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When: 10:30 AM
Where: Astor Place in Manhattan

2022 Pokey & Schleppie Awards

The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter rolled out the red carpet to release our report on the slowest bus and most unreliable bus lines in New York City!

And the "winners" are:

When: 11 AM
Where: City Hall in Lower Manhattan

NYPIRG rallied to demand that Mayor Adams fully implements and enforces New York City's landmark Local Law 97!

Energy use in buildings is responsible for about 70% of the City's climate pollution. Local Law 97 is the world's most important municipal-level climate/jobs law. But not if Mayor Adams guts or weakens it by opening up giant loopholes or delaying penalties, which would make the law toothless. Together with our coalition partners, we pointed out that the recent heat wave underscores that the City must take on the climate crisis, especially as the federal and state governments fail to do so.

When: 12 PM
Where: City Hall in Lower Manhattan

NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign – along with students, elected officials, and other transit advocates – celebrated Mayor Adams, MTA, and DOT's plans for 20 miles of new bus lanes and busways this year!

Bus lanes and busways speed up commute times, are critical transit improvements for communities underserved by the subway system, and can be installed quickly and affordably compared to subway expansions. They must be installed during warm weather months, so the season is upon us.

As the event unfolded, large paper renderings of 21st Street in Astoria, Queens and Fordham Road and Gun Hill Road in the Bronx were rolled out and painted red to re-envision the streets with bus lanes and busways rather than congested with passenger cars. The painters were also joined by City Councilmember Gale Brewer and City Councilmember Sandy Nurse.

When: 2 PM
Where: Virtual

MAKE POLLUTERS PAY!

We are facing an existential threat posed by a rapidly heating planet. The climate changes resulting from the burning of fossil fuels could cost New Yorkers tens of billions of dollars in damages caused by more powerful storms, more intense and frequent heat waves, and an increase in pollution.

For decades, the fossil fuel industry championed climate change denial and opposed regulations to curtail global warming. It is now time for them to pay for the damage that they knowingly caused!

NYPIRG joined a news conference in support of the state's Climate Change Superfund Act, which would assess fees on the fossil fuel extractors and oil refiners that caused climate change based on their companies’ individual percentage share of total carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

Let's hold corporate polluters accountable!
When: 11:30 AM
Where: The Capitol in Albany

Happy 40th birthday to New York's Bottle Bill!

NYPIRG was joined by other advocates and elected officials for a recycling birthday party in support of Assemblymember Steve Englebright and Senator Rachel May’s “Bigger Better Bottle Bill" (A.10184/S.9164), which was introduced 40 years after passage of the first Bottle Bill. The event celebrated the success of the landmark recycling law, and emphasized the need to modernize the law for 40 more years of success.

When: 11 AM
Where: Jim DiNapoli Park in Albany
CLIMATE CAN'T WAIT!

Climate activists from all across New York State poured into the capital to tell our governor and Legislature that New York State must be a national and global leader in the fight to combat the devastating effects of climate change.

