Sierra Club Endorsements

This is a reminder that the General Election is on Tuesday, November 3rd! The Sierra Club Long Island Group is proud to endorse many environmental leaders in this upcoming election.

The Sierra Club's grassroots volunteer activists considered candidates' records, reviewed responses to our questionnaire, and interviewed those willing to meet with us. Our list of those we have endorsed in Long Island races is below. If you'd like to get involved in one of the races in your area, reach out to the campaign today! Contacts for each campaign can be found here. 
 

          SIERRA CLUB LONG ISLAND CANDIDATES RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT

NASSAU COUNTY - U.S. Congress:

District 3                                  Tom Suozzi (D - INCUMBENT)
In Congress, Suozzi has supported numerous pro-environmental bills, including the Climate Action Now Act, which would prevent the President from using federal funds to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accords, and an extension of federal tax credits for renewable energy projects.  He has helped to increase federal funding for the protection of Long Island Sound and remediation of the environmental damage at the Grumman-Navy industrial site in Bethpage, which is threatening the water supply of many surrounding properties.  For 2019, he received a 97% rating on the League of Conservation Voters environmental scorecard and he has been endorsed for re-election by the LCV.       

 

     

District 4                                 Kathleen Rice (D - INCUMBENT)

Congressperson Rice has supported a number of pro-environmental bills, including legislation to protect public lands, mitigate the climate change impacts felt by local communities and restrict new oil and gas development projects.  She supports aggressive federal investment in green infrastructure projects and has fought to preserve funding for the EPA program that evaluates the health and environmental hazards of many chemicals.  For 2019, she received a 93% rating on the League of Conservation Voters environmental scorecard and she has been endorsed for re-election by the LCV.

State Senate:

District 6                                    Kevin Thomas (D - INCUMBENT) 

Thomas is an incumbent who won this Senate seat in 2018.  In this term, he has supported a number of environmental measures, including the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a ban on off-shore oil and gas drilling in New York, and restrictions on toxic chemicals in consumer products.  The toxic water plume spreading from the former Grumman - Navy plant in Bethpage is located within his district and he states that containing and cleaning up the plume and other steps to protect the drinking water in his district are his top environmental priorities.  He is committed to protecting Long Island from the effects of climate change, particularly the protection of coastal communities from rising sea levels and more frequent and violent storms.  He also supports major investments in green infrastructure, including electric vehicle charging, and mass transit and wants to encourage new development, including affordable housing, within existing built-up areas and along transit routes.  He has 2019 100% environmental scorecards from both the League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates.

 

District 7                                      Anna Kaplan (D - INCUMBENT) 

Kaplan was elected to the Senate in 2018.  During this term, she supported a number of important environmental initiatives, including the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a ban on single-use plastic bags, the $3 billion "Restore Mother Nature" bond act, a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracking, a prohibition on oil and gas drilling off New York's coast, and restrictions on toxic chemicals found in consumer products.  She has also supported environmental justice initiatives, including legislation to identify environmental impact zones and establish the right to clean air and water and a healthful environment in the State Constitution.  She has 2019 100% environmental scorecards from both the League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates.

 

District 8                                      John Brooks (D - INCUMBENT) 

Brooks has represented his Senate district since 2016.  During this term, his efforts have focused on protecting New York's water resources and mitigating the impacts of climate change.  He has supported initiatives to restrict toxic chemicals that find their way into our water supplies, contain and eliminate the Grumman Bethpage Plume that threatens Long Island's subsurface aquifer, and protect streams and other surface waterways from nitrogen and other forms of pollution.  With regard to climate change, he has supported the development of wind and solar power facilities on and adjacent to Long Island and increased purchasers of electric and hybrid vehicles for State agencies.   He has 2019 100% environmental scorecards from both the League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates.

 

District 9                                     Todd Kaminsky (D - INCUMBENT) 

Since being elected to the Senate in 2016, Kaminsky has been a powerful advocate for environmental protection and he currently chairs the Senate's Environmental Conservation Committee.  He was instrumental in the passage of the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and has supported legislation to ban oil and gas drilling and block construction of a liquified natural gas terminal off New York's coast.  He has also worked on initiatives to protect our water resources and reduce the amount of plastic and other solid waste in our environment.  He has 2019 100% environmental scorecards from both the League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates.

 

State Assembly:

District 13                                    Charles Lavine (D - INCUMBENT) 

Lavine was elected to the Assembly in 2004 and has worked throughout his tenure on environmental conservation and protection of Long Island's water resources.  In this term, he has supported a number of environmental bills, including the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a ban on off-shore oil and gas drilling in New York, restrictions on toxic chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane and PFAS, restrictions on toxic chemicals in children's toys, and an amendment to the State Constitution granting a right to clean water and air and a healthful environment.  For 2019, he has a 78% environmental scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters and a 100% scorecard from Environmental Advocates.

