- DISTRICT: 53
- REGION: Central New York
- GOVERNMENT BODY: New York State Senate
- YEAR: 2018
- CONTACT: Campaign Website
Rachel May, seeking election to the State Senate in District 53, has an extensive history of environmental advocacy making her a key candidate to further New York’s environmental agenda. May’s background includes being the Coordinator of Sustainability Education at Syracuse University, where she helped students successfully advocated for divestment of SU funds to fossil fuel companies and implemented a climate action plan for the University, as well as designed workshops and classes for students to further their knowledge on sustainability topics. She worked on the Board of Zoning Appeals and on the Board of Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) where she worked on the recycling committee, advocating for a food compost facility as well as improved recycling and recycling education in the county. She also has experience working with local schools and teachers to inform them about the importance of the community’s ecology so they can pass this information on to their students.
May has made combating climate change and protecting the environment a key part of her platform. She supports reducing emissions in the transportation sector and decreasing plastic waste. She has experience as a chair of the greenhouse gas ad hoc committee of OCRRA and has a high level of commitment to making infrastructure cleaner and more efficient which will, in turn, result in better air quality and public health throughout the state.
If elected, May would use her community-organizing and education experience as a powerful voice to work towards sustainable development across the state on a myriad of crucial environmental issues from ensuring adequate funding for the environment to promoting food quality and access and limiting food waste.