Thank you to everyone who took part in the election! One of the most important ways to protect the environment is to elect leaders who will prioritize climate action.
We’d like to update you on this week’s primary election results. We’re excited to share that our endorsed candidate for Albany Mayor, Kathy Sheehan, and East Hampton Supervisor, Peter Van Scoyoc, won their primaries!
Over the past eight years, Sheehan has been committed to a pro-environment agenda. Under her administration, Albany upheld its climate commitments. Her administration expanded bike paths and green spaces, secured state funding for the Albany Waterfront Connector, improved Hudson River water quality through the Beaver Creek Clean River Project, and created walkable neighborhoods in Downtown Albany and Clinton Square.
In the past four years, Van Scoyoc has shown commitment to expanding renewable energy, including supporting the construction of the first large-scale offshore wind farm in New York, the South Fork Wind Farm. Under his leadership, East Hampson installed solar panels on municipal buildings and decreased municipal operations energy demands, and supports community choice aggregation. Van Scoyoc helped improve water quality by establishing a water supply district in Wainscott. He also helped prevent the overdevelopment of East Hampton’s sole source aquifer, natural shorelines, woodlands, and wetlands.
We congratulate them on this primary victory and look forward to helping their re-election in November and continuing to work together on these issues.
Some results in New York City are still pending.
This was the City’s first ranked-choice voting election and many races up and down the ballot are still too close to call. The NYC Board of Elections will start counting absentee ballots, then ranked ballots, in the coming days and weeks. Winners may not be declared for several weeks in some cases.
We are closely monitoring the 60 races in which we endorsed pro-environment candidates. In the meantime, you can see results as they are posted by the Board of Elections. We will keep everyone updated as counts are finalized.