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Paul Gallay

Paul Gallay

Paul Gallay is an attorney, educator and non-profit executive working to protect community character and improve environmental sustainability. As President of Riverkeeper, Paul fights for a cleaner Hudson and safer drinking water for over nine million New Yorkers. Paul received degrees from Williams College and Columbia Law School. He was a visiting professor of environmental studies at Williams from 2004 to 2007. Read more

The transport of crude oil on and along the Hudson River presents a new and grave threat—the most significant new threat we've faced in a generation. More
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Exxon Valdez: hard lessons about the lingering impacts of oil spills
25 years after the Exxon Valdez spill shocked a nation, we seem to be at greater risk than ever. More
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Pete Seeger [Copyright Poughkeepsie Journal]
Pete Seeger has left us, but I still hear his voice clear as day. We at Riverkeeper mourn the man and offer our hearts to his family and friends. And, we promise to carry on his work and make the most of the gifts he […] More
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NY faces a $36 Billion backlog in spending for clean water infrastructure
With only three days until Governor Cuomo releases his 2014 budget plan, the Albany Times Union has this advice: Invest in clean water, Governor. Riverkeeper couldn’t agree more. The Governor’s own environmental agency calls our failure to invest adequately in water infrastructure a “gathering storm” […] More
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Photo by James D'Addio
Fix the broken window, and people take more pride in their neighborhood, forcing the nefarious elements out. That’s the idea. Polluters tend to pollute where there's already pollution. The formula for stopping pollution is to clean up the mess—and then keep close watch. More
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All of us at Riverkeeper are proud to share with you that we’ve been rated by Charity Navigator as a 4-star charity, for the first time since the economic recession. More
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Why has New York's environmental agency been hit with such deep cuts?
Are political claims that we are balancing economic and environmental interests just feel-good rhetoric. More
The headline in Bloomberg News says it all: our latest court case, “Riverkeeper vs. Cuomo” is a “billion-pound manure fight” over the Gov’s decision to eliminate longstanding water protection rules for dairy farms. The Governor’s spokesman tells Bloomberg that the state is simply eliminating “overly […] More
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3.3 Million - That’s how many fish and other Hudson River organisms are killed every day on average at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. More
PSC Sends Rockland Desalination Plant Back to Drawing Board More
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This is What Democracy Looks Like
If you support grass-roots democracy — and politicians who are willing to fight for it — please like and share this post. Riverkeeper is a proud partner of the folks pictured here – the Rockland Water Coalition. They’re fighting a proposed desalination plant that would […] More
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237 years after the Declaration of Independence, the spirit of freedom is alive and well in New York’s environmental movement. It’s there, in the amazing statewide campaign to protect us from the ravages of fracking. And, in the fight against a senseless desalination project in […] More