The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), an organization aimed at making environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, announced on Tuesday that it has endorsed incumbent Republican New York State Senator Ken LaValle and incumbent Independence Party New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. for re-election this November.
“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 League noted that the state legislature has approved three important environmental initiatives this year that would not have passed, said Bystryn, without the support of LaValle and Thiele.
LaValle and 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 recreational activities, noted the league in a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon.
La Valle and Thiele also authored legislation providing for 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. The men also sponsored legislation regarding watershed protection improvement districts, a new law that permits town boards to create or extend watershed protection improvement districts, which help communities reduce sewage pollution, protect drinking water and safeguard the quality of local waterways.
The league added that LaValle was also the chief architect of the landmark Pine Barrons Preservation Act, which protects critical drinking water resources as well as an irreplaceable wildlife habitat. Thiele, among other environmental initiatives drafted and sponsored the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Act, which allows East End towns to raise funds to protect this estuary.
“It is an honor to receive the support of the NYLCV,” said LaValle. “I fully intend to build upon my environmental record in the coming years and continue my role as an environmental steward.”
“I am honored to receive the support of the New York League of Conservation Voters,” said Thiele. “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.”