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This NYC Bus Route Just Won an Award for Being the Slowest in Town  (Thrillist, August 9, 2022)
Straphangers Campaign names annual Schleppie, Pokey awards for poor bus service in New York City  (ABC News, August 8, 2022)
Slow in the City: Straphangers Campaign reveals the most dawdling, unreliable NYC bus lines  (AM New York, August 8, 2022)
Pokey Awards: This Staten Island bus travels at an average speed of 8 mph  (Staten Island Advance, August 8, 2022)
2022 ‘Pokey and Schleppie' Awards Name M102 Bus Slowest in NYC  (NBC News, August 8, 2022)
Voting on college campuses is made easier  (WAMC, August 8, 2022)
NYPIRG: Brooklyn's B12 bus route was least reliable in NYC  (News 12 New Jersey, August 8, 2022)
Slowest bus route in city awarded a 'golden snail'  (NY1, August 8, 2022)
Pokey awards for NYC’s slowest buses return from pandemic hiatus, featuring a surprise appearance  (Gothamist, August 8, 2022)
Qué tan lentos son los autobuses en la ciudad de Nueva York  (Univision, August 8, 2022)
Former Assemblyman Pat M. Casale dies  (Albany Times-Union, August 6, 2022)
Thursday’s Headlines: Ferry Bad News Edition   (Streetsblog, August 4, 2022)
Wrongful death legislation could change the game for Manhasset family, others  (The Island 360, August 3, 2022)
Upstate, Crouse ripped for evading merger scrutiny: ‘There’s just red flags all over the place’  (NNY 360, August 3, 2022)
New York civic groups call for COVID review panel with teeth  (Spectrum News, August 2m 2022)
The Summer Heat Triggers Algal Blooms  (WAMC, August 1, 2022)
Hochul draws bipartisan heat after another ‘pay-to-play’ deal with donor awarded Medicaid business  (NY Post, August 1, 2022)
New York's newly created state ethics panel is off to a slow start  (WXXI, July 26, 2022)
Getting ahead of the crises  (WAMC, July 25, 2022)
Hochul should sign economic development reform bills  (The Oneonta Daily Star, July 19, 2022)
News Archive
NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter Release 17th Annual Pokey and Schleppie Awards on Bus Performance
Governor Approves Three Steps Toward Meeting Goals of Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act (CLCPA)
NYPIRG Applauds Move and Urges Governor to Sign Cryptocurrency Moratorium Act, and Include All-Electric Building Act and EV Car Charging Station Expansion Bill in 2023 Executive Budget
Policy Close Up: Climate Scorecard 2022
NYPIRG Submits 2022 Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan Comments
NYPIRG Releases “Albany Money Machine”
Albany Fundraising Fires up, Despite Pandemic
137 Fundraisers in Albany, or Virtual, or by Leadership During 2022
New “Normal” a Lot Like the Old One
Straphangers Campaign Hosts Bus Lane Painting Party — Celebrate Plans for 20 Miles of New Bus Lanes in 2022
State Court Rules DEC Can Deny Permit on Danskammer Fracked Gas Power Plant as It Undermines NYS's Climate Law
NEW! NYPIRG's updated Legislative Profiles offer New Yorkers a “one-stop” opportunity to conveniently examine publicly-available information on their state legislators.
Tale of the Tape: NYPIRG’S 2022 Legislative Review
Number of Bills that Passed Both Houses Increased
Governor's Use of Emergency "Messages of Necessity" Jumps
NYPIRG reacts to the environmental actions of the 2022 session. The State Legislature passed three major bills in the last days of session which place New York in the national forefront on energy efficient standards, expansion of geothermal renewable energy, union just transition, and hit the appropriate pause button on cryptocurrency mining.
VICTORY! News Release: NYPIRG Celebrates Passage of Right to Repair Bill by NYS Legislature
Release: Mayday Distress Signal for Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Without Passage of All-Electric Buildings Act this Session
NYPIRG and over 50 other environmental and community organizations call on Governor Hochul and state legislative leaders to make the climate polluters pay. NYPIRG also joined state Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Dinowitz calling for the oil, gas, and coal industries to be held financially liable for the costs of global warming
*UPDATE: NYPIRG will be working with Donald Ross’ family and friends to organize an event celebrating his life. We are planning on the event occurring sometime in the early fall.
NYPIRG, Statewide Groups and Legislators Hold 40th Birthday Party for the “Bottle Bill” Advocates Call on State Legislature to Pass Bill This Session to Expand and Modernize NY’s Most Successful Recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility Law
Donald Ross, 1943-2022 – We are saddened by the loss of Donald Ross, our first executive director and a lifelong, visionary champion for the public interest.
NYPIRG joined with lawmakers and families who have lost loved ones due to others' negligence to urge New York to modernize its Wrongful Death Law. NYPIRG also released results of its survey of state Wrongful Death Laws showing New York at the bottom in terms of recognizing family losses
NYPIRG joined with lawmakers and consumer, health, and food safety organizations to urge passage of legislation to blunt the growing threat of antibiotics resistant infections (aka "superbugs").
217 Groups Call on Legislature to Pass Climate Justice CLCPA Building Bills for Earth Week
NYPIRG calls higher education budget a step forward, but much more needs to be done.
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