NYLCV’s Latest Endorsements

NYLCV is the only NY environmental group that endorses and scores candidates

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2021

Contact: Katy Zielinski | press@nylcv.org | 212.361-6350; ext. 400


NYLCV is the only NY environmental group that endorses and scores candidates

New York, NY – The New York League of Conservation Voters Gives Green has announced its latest round of endorsements in the 2021 general election cycle, endorsing 12 candidates for local elections across New York. This year, 270 candidates sought NYLCV’s endorsement, a record number. NYLCV Gives Green is endorsing in 100 races across the state, the most ever for municipal elections in the organization’s history.

“With climate change at our doorstep, we must prioritize environmental policy at every level of government to protect our communities from extreme weather, provide clean air and water, and create green jobs across New York. NYLCV saw a record number of candidates seeking an endorsement this year, a clear indicator that our local leaders are prioritizing tackling the climate crisis and environmental protection. We are confident that these endorsed candidates will be strong advocates in our climate fight at the local level. We urge voters to support them in the upcoming general election,” said Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Every election year, NYLCV develops candidate questionnaires based on the League’s regional policy priorities. The NYLCV Board voted to make the endorsement on the recommendations of NYLCV Chapters across the State, which makes decisions based on interviews with the candidates and questionnaire responses.

The full list of endorsed candidates can be found below.

Albany County

Kelly Mateja, Town Supervisor, Colonie

Peter Barber, Town Supervisor, Guilderland

Rensselaer County

Richard Mooney, Mayor, Rensselaer

Saratoga County

Phil Barrett, Town Supervisor, Clifton Park

Schenectady County

Jamie Lynn Puccioni, Town Supervisor, Niskayuna

Westchester County

Erika Pierce, County Legislature, 2

Catherine Borgia, County Legislature, 9

Ellen Calves, Town Supervisor, Bedford*

Don Scott, Town Supervisor, Bedford*

Richard Becker, Town Supervisor, Cortlandt

Frank Gordon, Mayor/Supervisor, Harrison

Tony Goncalves, Town Supervisor, Lewisboro

*Joint endorsement

For a complete list of all NYLCV endorsed candidates for the 2021 General Election, click here.

The New York League of Conservation Voters is the only non-partisan, statewide environmental organization in New York that takes a pragmatic approach to fight for clean water, healthy air, renewable energy, and open space. For more information, visit www.nylcv.org.


09.27.21 // AUTHOR: Katy Zielinski //