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Queens makes the grade with NYLCV

Nine legislators get perfect 2019 scores

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am

Five Queens lawmakers in the New York State Assembly and four members of the Senate have received perfect scores in the annual state legislator scorecard issued by the New York League of Conservation Voters.

The scores were tabulated based on an individual representative’s support for or sponsorship or co-sponsorship of 16 bills that were considered of major importance to the NYLCV.

Perfect scores in the Senate went to Sens. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and John Liu (D-Bayside).

Perfect scores in the Assembly went to members Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica), Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing), Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria).

“I’m privileged to announce that in my first year as President, the State Legislature had the best session for the environment in living memory, including two bold nation-leading policies on climate and transportation,” NYLCV President Julie Tighe said in her forward to the 11-page report.

Tighe said those were the Climate Change Leadership and Protection Act, which requires the state to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040, and carbon neutrality by 2050 with an 85 percent reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions, the most ambitious piece of climate legislation in the country; and the passage of a congestion pricing law for Manhattan’s central business district.

The law will impose an as-yet unspecified toll on vehicles entering Midtown or Downtown Manhattan, which Tighe said will reduce the number of vehicles on the road and raise needed revenue for mass transit.

Other bills taken into consideration included measures to allow municipalities to legalize electric bikes and scooters, and funding initiatives for clean water and renewable energy projects.

The scorecard is broken down by legislative house, region of the state and county.

The entire scorecard can be found and downloaded online at nylcv.org/news/nylcv-releases-2019-state-environmental-scorecard/.

Rounding out the ratings for the Queens delegations, Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-East Elmhurst) scored a rating of 94 percent while Sens. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) came in at 89 percent.

Scores for the rest of the Queens delegation to the Assembly included Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth), Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) with 94 percent; and Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens), Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) and David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) at 89 percent.

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) stood alone at 85 percent, while members Catalina Cruz (D-Corona) and Michael Den Dekker (D-East Elmhurst) registered 83 percent. Assembymen Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona) and Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) came in at 78 percent.

Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach was rated at 72 percent and Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway) got 54 percent.

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