NYLCVEF Holds CD-17 Virtual Environmental Candidate Forum

New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

(212) 361-6350, Ext. 206 

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2020

Contact: Shachar Sharon, ssharon@nylcv.org

NYLCVEF Holds CD-17 Virtual Environmental Candidate Forum

Westchester/Rockland, N.Y. – Voters in Rockland and parts of Westchester yesterday had the opportunity to ask candidates for Congressional District 17 where they stand on the environment. The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) hosted a virtual Environmental Candidate Forum via Zoom moderated by Politico NY’s Danielle Muoio. Participating candidates included David Buchwald, David Carlucci, Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, Alison Fine, Evelyn Farkas, Mondaire Jones, Catherine Parker, and Adam Schleifer.

The candidates answered questions including how Congress can support the Land & Water Conservation Fund, what the federal government can do to invest in renewable energy, and how the recovery from COVID can include more sustainable policies.

New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund President Julie Tighe said, “Westchester and Rockland Counties face environmental issues on a daily basis, from unreliable public transit, to aging infrastructure, to access to renewable energy and clean transportation, to protecting water quality. Luckily, this district has been well-served with longtime Congressmember Nita Lowey, who fought for important federal investments in environmental protection. We held this forum to ensure the environment is top of mind for candidates and voters. We thank all of tonight’s attendees for sending a message that New Yorkers care about having a healthy environment, a livable climate for future generations, and are paying attention during this election. We also thank all of the candidates, partners, and our moderator for their participation.”

Congressmembers have a big impact on the environment in New York. They can secure funding for public lands, fight against the Trump Administration’s regulatory rollbacks, mitigate clean water infrastructure, and enact standards on environmental toxins like lead and PFOA/PFOS. 

Event partners included: Scenic Hudson, Croton 100, Climate Reality Project, and Riverkeeper. Video of the forum is available here.

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund educates, engages, and empowers New Yorkers to be effective environmental advocates. NYLCVEF’s programs foster open, nonpartisan discussion on environmental policy issues and encourage New Yorkers to get involved in the environmental decision-making process at the local, state, and federal levels. Visit www.nylcvef.org for more information.