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NYLCV Endorses Two East End Environmental Champions

A statewide environmental group has endorsed Sen. Kenneth LaValle and Assembly Member Fred Thiele for re-election.

WATER MILL — The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Sen. Kenneth LaValle in Senate District 1 and Assembly Member Fred Thiele in Assembly District 1.

“The efforts of Senator LaValle and Assembly Member Thiele to protect our environment have benefited their districts, Long Island and all of New York State,” said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn. “Their legislative track records demonstrate their commitment to advancing smart policies affecting our air, land, water and energy future. We are proud to support both of them and we look forward to even more positive environmental strides in the Senate and Assembly if they are re-elected.”

The state Legislature approved three important environmental initiatives this year that would not have passed without the strong support of Sen. LaValle and Assembly Member Thiele.

  • Sen. LaValle and Assembly Member Thiele both co-sponsored the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which increases public awareness of sewage discharge pollution in local waterways. By being notified of such discharges, citizens can make informed decisions about their recreational activities.
  • Sen. LaValle and Assembly Member Thiele both authored legislation providing property tax exemptions for green buildings in an effort to promote energy-efficiency improvements to existing properties as well as to encourage new green construction.
  • Sen. LaValle and Assembly Member Thiele both sponsored legislation regarding Watershed Protection Improvement Districts. The new law permits all town boards to create or extend watershed protection improvement districts, which help communities reduce sewage pollution, protect their drinking water and safeguard the quality of local waterways.

In addition to this year’s environmental victories, the two legislators have a long history of leadership in this policy arena. Sen. LaValle was the chief architect of the landmark Pine Barrens Preservation Act, which protects critical drinking water resources and an irreplaceable wildlife habitat. Among a wide range of other environmental accomplishments, Assembly Member Thiele drafted and sponsored the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Act, which allows East End towns to raise funds to protect this critical estuary.

In response to the endorsement, Sen. Kenneth LaValle said: “It is an honor to receive the support of the NYLCV. I fully intend to build upon my environmental record in the coming years and continue my role as an environmental steward.”

Assembly Member Fred Thiele said: “I am honored to receive the support of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Throughout my political career, I have remained deeply committed to protecting the environmental health and integrity of the East End. As a member of the New York State Assembly, I look forward to the opportunity to work with the NYLCV in coming years to help further protect New York's environment and help grow the demand for green, clean-energy jobs.”

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East End Farmer September 19, 2012 at 01:39 PM
LaValle's in lock step with Romney. It's time for change in Albany. Time for LaValle to retire and take is outdated views with him.
knowitall September 21, 2012 at 02:44 AM
NY would be nuts to return control of the Senate to the Democrats. What short memories. MTA Payroll tax -- dems did it Budget Deficit -- dems did it Less $ for LI Schools -- dems did it License plate fiasco and increased DMV fees -- dems did it not to mention the corruption-- Huntley just arrested, Krueger in jail, Espada convicted and going to jail. Oh and frankly, when the dems were in control they could not get the votes to pass gay marriage, even though they were the majority party, Who really got gay marriage passed -- yeah the republican majority, Allowed it to come to the floor for a full vote, knowing it would pass. So, lets be real people. The Democrats in State Government are do nothing, city centric, screw the suburbs. You go ahead and vote D ... then don't come crying when funding gets cut, LI projects go wanting. No thanks.
knowitall September 21, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Oh yeah, and its kind of obvious you're all Bridget's friends. But keep up the charade.
knowitall September 21, 2012 at 02:48 AM
About when the Dems were in control: The Democratic conference was still dominated by liberal and minority members, but they had taken control of the chamber by winning in longtime GOP strongholds on the suburbs of Long Island and even in rural hamlets in the North County and western New York. On the first day they were in the majority, in a closed-door meeting, Brian Foley, a freshman lawmaker from Long Island in a seat long held by the GOP, told his new colleagues that he was thrilled to be a part of the team, and was looking forward to doing something about skyrocketing property taxes. He was told he was in the wrong room. The Democrats are not the party that cares about property taxes. If you pay property taxes, you are rich, his new colleagues told him, according to people who witnessed the exchange. We are the party of renters. Mr. Foley said no more. And so it went for the newly elected Senate majority. They instituted an MTA payroll tax and a millionaire’s tax, both of which angered suburban swing voters. Instead of lavishing resources on the upstate counties their newly elected lawmakers represented, they devoted attention to their base in the city.
susan September 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
nice ranting knownothing. that does not change the fact that la valle voted AGAINST marriage equality. he will not get my vote.

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