Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy of the 109th District has been a vigorous environmental champion as exemplified through her founding of the NYS Environmental Legislators Caucus and membership on the Committee on Environmental Conservation, the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Development, and the Subcommittee on Oversight of DEC as chair.
One of the 13 members of the State Assembly to receive a perfect score on NYLCV’s 2017 Environmental Scorecard, Fahy has demonstrated her support for critical environmental issues such as lowering the definition of elevated blood lead levels (A6906) and ensuring Suffolk County’s farmland is protected (A7703A).
In a major victory for clean energy, Fahy sponsored A1773 which requires stricter air quality and water regulations for crude oil rail and barge transporters. The bill also mandates that the transporters be insured and held financially responsible. The Assemblywomen was also able to foster sustainable development by sponsoring legislation that gives tax exemptions to approved landowners in the Town of Bethlehem if they agree to conserve open space for at least 15 years.
Fahy has continued to establish herself as an environmental champion by successfully increasing CDTA services by securing an increase of more than $100 million in Upstate Transit capital funding over four years in 2016. Moreover, she directed a $1.25 million capital grant to the Guilderland McKownville neighborhood to deal with the systemic flooding that has been an urgent matter for years.
If re-elected, we know that Fahy will continue to make the environment one of her top priorities.