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NYLCV lauds three Queens legislators

Stavisky, Peralta and Rozic get top environmental grades for ’18 session

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:30 am

State Sens. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D- Fresh Meadows) are the only members of the Queens delegation to Albany to receive perfect scores in the annual legislative report card issued by the New York League of Conservation Voters.

The NYLCV each year bases its scores on a given number of environmental bills.

The bills’ topics ranged from charging a fee for single-use plastic bags for groceries to the state’s transportation plan.

Grades were based on how members of the Assembly and Senate voted, and whether or not they sponsored any of the bills in question.

“We hope that our scorecard will be a valuable tool for voters who want to hold their legislators accountable, but of course we recognize that it cannot tell the full story of our most effective environmental champions,” League officials said in a statement within the 24-page document.

The full report card can be found online at nylcv.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-scorecard-Final.pdf.

Following Peralta and Stavisky in the Senate were Sens. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) at 92 percent. Sens. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) came in at 85 percent and 83 percent, respectively.

Comrie and Avella missed perfect scores by voting against the bag bill, while Sanders did not vote for a farmland preservation initiative.

Rozic, in a statement on her official website, took pride in securing a 100 percent score for the second straight year.

“From access to clean water to our mass transit and economy, we are all impacted by the quality of our environment,” she said. “I remain committed to introducing and supporting environmentally conscious legislation to build a more sustainable future.”

Peralta said he accepted the honor with pride in a statement from his office.

“In the era of climate change, we must ensure we do everything possible to protect our environment, not only for us but for future generations to come,” he said.

Stavisky said the NYLCV does important work in Albany.

“They highlight issues that are important, like our overreliance on fossil fuels,” she said in a phone interview. “That’s especially important today with the environment facing a hostile federal government.”

Coming in behind Rozic (D-Flushing) in the Assembly at 92 percent were members Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows). All three voted against the plastic bag bill.

Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) scored 90 percent, followed by Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) and Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) at 85 percent. Just behind them, at 83 percent, was Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica).

Assemblymembers Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) and Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) received 77 percent.

Coming in with a 69 percent rating were members Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach), Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Michael Den Dekker (D-East Elmhurst) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven).

Members Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) recorded marks of 67 and 62 percent, respectively.

Members Jeff Aubrey (D-Corona) and Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway) came in at 54 percent.

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