 

District 16                                       Gina Sillitti (D) 

Sillitti is running for an open Assembly seat.  She has held a number of positions in Nassau County government.  She states that her top environmental priorities are the protection of Long Island's drinking water aquifer and surface waters.  She is particularly passionate about restoring shellfish in the waters surrounding Long Island.  She supports an aggressive effort to address climate change, including major investments in renewable energy and the protection of Long Island's coastal communities from sea level rise and the increasing number and intensity of damaging storms.  She also supports investments to make Long Island's communities more walkable and bikeable.  She's been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, the NY State AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood.

 

District 21                                         Judy Griffin (D - INCUMBENT) 

Griffin is an incumbent who was elected to this Assembly seat in 2018.  In this term, she has supported a number of environmental initiatives, including the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a ban on off-shore oil and gas drilling in New York, and restrictions on toxic chemicals in consumer products.  She states that climate change, particularly the threats that the South Shore communities in her district are confronting from rising sea levels and more frequent and intense storms, is the most important environmental issue in her district.  She supports aggressive government efforts to address climate change, including major investments in renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure.  She also supports significant funding for open space preservation and restoration, for both recreational purposes and for the protection of coastal communities from storms and rising sea levels.  For 2019, she has an 89% environmental scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters and a 100% scorecard from Environmental Advocates.  She's been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood and a number of labor unions.

 

District 22                                        Michaelle Solages (D - INCUMBENT) 

Solages was elected to the Assembly in 2012.  During this term, she has supported a number of important environmental initiatives, including the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, restrictions on toxic chemicals found in consumer products, including 1,4-dioxane and PFAS, a ban on off-shore drilling in New York, and several measures to ensure environmental justice.  She states that she is a strong supporter of efforts to address climate change, including an aggressive renewable energy program and investments in mass transit.  She is also in favor of "smart growth" initiatives, including measures to steer new development to built-up areas that are served by mass transit and encourage building construction that is energy efficient and storm and flood resistant.  For 2019, she has an 89% environmental scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters and a 100% scorecard from Environmental Advocates.

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY:  U.S. Congress:

 

NY District 1                                       Nancy Goroff (D) 

Goroff is a long-time resident of Stony Brook and has been an instructor and administrator at Stony Brook Univ. for over 20 years, from which she's taken a leave to run for Congress.  Her most recent position was Chair of SBU's Chemistry Dept.  Her SBU lab has worked on technology to make solar energy more efficient and affordable and the development of improved batteries for renewable energy storage.  She's a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists' National Advisory Board and, in that capacity, has lobbied members of Congress for increased funding for renewable energy projects and clean vehicle technology.  She states that her top priority in Congress will be an ambitious agenda to make the US carbon neutral by 2035 through the aggressive deployment of renewable energy, clean vehicles and ultra energy-efficient buildings.  More broadly, she wants to serve as a leader in an effort to make Congressional actions more science and fact based.  She states that her other top environmental priority will be the protection of Long Island's surface waters and aquifers.  She will fight for increased federal funding for upgrades to septic systems and water treatment facilities and strict federal standards for contaminants such as 1,4 dioxane, PFOA and PFOS.

 

NY District 2                                      Jackie Gordon (D) 

Gordon resides in Copiague and has an impressive resume.  She had a long career in public education and served for a number of years on the Babylon Town Council, where one of her signature projects was extending sewer service into downtown Wyandanch for both environmental and economic development purposes.  She also served a long stint in the Army Reserve, where she reached the rank of Lt. Colonel and had active duty tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Gordon expresses support for key environmental goals, including environmental justice and aggressive action to address climate change.  She will work to bring renewable energy projects to Long Island, protect vulnerable coastal communities from the rising sea levels and more frequent and intense storms associated with climate change, and bring about a rapid transition to electric vehicles with the necessary EV infrastructure.  Gordon will also work to obtain additional federal funding to protect Long Island's surface waters and aquifers. 

 

State Senate

 

District  1                                           Laura Ahearn (D) 

Ahearn is running for an open Senate seat.  She is an attorney and a social worker and she founded and serves as Executive Director of the Crime Victims Center, which has a multi-million-dollar budget and a staff of 30 and has provided services to over 30,000 victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, gang violence, human trafficking, hate crimes and other violent crimes.  She states that the protection of Long Island's surface waters and drinking water are the most important environmental issues facing her district and she believes that significant resources should be committed to expanding sewer systems and replacing obsolete septic systems with advanced systems.  She also supports major investments in renewable energy, mass transit, electric vehicles and open space preservation.  She's been endorsed by Senator Chuck Schumer, the National Organization for Women, and a number of labor unions.

 

District  3                                         Monica Martinez (D - INCUMBENT) 

Martinez was elected to the Senate in 2018.  During her first term, she has given special attention to the protection of water resources in her district and throughout New York State, supporting bills to ban off-shore oil and gas drilling and high volume hydraulic fracking and restricting toxic chemicals in consumer products that find their way into our drinking water.  She secured funding for several projects that will protect water quality in her district, including $191.3 million in federal and state funding for the Forge River Watershed Project in Mastic and Shirley to address storm impacts and reduce nitrogen loading in the Forge River and Great South Bay, $29.6 million for the Patchogue River Watershed to address nitrogen and pathogen pollution and install new sewers, and $26.4 million for the expansion of the sewer system in Oakdale.  She has also supported a number of other important environmental initiatives, including bills to address climate change and reduce solid waste.   She has 2019 100% environmental scorecards from both the League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates.

