Senator Consistently Amongst Lowest Scores of All Colleagues
Hudson Valley – EPL/Environmental Advocates recently released the 2016 Environmental Scorecard, which tracks the environmental voting records of all 213 state legislators. Data shows that Senator Bill Larkin (R-New Windsor) has earned another failing score with 57 points, making this the 8th year the Hudson Valley legislator has failed the Scorecard. Since 2009, Senator Larkin has averaged an abysmal 45 points.
Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of EPL/Environmental Advocates said, “Unfortunately, 2016 is not an outlier, Senator Larkin’s voting record is not only out of touch with the communities he represents, but unreasonable given the growing environmental and public health challenges his constituents face. In a chamber where the Dean Skelos playbook of placing industry before people remains alive and well, Senator Larkin’s record is extreme. Compared to his 63 colleagues, he is consistently amongst the worst performers when it comes to protecting our environment.”
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.
He 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.”
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 originally supported by Senator Larkin which was meant to help clean the air in communities like Newburgh by reducing air pollution and particulate matter which causes ailments such as lung and heart disease, 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.