John Cronin

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For 37 years, John Cronin has dedicated his career to water and environmental affairs. For his accomplishments, Time magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet” and People magazine described him as “equal parts detective, scientist and public advocate.”

Cronin is known internationally for his 17 years as Hudson Riverkeeper, a position that has inspired a legacy of 200 Waterkeeper programs that fight pollution on six continents. For this work, Time magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet” and the Wall Street Journal called him “a unique presence on America’s major waterways.”  Cronin also served as an aide to Republican Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr. and as an aide to Democratic Assemblyman Maurice Hinchey.  He was the lead environmental negotiator for the New York City Watershed Agreement, and was the author and lead lobbyist of three state environmental laws.


Increased whale sightings in New York City waters a sign of cleaner waters

Jul 6, 2017

While New York City is typically associated with things like the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty, John Cronin thinks we should add whales to that list.

Cronin, a renowned environmentalist and a professor at Pace University, said, "We should. New York City is a water city."

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USCG Suspends Hudson River Anchorages Proposal

Jun 9, 2017

“The fact remains that the Coast Guard can propose 47 anchorages on the Hudson without ever having to do an environmental impact statement and, in fact, they’re exempt from doing so,” says Cronin. “And the Pace Environmental Clinic believes that that loophole has to be closed, and we’ve proposed that to Congress.”

He says the regulatory change is needed to require the EIS under the National Environmental Policy Act.

“It’s the only smart thing to do right now. Promises from the Coast Guard don’t mean anything any longer,” Cronin says. “And we believe the proposal is going to come back at at least three-quarters the strength of the original.”

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NY Congressman's Amendment To Slow Anchorage Site Proposal Advances

May 25, 2017

“This is a very serious proposal and we want to make sure that we give each and every comment, each and every section and issue the due attention that it deserves,” Conroy says.

John Cronin is senior fellow for environmental affairs at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment.

“I think the amendment that Congressman Maloney proposed for the Coast Guard project is a good one,” says Cronin. “I don’t think it goes far enough.”

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Pace debaters win hearts, minds, and cash money

Apr 6, 2017

The students’ victory marks Pace University’s first-ever win at the Debating for Democracy competition, and faculty couldn’t be more proud of the scholars’ accomplishments.

“We are extremely proud of Rowan and Christina for their stunning performance at the competition, and for representing Pace University with intelligence and distinction,” said John Cronin, senior fellow at the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment.

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Pace University Students Uncover Coast Guard Deception

Feb 15, 2017

“This is one of the most egregious violations of public transparency and public trust I have seen in four decades working on Hudson River issues,” says Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs Prof. John Cronin. “The plan needs to be scrapped.”

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Officials: Don't make Hudson barge 'parking lot'

Aug 2, 2016

"It’s better off being a parking lot than being a source of jobs as it has been for hundreds of years for working commercial fishermen on the Hudson," Cronin said. "That is the federal government's view of the Hudson River.”

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Saving Elephants, Ennobling Albany

May 10, 2016

There is a story taking shape in the New York State Legislature. It does not involve campaign donations, wiretaps, no-show jobs or the United States Attorney Preet Bharara.

It involves elephants. Stick with us here. This is about a modest but heartening development in a place better known for its crooked deals and other abuses of democracy. Some students at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., have not given up on the Legislature. They believe they can, through reason alone, get it to ban the use of elephants in performances in New York.

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