2018-08-08 / Features

NYLCV Releases 2018 State Environmental Scorecard

The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) has announced the release of its 2018 Environmental Scorecard, reflecting how state legislators acted on important environmental and public health issues.

Since 1989, NYLCV has worked to lobby state and local elected officials on environmental issues, provide objective information about environmental policy to the public, and hold elected officials accountable. The organization began issuing a State Legislative Environmental Scorecard last year and has now issued the second annual scorecard for the first time ever in an election year.

The scorecard complemented the organization’s endorsement process – endorsed candidates will be announced later in August.

NYLCV issued memos on more than 30 bills throughout the session and sent a weekly Eco Hot List to policymakers, which included a list of all the bills it issued memos on and their status in each chamber. This year’s scorecard examined 13 key bills that addressed issues of clean energy, public health, and transportation. Of the bills scored, five passed the Senate and seven passed the Assembly. These bills were scored on whether or not a member voted for them on the floor. The remaining bills were scored on whether or not a member is a co-sponsor.

Marcia Bystryn, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said: “New York’s environment and public health are under assault from a hostile federal government and we need our legislators to fight for robust protections. This scorecard is a reflection of who prioritized our environment and who put personal quarrels first. Unfortunately, legislative leaders often put partisan brinkmanship ahead of protecting their constituents this session and killed multiple bills that would have easily passed had they been given a floor vote.

“We encourage voters to use this resource in the Fall 2018 elections when deciding who they want to represent their region and the environment. NYLCV will continue to fight for bills that failed to pass this session including the prohibition of offshore drilling, requiring disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products, safe disposal of paint, and reducing plastic bag waste. We will support legislation and policymakers that prioritize environmental progress, and expect higher scores in 2019.”

Highlights:

• 47 legislators earned a perfect score of 100% and 49 others received an 85% or higher.

• Regionally, the average score for state senators was highest in Westchester and the lowest was in the Capital Region, while the average assembly member score was highest in Manhattan and lowest in western New York.

• 22 state senators and 62 Assembly members received marks below 70%.

Average Scores by Conference:

• Senate Democratic Conference: 92%

• Assembly Democratic Conference: 83%

• Senate Republican Conference: 60%

• Assembly Republican Conference: 59%

Earning perfect scores of 100 in the Senate were Jose Peralta and Toby Ann Stavisky, and Nily Rozic in the Assembly. High scores of 92% in the Senate were earned by James Sanders, Jr., Tony Avella, and Leroy Comrie; and 85% by Michael Gianaris. In the Assembly 92% was earned by David I. Weprin, Andrew Hevesi, and Aravella Simotas; 90% was earned by Aridia Espinal; 85% was earned by Alicia Hyndman, and Brian Barnwell.

No low scores were earned by Queens senators; in the Assembly 54% was earned by Michele R. Titus and Jeffrion L. Aubry, 67% was earned by Ron Kim, and 69% was earned by Stacey Pheffer Amato, Edward C. Braunstein, Michael G. Den- Dekker, and Michael Miller.

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