NYLCV Endorses Pro-Environment NYC Candidates in General Election

NYLCV Gives Green
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For Immediate Release: August 4, 2021
Shachar Sharon, ssharon@nylcv.org

NYLCV Endorses Adams, Lander, and City Council Candidates

New York, N.Y. – The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) announced its endorsements for New York City, Long Island, and Westchester candidates for the 2021 General Election. The group endorsed 50 candidates with outstanding environmental records for county and municipal positions, including Eric Adams for Mayor and Brad Lander for Comptroller.

Every election year, NYLCV develops candidate questionnaires based on their policy priorities, including cleaning up the transportation sector, improving greenspaces, reducing waste, increasing resiliency, and building a clean energy future. (Click to read the New York City policy agenda.) The regional chapters recommend endorsement decisions based on interviews with the candidates and questionnaire responses. In the case of incumbents or candidates who previously served in the New York City Council, the board also considers the candidates’ scores on the NYLCV City Council Environmental Scorecard, which grades legislators based on votes and co-sponsorships of key environmental legislation. 

Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “If there is anything this summer has taught us, it is that New York has a lot of work to do to prepare for climate change. We need candidates that support policies to reduce transportation pollution – the leading contributor to climate change – including more electric vehicles as well as bike and bus lanes. Our greenspaces also need support because throughout the pandemic our parks have improved our public health while serving as one of our most vital environmental assets. These candidates have demonstrated that they will prioritize these policies and keep New York climate-ready.”

Tighe continued, “Eric Adams has been one of NYLCV’s longtime partners in the fight against climate change.  He supports our work to clean up New York City’s school and transit buses while demanding that our transition to electric buses prioritizes communities that bear a disproportionate burden of transportation pollution. As Brooklyn Borough President, he has invested in our greenspaces, expanded access to renewable energy, supported green job training for youth, and worked to make the borough more resilient. We know that he will continue to make these priorities while Mayor and we urge voters to elect him this fall.”

The list of endorsed candidates in NYC can be found below:

  • Eric Adams for NYC Mayor
  • Brad Lander for NYC Comptroller
  • Mark Murphy for Staten Island Borough President
  • Oswald Feliz for City Council District 15
  • Tony Avella for City Council District 19
  • Linda Lee for City Council District 23
  • Shahana Hanif for City Council District 39
  • Rita Joseph for City Council District 40
  • Mercedes Narcisse for City Council District 46
  • ​​Kamillah Hanks for City Council District 49

A list of all today’s endorsements, along with candidates that were previously endorsed, can be found 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.