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Capital Region state legislators get mixed grades from environmental group

Environmental grades for the Capital Region's state legislators varied from top of the class to failing, in a report card released today by EPL/Environmental Advocates.

Assembly members Phil Steck, D-Colonie, and John McDonald, D-Cohoes, and state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, had the best local scores, which was an encouraging to EPL/Environmental Advocates Exeutive Director. “It is a good sign that four legislators from the Capital Region, all of whom are relatively new to service in state government, voted with an unwavering commitment to New York’s environment at every turn," he said in a statement.

The local Republican state legislators did not fair as well, with all of them receiving failing grades.

A full breakdown of grades for all the state legislators is available below.

Grades are based on how legislators voted on key issues identified by EPL/Environmental Advocates.

According to the release, Assembly members James Tedisco, R-Glenville, Dan Stec, D-Queensbury, and Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, were both faulted for voting against a bill the environmental groups said would ban the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products. They also noted that Jordan and Stec voted against legislation to expand solar energy development and green jobs in New York.

State Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, and Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, both received failing grades and were faulted by the environmental groups for voting for legislation they said could weaken a polluter’s liability in the event of a toxic spill.

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Environmental Scorecard 2013

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