proposal will not effectively reduce carbon emissions because the City’s electricity will continue to be sourced almost entirely by fossil fuels when this proposal would be implemented, as well as for several years thereafter.”
‘A Victory for Every Community in Lower Manhattan’
City Council Candidate Christopher Marte Wins Race to Succeed Margaret Chin
Victorious City Council candidate Christopher Marte
Christopher Marte won by a wide margin the race to succeed Margaret Chin and represent Lower Manhattan in the City Council, according to preliminary results posted online by the City’s Board of Elections.
As of a few minutes after midnight, with 98.5 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Marte had garnered 15,055 votes out of 21,083 ballots cast, or approximately 71 percent of the total. He was trailed by Independent candidate Maud Maron, with 3,041 votes (or 14 percent), and Republican contender Jacqueline Toboroff, with 2,945 votes, or 13 percent.
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To the Editor:
I took the Downtown Connection bus this morning around 11:30 am from the Whole Foods back to Gateway.
Two other passengers were on the bus and we were all masked. The driver was NOT masked, and when two of us implored him to put on a mask he replied “my boss said I don’t have to wear one.”
Hope you can find out why things have gotten this way.
Downtown Alliance’s response:
We are currently using a substitute fleet for our red Downtown Connection buses because our operator failed to obtain proper insurance for our primary vehicles. Instead of suspending the service, we decided to use these other vehicles, even though they are less than ideal. We are not happy and have obviously shared our frustration repeatedly with the operator. We will keep pushing them to resolve this as quickly as possible and may have to explore other options.
As far as any driver refusing to wear a mask, that is unacceptable. Full stop. If any rider observes unsafe or uncooperative behavior displayed by a driver please contact us directly at https://downtownny.com/about-us/contact/with time, date, place and bus number (if possible) and we will take action.
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Alliance of Elected Officials Seeks to Ground Helicopters
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has brought together a coalition of City, State, and Federal elected officials from New York and New Jersey to fight the rampant proliferation of tourist helicopter flights over the greater metropolitan area.
In a letter sent Friday to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Ms. Brewer, Congressman Jerry Nadler, State Assembly member Deborah Glick, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, and City Council member Margaret Chin, along with 30 other officials from both states, say, “helicopters are hovering over our homes and public spaces, flying in between tall buildings and tormenting our residents with incessant noise. These aircraft operate over our cities, towns, and boroughs night and day, often without regard for public safety or quality of life.”
Planning Moves Ahead for Elevating Battery Waterfront
With the ongoing design process for the Battery Wharf resiliency project now 50 percent complete (and construction slated to begin in late 2022), Community Board 1 (CB1) is weighing in with concerns and ideas about how to refine the vision for raising the level of the waterfront esplanade in the Battery to protect the historic park against future sea-level rise and extreme-weather events.
The project to safeguard the one-third mile stretch of shoreline between Pier A (to the north) and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (in the south) has three primary aims: to raise the waterfront walkway five feet above its present elevation; to link up with other, similar projects nearby (as part of the broader Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency plan); and to improve drainage. The overall budget is $129 million, and the initiative is being managed by the City’s Economic Development Corporation, along with the Department of Parks and Recreation.
An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large-scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. Free.
Webinar with Michael Mauboussin. Most investment books try to assess the attractiveness of a stock price by estimating the value of the company. Expectations Investing, by Michael Mauboussin and Alfred Rappaport, provides a powerful and insightful alternative to identifying gaps between price and value.
The authors suggest that an investor start with a known quantity, the stock price, and ask what it implies for future financial results. After showing how to read expectations, they provide a guide to rigorous strategic and financial analysis to help investors assess the likelihood of revisions to these expectations. Free.
•109 West Broadway, application for new entry portal design inspired by the maritime history of downtown Manhattan – Resolution
•Noland Park, application for the replacement of windows at thirteen wood-framed buildings of similar type and construction with new aluminum/aluminum-clad replacement units that replicate the historic 6/6 configuration – Resolution
•The Arts Center at Governors Island, application for alteration of exterior cafe signage using aluminum panel and attached letterform illuminated lamps – Resolution
•Questions about Inclusion and Equity – Discussion
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we present Smoke Signals (1998, Chris Eyre), the first feature film written, directed, and produced by Native Americans. It is a story of two childhood acquaintances who become friends on a trip from their reservation in Idaho to Colorado. Virtual program. Registration required. Free.
Love stories during the Holocaust are as inspiring as they are remarkable. In photographer Max Hirshfeld’s new book Sweet Noise: Love in Wartime, he offers an intimate look at one of these stories through powerful photographs, a series of emotional love letters between his parents, and the narrative of a son’s pilgrimage exploring his origins. Join the Museum for a program exploring Hirshfeld’s work with the photographer and Jacqueline Kott-Wolle, a fellow artist and daughter of Holocaust survivors. Hirshfeld and Kott-Wolle will explore different forms of love, expression, and the idea that Jewish trauma and hardship did not end after the war. $10.
What better time than Saturday mornings to practice your art Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. BPCA will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. Free.
Antiques. Jewelry. Art. Vintage goods and local designers. A beloved street fair makes the move from the Lower East Side to the Seaport. Kicking off on Labor Day Weekend, Hester Street Fair is now in the neighborhood. Come and browse the stalls. Snack. Music by Wade and Sammy. Tightly curated. Wildly creative.
The tall ship Wavertree, the lightship Ambrose, and the tug W.O. Decker are open to the public. Explore Wavertree and Ambrose while they are docked; cruise New York Harbor on W.O. Decker.Wavertree and Ambrose visits are free; Decker prices vary. Check website for times, prices and other details.
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Darkest mornings, brightest stars—crescent moon dawn, then dusk, with planets
The week of November 1 through 6 is the best time all year to begin each day under heaven’s brightest stars and constellations – without waking up especially early. In morning darkness at 6am, through twilight, close to 7 o’clock, a view into the cosmos is ours. Find the brightest star in Earth’s skies, Sirius the Dog Star of Canis Major, in the southwest, alluring even through windows. Sirius is still brilliant at 6:40am and visible until close to 7am as the sky brightens and all other stars have faded. Until 6:30, gaze counterclockwise from Sirius to spot Rigel of Orion the Hunter, then Aldebaran of Taurus the Bull, up to Capella the Goat Star and around to Procyon the Little Dog Star. These distant suns and constellations, along with the slightly dimmer Gemini constellation, compose the Winter Circle. Refer to the illustration, above.
Alliance Aims to Encourage Storefront Startups in Lower Manhattan
The Downtown Alliance is offering a package of free incentives and support services, valued at $10,000, to help new retailers and restaurants seeking to open in Lower Manhattan. The Jump Start program is designed to give small businesses a better chance at success in both the physical and online marketplace, by offering up to 20 eligible applicants a customized strategic launch plan, along with four interactive consultation sessions. Services will include advice on everything from driving foot traffic to creating a successful e-commerce platform.