Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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NY State Lighting Ordinance needs a vote by December 17

If you hate that streetlight blaving into your bedroom window, or that security light from that warehouse shining into your dining room, then read on. From the International Dark-Sky Association

We need your help now!

In 8 days the New York State Outdoor Lighting Act is dead in the water if Governor Cuomo doesn't sign the bill into law.

The bill (A07489B/S5275B) requires New York state agencies to use fully shielded lighting for all new parking lot and roadway fixtures. The New York Assembly and Senate passed the bill last June, but Governor Cuomo has yet to sign it.

We need you to demand Governor Cuomo to do the right thing and sign the bill!

We've already urged the Governor to sign by the Wed., Dec. 17 deadline. Now it's time to add your voice before it is too late.

Take Action!

Please call Governor Cuomo at +1 518 474 8390 (and choose option 3). Tell him that you support the New York State Outdoor Lighting Act and you want him to act now. You can also write to him online here.

http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact

These simple controls have been adopted in numerous states and will help New York save energy, money, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the negative effects poor outdoor lighting has on the environment and human health. But it wont happen unless the Governor signs the bill.

You have 8 days to act.

Help change history and tell the Governor to sign this important piece of legislation. Your voice can help protect New York's night skies for generations to come.

Thank you for all that you do for dark skies,

W. Scott Kardel

Acting Executive Director
International Dark Sky Association
P.S. Please encourage others to demand Governor Cuomo sign the New York State Outdoor Lighting Act pollution bill before the Dec. 17 deadline!
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www.darksky.org



About Jason Kendall

I am currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University teaching astronomy. I hold a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. I am also a board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Since 2008, I have led the Inwood Astronomy Project which brought over 200 events of stargazing and public astronomy outreach to upper Manhattan, including the historic Inwood Star Fest, where Inwood Hill Park lights were turned off as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event in IYA2009. This was the first time in New York City history when park lights were turned off for an astronomy event. I've also focused on park safety due to an uptick in sexual assaults in Washington Heights and Inwood during 2011. I've worked to make our parks safer by encouraging public use of parks at night through night-time events with Park Rangers. I have led numerous "starwatching parties" and astronomy events in New York City, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. I am also proud to have been part of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Program from 2009 to 2012. It all started way back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. I saw Saturn through Charlie's telescope at then Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and Bart encouraged me under those stars to study hard to come visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I finally did make it down there about a decade after Bart passed away, and I found the favorite spots in Tucson, Arizona, where Bart and his wife Priscilla would spend when they were not gazing at the stars. Bart and his wife were pioneers in the study of the Milky Way, and their studies of the starforming regions called Bok Globules. It's even in my family. My great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. He always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being human. My family has always been inspired by his words: "We look up to look within." I hope that you'll join me under the stars or at one of my talks.

Come see what's up in the sky!

Jason Kendall

We look up to look within

William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Astronomical Society of the Pacific Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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