State of the Air: New York

Trisha SheehanContact Trisha Sheehan at to learn more or volunteer.

Trisha manages the field staff and volunteers across the country to develop and deploy strategic plans to increase grassroots advocacy on key environmental issues at the local, state and federal level. Trisha works with elected officials to advocate for strong policies at every level of government to protect our children’s health from toxic chemicals, air pollution and the impacts from climate change. Trisha lives in New Jersey with her three young sons.  

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Here’s what we’re working on in New York:

Moms Clean Air Force New York brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health.  We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.  We educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions.  We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health.  By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in  New York that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

New York borders the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes on earth, the Great Lakes. Source of drinking water to more than 40 million people, the Great Lakes are threatened by pollution and declining water levels, which is already resulting in increased algal bloom production. Scientists predict that climate change will cause water levels in the Great Lakes to drop significantly in coming decades, threatening this source of not only vital drinking water, but also transportation, tourism, commercial fishing operations, manufacturing operations, and sportsmen industries. This is another way that New Yorkers understand the personal, immediate impacts of climate change on our homes and communities.

In New York, we are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development. We support Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. We also support the Governor’s plan to promote clean energy initiatives in the Southern Tier.

Moms Clean Air Force New York joined the Just Green Partnership, working for environmental health and justice for New York’s citizens. The JustGreen Partnership supports a Children’s Environmental Health Agenda to turn the tide and protect the health of New York’s most vulnerable residents.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in New York.

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in New York:

Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities.  We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community and take action on climate change.   We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force New York is supporting national campaigns:

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and EPA leadership, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Tell Your Governor: Take the Lead on Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children. Let your governor know that you demand climate action and you need them to take the lead.

New York’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Natural Gas (37%)

  • Nuclear (32%)

  • Hydro (24%)

  • Wind (4%)

  • Other (4%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Albany-Schenectady, New York is tied for 1st ranked for cleanest metropolitan area for short-term particle pollution

Over 9% of New York children have asthma

Staten Island was ranked the dirtiest in the state for ozone pollution

From 2013 to 2014, the number of New Yorkers living in counties with failing air quality doubled, reaching 8.8 million people

According to the ALA, the Bronx and Manhattan both receive a score of F for ozone air pollution

New York has joined other New England states in calling for the tighter regulation of air pollution that drifts in from Ohio and other midwestern states where emissions are not as strictly regulated

By the metric of most people living on land less than 10 feet above the high tide line, New York City is the most threatened city in the long run by climate causing sea level rise.

Climate Change May Increase Risk of Heart Defects in Babies

BY Laura Dorwart ON February 5, 2019
Any mom who has experienced heat exposure while pregnant knows just how harrowing it can be. Having entered the last trimester of my pregnancy during a summer in San Diego with unreliable air conditioning, I still remember how uncomfortable and vulnerable I felt. That feeling...

TOPICS: California, Children's Health, Climate Change, Georgia, Heat and Extreme Weather, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Utah

Here’s How Mom Activists Get it Done in 1 Week

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 22, 2019
Last week, Moms Clean Air Force had an action-packed week. Monday, January 14: Moms Arrive in D.C.   On Monday, January 14, we welcomed families to Washington, D.C. for a training in preparation of meeting with their members of Congress to make it clear that...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Arizona, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Massachusetts, MCAF News, New York, Politics, Pollution, Washington DC
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Past Events

July 2018

Members of Moms Clean Air Force New York attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

January 2018

Moms Clean Air Force members testified at a hearing focused on America’s Clean Power Plan in New York City.

July 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New York members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC, where they met with Senator Schumer’s and Senator Gillibrand’s staff.

May 2016

Wendy Cole, Director of Maple Street School, conducted a Read-In of Every Breath We Take at Maple Street School, 21 Lincoln Rd, Brooklyn, NY.

Moms Clean Air Force New York attended Dear Tomorrow and 100% Campaign’s ‘Toast To The Mamas’ Event in Brooklyn, NY. The event kicked-off a Mother’s and Father’s Day campaign launched by DearTomorrow in partnership with the Solutions Project, Climate Parents and Moms Clean Air Force.

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force New York participated in two special screenings of Love Thy Nature at Cinema Village. After the screening, attendees enjoyed a Q&A with the film director Sylvie Rokab and a special presentation of “Every Breath We Take”.

October 20, 2015: Participated in a round table discussion with We Act’s Executive Director Peggy Sheppard and Assistant City Commissioner Tom Mette in NYC on outdoor air pollution.

May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force New York members gathered at the state capitol in Albany to call on elected officials to take action on climate change. The New York Mama Summit was co-sponsored with Clean and Healthy New York and focused on toxic chemicals in children’s products. More than 50 participants gathered in Albany for a press conference on the steps of the Million Dollar Staircase and meetings with more than 30 lawmakers to talk about children’s health.

September 2014: Moms Clean Air Force New York lead the parent contingent at the People’s Climate March. Together, we united to march with other concerned citizens, organizations, celebrities, families, and politicians to demand strong action on climate change.

2014: Moms Clean Air Force New York was proud to lend their support to over 400 families, activists, concerned citizens, and partner organizations who oppose the construction of the Port Ambrose LNG facility that is proposed to be built off of the coast of New York City and New Jersey at a public hearing.

Moms Clean Air Force New York presented on indoor asthma triggers at the New York City We Act Healthy Homes Summit.  At the summit, attendees learned simple solutions that they could take to limit their child’s asthma triggers, such as removing stuffed animals from the home and vacuuming often.

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Andrew Cuomo

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Governor Cuomo on fracking in December 2014“If you don’t believe your children should live there, I agree … no child should live there,”

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Kirsten Gillibrand

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Chuck Schumer

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US House of Representatives

Lee Zeldin (District 1)

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Pete King (District 2)

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Thomas Suozzi (District 3)

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Kathleen Rice (District 4)

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Gregory Meeks (District 5)

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Grace Meng (District 6)

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Nydia Velazquez  (District 7)

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Hakeem Jeffries (District 8)

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Yvette D. Clarke (District 9)

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Jerrold Nadler (District 10)

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Max Rose (District 11)

  • 265 New Dorp Lane, Second Floor
    Staten Island, NY 10306
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  • Phone: (202) 225-3371
  • Twitter: @RepMaxRose

Carolyn Maloney (District 12)

  • 1651 3rd Avenue, Suite 311
    New York, NY 10128-3679
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  • Phone: (212) 860-0606
  • Twitter: @RepMaloney

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Adriano Espaillat (District 13)

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  • 1630 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
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  • Phone: (202) 225-4365
  • Twitter: @EspaillatNY

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (District 14)

  • 82-11 37th Ave., Suite 402
    Queens, NY 11372
  • Phone: (718) 779-1400
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 Jose E. Serrano (District 15)

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Eliot Engel (District 16)

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Nita Lowey (District 17) 

  • 222 Mamaroneck Ave., #312
    White Plains, NY 10605
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  • Phone: (914) 428-1707
  • Twitter: @NitaLowey

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Sean Patrick Maloney (District 18)

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Antonio Delgado (District 19)

  • 2 Hudson St
    Kinderhook, NY 12106
  • Phone: (518) 610-8133
  • Twitter: @DelgadoforNY19

Paul D. Tonko (District 20)

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Elise Stefanik (District 21)

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Claudia Tenney (District 22)

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Tom Reed (District 23)

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John Katko (District 24)

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Joe Morelle (District 25)

Brian Higgins (District 26)

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Chris Collins (District 27)

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