Health Chair Failed Scorecard 6 Out of Last 8 Years; Earns Just 65 Points in 2016
Long Island – EPL/Environmental Advocates recently released the 2016 Environmental Scorecard, the only document which tracks the environmental voting records of all 213 state legislators. Records show that despite enormous climate and environmental challenges facing Long Island and the communities he represents, Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) earned just 65 points, in keeping with his consistently poor record on environmental and public health issues. The Senator has failed the Scorecard 5 out of the last 8 years, with an average score of just 52 points.
Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of EPL/Environmental Advocates said, “Senator Hannon’s consistently poor record is alarming not only because it is at odds with the needs of the people he represents, but because as Chair of the Senate Health Committee, he fails to recognize the connection between our environment and public health. Year after year advocates reach out to Senator Hannon to seek his support for common-sense legislation that he and his committee should support. Unfortunately, his voting record demonstrates that the Dean Skelos playbook of putting industry before people remains alive and well in the New York State Senate.”
The Senator’s record includes supporting bad legislation opposed by senators from both sides of the aisle that would strip local governments statewide of their right to reduce costly plastic bag waste, as well as efforts to stall the development of clean, renewable energy, and climate action in New York State.
Additionally, Senator Hannon also failed to support two pieces of common-sense legislation sponsored by a bipartisan majority of his colleagues to 1) create a blueprint to make New York State a true climate action leader and 2) close a loophole within state regulations that allows for gas and oil waste (including fracking waste) to avoid be considered “hazardous.”
And while it wasn’t a part of this year’s Scorecard, the Senator also continued to support delaying implementation of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2006 (DERA), a now ten-year-old law meant to help clean the air in communities like Hempstead by reducing air pollution and particulate matter which causes lung cancer, premature deaths, and can trigger asthma attacks.
The Environmental Scorecard is a public education guide designed to help voters break through the noise and learn how their state legislators voted on issues concerning their environment and health; it has been produced and distributed statewide for more than 45 years. For the complete Scorecard visit http://www.eplscorecard.org.