Former Oil Slick Awardee Endangered Hoosick Falls Legislation
Albany – 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 Senator Kathy Marchione (R-Halfmoon) – a 2014 recipient of the dubious Oil Slick Award for her efforts to roll back clean water and other regulatory protections – has failed the Scorecard for the fourth year in a row, having earned 57 points this year.
Since taking office, Senator Marchione has earned an average of just 50 out of 100 points.
Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of EPL/Environmental Advocates said, “Few senators have failed the environment every year since taking office; it’s a distinction Senator Marchione should not be proud of. Her actions and record in the Senate are troubling, particularly in light of the ongoing crisis in Hoosick Falls, given her prior efforts to roll back hard-fought public health protections. In addition to several poor votes in 2016, Senator Marchione also endangered her own Superfund legislation and were it not for the incredible grassroots advocacy of Hoosick Falls residents, would have yet again prioritized industry profit over people.”
With Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes), Senator Marchione introduced legislation to help residents of Hoosick Falls and other areas designated as a Superfund, to hold industry liable for medical costs which stem from their pollution. However, in the waning days of the 2016 Legislative Session, it came to light that Senator Marchione had secretly amended legislation already passed by the Assembly, essentially dooming its chances at becoming law. An outpouring of advocacy by residents caused the Senator to reverse course and ensure unanimous Senate passage of the original bill which has since become law.
Senator Marchione also failed to support common-sense legislation to:
- end our reliance on fossil fuels and make New York a true climate action leader; and
- close a loophole within state regulations that allow for oil and gas waste (including fracking waste) to avoid being considered “hazardous.”
The Senator has since announced her political support for Donald Trump, who has called climate change a “Chinese hoax”, advocated the large-scale roll back of regulatory protections, and called for the abolishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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.