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PRESS RELEASE: Monday, September 24, 2012
GALEF EARNS ENDORSEMENTS FROM TWO ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS: NEW YORK LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS AND SIERRA CLUB
Today at a press conference at the Peekskill Riverfront Green representatives of the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) and the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group announced their endorsement of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef for her re-election to the New York State Assembly – 95th District. Their endorsements were made after reviewing her record on significant environmental issues, legislation, and votes in the Assembly.
“I care so deeply about preserving and protecting our land, our air, and our water. Whenever I deal with legislation in Albany, I always consider the impact on these key natural resources,” stated Galef. “Having the endorsement and support of these two highly respected environmental organizations is an honor. It is important to my campaign because the issues they advance are significant to the voters of the Hudson Valley.”
“We have had a great two years in getting environmental legislation signed into law that protects residents, our waters, and promotes alternative energy sources,” commented Galef.
Significant new laws include:
. Increasing public notice of sewage discharges through The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act
. Empowering the NY Power Authority to produce a report detailing best practices with regard to energy cost savings for schools
. Allowing municipalities to provide a real property tax exemption for improvements to real property that meet LEED certification standards for green buildings
. Acting to limit the spread of invasive species by allowing the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Agriculture and Markets to regulate the sale, purchase, possession, introduction, importation, and transport and penalize those not in compliance
The 2012-13 state budget included $134 million in maintenance of the Environmental Protection Fund (EFP) and $89 million to rehabilitate the state parks. Pending before the Governor is a legislation that passed both houses to provide over $50 million from the Bottle Deposits Law in unclaimed funds to EFP.
Attending the press conference were representatives from NYLCV and the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group as well as other residents involved in environmental issues.
“With Washington tied up in partisan bickering, it is more important than ever to have environmental leaders in office at the state level,” said Nanette Bourne, chair of NYLCV’s Westchester Chapter. “Sandy Galef has been a longtime champion for New York’s natural resources, and we are proud to endorse her for Assembly once again.”
“Assembly Woman Sandy Galef has produced an outstanding environmental record while serving as representative for her district. She received a rating of 105 % from the Environmental Advocates. This is the highest possible rating,” said Ed Berry of the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group. “In addition she was instrumental in the passage of the Water Resources Protection Act which established a permitting system for large water withdrawals. These are just a few of the accomplishments that moved the Lower Hudson Sierra Club to endorse her.”
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