Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, November 2005

NJ Governor Brings Back Public Advocate

     Acting Governor Richard Codey signed legislation (A1424) in July that brings back the Department of Public Advocate to NJ.  The Public Advocate, created in 1974 by former Governor Brendan Byrne and eliminated in 1994 by former Governor Christine Whitman, serves as an independent voice for the people representing the interests of the citizen against all others, including government itself.  The Department of the Public Advocate will be established on January 17, 2006.  The incoming governor will appoint the Public Advocate, who will serve during that governor’s term. 

New York Groups and Agencies Discuss Ocean Initiatives

     Recently, COA attended the “New York State Ocean & Great Lakes Symposium.”  The purpose of the symposium was to hold informed discussions among a broad range of experts and representatives of key constituencies to identify policy actions that are most relevant for NY to enhance the State’s coastal environment and economy.  Some of the issues that were discussed included the siting of offshore energy infrastructure, ports, ocean governance, and pollution.  To hear more about the symposium and the discussions, contact Kari at COA.


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