Fridsay, August 10, 2018

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Environmental Advocates rates state legislators

ALBANY – Some Hudson Valley/Catskills Assembly members and senators had perfect scores in the Environmental Advocates of New York annual report card.

The organization ranked them based on their votes on what they perceive to be key environmental issues including renewable energy, solar panel takeback, pollinator protection, drinking water transparency, parks pollution, tapping climate funds to bail out the Long Island Power Authority, clean energy versus coal, and FOILS for farms.

One issue rises to the top, said Environmental Advocates’ Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz, and it needs all the help it can get from New York.

“The nation really needs New York State to step up and lead on climate,” Iwanowicz said. “We have not seen that with executive authority under the governor from the first eight years of his tenure and in states where we have seen tremendous climate action, it typically has been because they have put their standards in law; they have made their commitments legally binding and after that happens, a lot of great work and progress and action flows from that.”

Scoring with a perfect 100 percent were Assembly members, all Democrats – Thomas Abinanti, Didi Barrett, David Buchwald, Kevin Cahill, Sandra Galef, Aileen Gunther, Ellen Jaffee, James Skoufis, Chris Tague and Kenneth Zebrowski. The lowest score in the Assembly came from Republican Kieran Lalor, with a 45, followed by Karl Brabenec with a 54.

In the Senate, the highest score, was recorded by Democrats David Carlucci and Shelley Meyers.

 


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