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Republican state lawmakers score low in environmental rankings

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Republican state legislators aren't making the grade, according to a report card released today by the state's EPL/Environmental Advocates.

As part of its 2012 Voter's Guide, the environmental group gave poor marks to local Republicans and good grades to local Democrats. At the very bottom in the local state Assembly members was Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, with a 34.

Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, and Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, were at the bottom of the Capital Region's state Senate delegation with a tied score of 26.

The greenest legislators of the Capital Region were Assembly members Bob Reilly, D-Colonie, and John McEneny, D-Albany. They tied with a score of 91.

“The Capital District has a lot of seniority and power, but not nearly enough leadership when it comes to protecting our environment. Sadly, those who have been stalwart champions of the environment are retiring from office,” said EPL/Environmental Advocates Executive Director Rob Moore in a news release.

Overall, Moore noted that scores dropped across the aisle compared to recent years. He faulted both chambers for failing to act a variety of environmental health bills and for passing legislation that will hurt the environment.

"While the Assembly failed to act on the Governor’s solar energy bill, which was not introduced until the end of session, their legislative agenda did recognize that environmental protections and economic development are not mutually exclusive," Moore said. "Sadly, others members of the legislature not only voted against our environment, but sought to dismantle prior conservation victories.”

Grades for legislators are based on earning points for supporting bills that help the environement, with extra weight given to priority bills, and for opposing bills that hurt the environement.

Assemblyman George Amedore, got a 37. Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, got a 40. Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, got a 48. Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, got an 88. Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, got a 31.

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