Environment Committee


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

10:30 AM in Room 2B of the LOB

The meeting was called to order at 10:40 AM by Chairman, Rep. Albis J. 099.

The following committee members were present:


Chapin C. S30; Kennedy T. S12; Moore M. S22



Albis J. 099; Arconti D. 109; Byron G. 027; Carney D. 023; Case J. 063; Demicco M. 021; Dillon P. 092; Dubitsky D. 047; Gresko J. 121; Hennessy J. 127; McGorty B. 122; Megna R. 097; Miller P. 036; Miner C. 066; Mulligan G. 055; Mushinsky M. 085; Piscopo J. 076; Ryan K. 139; Scanlon S. 098; Stafstrom S. 129; Tong W. 147; Tweedie M. 013; Urban D. 043; Willis R. 064; Ziobron M. 034


Absent were:





Shaban J. 135

After calling the meeting to order at 10:35AM, Representative Albis stated that Representative Shaban would be absent due to minor surgery.

Representative Albis then stated the Committee would offer a tribute to Representative Terry Backer, who passed away in December of 2015. He said he had spoken with Representative Shaban, who wished to convey his deep appreciation for Representative Backer's contributions.

Representative Albis stated that Representative Backer was a legend and a champion for Long Island Sound, specifically citing his contribution to the Committee's passage of microbeads legislation.

Representative Miner cited the great contribution to everyone's thought process and conveyed Representative Backer's view that legislators have an extraordinary opportunity to speak and to act in the public's interest.

Senator Chapin expressed his enjoyment and admiration for Representative Backer's passion for Long Island Sound and for energy issues.

Senator Kennedy said he relied on Rep Backer's expertise during their time together on the Environment Committee, and admired the grace and courage with which he dealt with his illness.

Representative McGorty stated that Long Island Sound is cleaner today because of Representative Backer.

Representative Gresko stated that he had known Terry Backer for 25 years. He was a “larger than life” figure and a “man of the people.” His unassuming disposition made him easy to learn from. Representative Gresko feels he has big shoes to fill but is determined to “do him proud.”

Representative Albis them moved to Item III on the agenda and asked for a motion to raise items 1 - 8. Motion by Senator Chapin, seconded by Representative Gresko. Representative Albis then asked if there was any discussion on these items. There was no discussion and the motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Representative Albis announced that attendance would stay open until the start of the first session in the Environment Committee offices. He then then moved to Item IV on the agenda and announced that the Committee's first Public Hearing would be held on February 19th at 10:30AM in Room 2B of the Legislative Office Building, although this time could be subject to change.

The meeting was then recessed at 10:55AM.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 PM.


Jared Savas


Committee Clerk