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City Council Goes Green, Big Time

Queens local lawmakers earn high marks on environment.

According to the New York League of Conservation Voters, most of Queens’ City Council members have done very well by the environment.

Every year, the NYLCV releases a list of important environmentally conscious legislation and how each council member voted.

This year, according to NYLCV President Marcia Byrstyn, the council has outdone itself.

“The current City Council is one of the most, if not the most, pro-environment Councils that has ever served New York,” said Bystryn. “Our Environmental Scorecard reflects the strong environmental leanings of individual Council members, but just as importantly, the willingness of this body to work closely with the executive branch of city government on critical sustainability issues that will benefit the lives of New Yorkers for years to come.”

Locally, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, D-Forest Hills, scored a 100 percent on her ranking, joining Council members Mark Weprin, Peter Vallone, Eric Ulrich, James Gennaro and Elizabeth Crowley as Queens members scoring the highest possible on the evaluations.

Council member Dan Halloran, R-Bayside, was no slouch, getting a 91, with points deducted for missing a vote on solar energy.

Manhattan scored the highest as a borough, with an average of 95 for its council members, with Queens trailing at a 93.

Curious how the rest of the council scored? Check out the evaluation here.

Jenny April 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
this is encouraging.
nyscof April 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Now if only this NYC council would pass the City Council Member Vallone's legislation to stop adding unnecessary lead, arsenic and mercury-tainted fluoride chemicals into the water. Hydrofluosilicic acid is collected from phosphate fertilizer manufacturers smokestacks, trucked as hazardous waste and injected, unpurified, into NYC's public water supplies. This satisfies the politics of organized dentistry, which prefers to treat the water of low-income folks rather than their teeth, but wastes millions of dollars, annually and endangers the health of many New Yorkers.

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