October 12, 2017




Democrats score high on state environmental scorecard

ALBANY – The annual environmental scorecard from Environmental Associates of New York reflects the same trend as it has for years – that Democratic state lawmakers scored higher than Republicans.

Several Democratic Hudson Valley Assembly and Senate members scored 100 for voting on issues important to the organization during the 2017 session. They include Senators David Carlucci, George Latimer and Andrea Stewart Cousins.

Assembly Democrats with perfect scores include Thomas Abinanti, Didi Barrett, Kevin Cahill, Sandra Galef, Ellen Jaffee, Amy Paulin and Gary Pretlow.

On the other end of the spectrum, the lowest environmental record in the legislature went to the Mid-Hudson’s Republican Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, who scored 55 on Environmental Associates’ scorecard.

The recently appointed US Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator, former Republican Assemblyman Peter Lopez, scored a 74.

Environmental Associates’ Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz said the “anti-environmental clouds gathering in Washington” began in January with the new Trump Administration cabinet nominees.

“We were looking at people like former Exxon Mobil CEO, who is now the secretary of State, going through his confirmation hearings, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as well,” Iwanowicz said. “So it is hard to contemplate the New York State legislative session 2017 without at least reminding folks that it began under a cloud facing New York and coming from Washington DC and a cloud that was born equally responsible for anti-environmental rollbacks from the Trump Administration and Congress.”

Other GOP State senator scores included William Larkin and Susan Serino, each with 68.  George Amedore, Jr. and John Bonacic, each received 71. Senator Terrence Murphy scored 79.

In the Assembly, scores from other area Democrats include Didi Barrett and Frank Skartados, each with a 95 and Aileen Gunther with a 92.

Assembly Republican Kevin Byrne scored 69.  Republican Kieran Michael Lalor had an incomplete score.

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