Freshman Lawmaker Earns Amongst Lowest Score in Senate
Hudson Valley – 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 freshman Senator George Amedore (R-Kingston) has failed for the second year in a row by once again earning one of the lowest scores of all 63 senators statewide with just 57 points.
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, 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 being considered “hazardous.”
Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of EPL/Environmental Advocates said, “It is unfortunate that the Dean Skelos playbook remains alive and well in the New York State Senate. As we see on the federal level, there is a rise in anti-environment and anti-science sentiments with the candidacy of Donald Trump. New Yorkers need elected officials who reject that ideology and put people before industry. Senator Amedore’s failing score is out of touch with his district, and it is the second year he has scored amongst the worst of all of his colleagues.”
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/.