 

District  5                                          James Gaughran (D - INCUMBENT) 

Since his election in 2018, Gaughran has rapidly become a leading Senate voice on environmental issues. During this term, he authored a bill, signed by the Governor, that extends the statute of limitations applicable to suits by water authorities to hold polluters accountable for contaminating drinking water.  He supported the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a ban on off-shore drilling in New York, vehicle congestion pricing in Manhattan, and restrictions on 1,4-dioxane and PFAS.  He is also pursuing legislation that would authorize a public takeover of the New York American Water company after years of community complaints about this privately owned water supplier's rates and service.  He has 2019 100% environmental scorecards from both the League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates.

 

State Assembly

 

District  1                                            Fred Thiele (D - INCUMBENT) 

Thiele has served in the Assembly since 1992 and has established a strong environmental record.  During this term, he worked to strengthen the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund, which is financed by a real estate transfer tax and used for open space, farmland and historic preservation and recreation projects.  He has worked to protect Long Island's surface and ground waters by expanding State jurisdiction over freshwater streams and wetlands, allowing the sale of only low-nitrogen fertilizer in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and regulating a number of toxic chemicals that threaten our water resources.  He has also been a strong supporter of renewable energy, including off-shore wind and solar power, and expanding public transit, including Long Island Railroad service, on eastern Long Island.  He has 2019 100% environmental scorecards from both the League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates.

 

District  2                                             Laura Jens-Smith (D) 

Jens-Smith is running for an open Assembly seat in Suffolk County.  She is a former health care professional, previously served as President of the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education and, between 2017 and 2019, served as the Riverhead Town Supervisor.  She states that her top environmental priorities are protecting the drinking water supply and surface waters within her district and preserving and protecting farmland and other open space resources in her district.  She supports major efforts to replace obsolete septic and cesspool systems with advanced systems, reduce toxic chemicals that threaten water resources in consumer products and clean up toxic industrial sites such as the Grumman - Navy facility in Bethpage.   She also supports a major government effort to combat the effects of climate change, including investments in renewable energy and mass transit, encouraging the use of electric vehicles and steering new development to built-up areas that are served by mass transit.  She stated that, as Riverhead Town Supervisor, she oversaw an energy audit that significantly reduced the Town's carbon footprint and was involved in the approval of several large solar power installations.  She's been endorsed by the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York State Nurses Assn.

 

District  4                                             Steve Englebright (D - INCUMBENT) 

Since being elected to this seat in 1992, Englebright has been a forceful advocate on environmental issues and he currently serves as Chair of the Assembly's Committee on Environmental Conservation.  In this term, he sponsored the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and has supported a ban on off-shore oil and gas drilling in New York, restrictions on the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane, protection of menhaden, an important species in New York's marine food chain, restrictions on toxic chemicals in children's toys, and an amendment to the State Constitution granting a right to clean water, clean air and a healthful environment.  For 2019, he has a 94% environmental scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters and a 100% scorecard from Environmental Advocates. 

 

District  10                                             Steve Stern (D - INCUMBENT) 

Stern was elected to the Assembly in 2018.  In this term, he has supported a number of important environmental measures, including the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a ban on off-shore oil and gas drilling in New York, Manhattan vehicle congestion pricing, the "Restore Mother Nature" bond act, a ban on the toxic chemical PFAS in food packaging, strengthening New York's law on illegal dumping, and protection of the drinking water found in New York schools.   For 2019, he has an 89% environmental scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters and a 100% scorecard from Environmental Advocates.  

 

District  11                                              Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D - INCUMBENT) 

Jean-Pierre was elected to the Assembly in 2014.  In this term, she has supported many significant environmental initiatives, including the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, restrictions on the carcinogens 1,4-dioxane and PFAS, a State constitutional amendment establishing a right to clean water and air and a healthful environment, a ban on off-shore oil and gas drilling in New York, restrictions on toxic chemicals in children's toys, and bills to ensure environmental justice.  For 2019, she has a 78% environmental scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters and a 100% scorecard from Environmental Advocates.     

 

District  12                                               Michael Marcantonio (D) 

Marcantonio is running for an open Assembly seat.  He is an attorney who has been involved in litigation against LIPA's effort to significantly reduce the amount of property taxes that it pays on its Northport power plant, which he believes is unjustified and would result in a drastically increased tax burden on homeowners.  He strongly supports major investments in renewable energy on Long Island, including off-shore wind turbines, solar power arrays and energy storage in order to address climate change and make Long Island a center of the nation's emerging green economy.  In order to reduce Long Island's carbon footprint, he supports major investments in mass transit, including electrification of additional segments of the Long Island Railroad.  He also supports a significant expansion of Suffolk County's sewer system in order to reduce the nitrogen pollution produced by obsolete cesspools and septic systems.  He's been endorsed by the NY State AFL-CIO, New York State United Teachers and Planned Parenthood.

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