Sierra Club Endorsements
This is a reminder that the General Election is on Tuesday, November 5th! 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
Suffolk County Legislature
District 1 Albert Krupski (D - INCUMBENT)
Krupski sponsored legislation that led to the preservation of 200 acres of prime agricultural lands, preservation of over 26 acres in the Hammushuck wetland system as well as 20.5 acres of open space in Mattituck. Active in discussions regarding the feasibility of food composting on a broad scale. Active in development of the recently released Sub Watersheds Wastewater Plan which establishes priorities for the installation of ”Innovative & Alternative On Site Wastewater Treatment Systems.”
District 2 Bridget Fleming (D - INCUMBENT)
Fleming is a member of the Environment, Planning and Agriculture Committee, Vice Chair of the Health Committee, member of the working group that authored the first revisions of the Sanitary Code to authorize the county to oversee advanced on site waste water treatment. Spearheaded the creation of the Public Transportation working group and secured funding for equipment for the Arthropod-borne disease lab. Re-establish the Tick Advisory Committee.
District 4 Tom Muratore (R - INCUMBENT)
Cosponsored the Styrofoam and plastic straw ban. Supports the expansion of electric vehicles. Supports securing sewer funding for Farmingville and Holbrook. Has served on the Suffolk EPA committee for over 10 years. Vocal supporter of Saving Our Open Space. Instrumental in acquiring a 24 acre parcel of land and supports the expansion of services provided at Farmingville Hills County Park.
District 5 Kara Hahn (D - INCUMBENT)
Hahn has sponsored legislation banning single use plastic straws, and banning the distribution of polystyrene foam products. Implemented the installation of water bottle refill stations in water fountains throughout the county and requiring the health department to create signage for dry cleaners to display to the public which types of cleaning products are being used at that location. Champion of park accessibility by creating trails, putting in parking lots and supporting the funding for the “Rails to Trails” project.
District 6 Sarah Anker (D - INCUMBENT)
Anker sponsored the resolution to make it illegal to intentionally release helium balloons. Anker has worked extensively to gather support from elected officials, utility agencies and the community to create the 10-mile recreational path known as Rails to Trails Recreational Path which is back on track and full steam ahead to break ground fall of 2019. Anker supported legislation to ban plastic straws and Styrofoam. Anker is working to acquire the old Kmart property in Middle Island and transform the area into a community park and preserve 28 acres of open space. She is also currently working with Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SOMAS) and Sea Grant on a Marine Debris pollution awareness program.
District 15 DuWayne Gregory (D – INCUMBENT)
Gregory supported adopting a local law to waive sewer connection fees for economic revitalization in urban renewal areas. Co-sponsored legislation to promote land acquisitions for open space, farmland preservation, and hamlet parks in underserved communities. Co-sponsored legislation to increase the penalties for any individual or corporation found to be illegally dumping materials on Suffolk County property. Introduced the Suffolk County Revitalization Land Bank program. Established the Suffolk County Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council to allow government and private industry to work with local communities to attract good-paying jobs to the region, encourage the growth of the marine sector, and protect waterways. Supports installing solar panels on county buildings.
District 16 Susan Berland (D – INCUMBENT)
Berland has supported resolutions that have banned Styrofoam and single-use plastic straws and stirrers, modernized the Suffolk County Transit bus fleet with new hybrid electric-buses and made county-owned facilities more energy efficient. Berland is devoted to the preservation of open space and to the maintenance of the aquifer and drinking water having voted to authorize the Long Island Commission on Aquifer Protection on which she serves.
Town of Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman (D - INCUMBENT)
Under Schneiderman’s leadership, the town has paid $436,566 to 35 homeowners for the installation of innovative/alternative, nitrogen-reducing septic systems since it rolled out a rebate program in 2017. Affordable rental developments in Speonk and Tuckahoe are near completion, and the town board earlier this year passed legislation that relaxes regulations on accessory apartments in exchange for keeping them affordable. During Schneiderman’s tenure, the town has undertaken infrastructure projects such as road improvements, including a $1 million road resurfacing that alleviated flooding on Dune Road.
Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine (R – INCUMBENT)
Under his Energy Efficiency and Energy Sustainability Initiative, Romaine has been able to achieve substantial reduction in annual electric use, CO2 production, and gasoline consumption. By converting street lights to LEDs, energy use has decreased 29.5% from 2013 to 2019. The first all electric town vehicle was purchased in 2017. Two additional all electric vehicles were delivered in 2019. Solar panels to be installed at Calabro Airport will provide electricity to 250-300 homes 24 hours per day. By the end of 2018, over 200 tons of brewery grains has been diverted from the waste stream and used for food for animals. In 2018, the town was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Fish & Wildlife National Coastal & Resiliency Fund for a study for the Managed Retreat and Ecological Restoration of Southern Mastic Beach, a project which includes demolition of blighted homes, shoring up of road ends, providing public access to the dock.
East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter K. Van Scoyoc (D - INCUMBENT)
Van Scoyoc sponsored East Hampton’s involvement with the South Fork Commuter Connection, a partnership between the Long Island Railroad, East Hampton, and Southampton Towns to bring additional commuter trains to the South Fork to reduce traffic, shorten commute times, and reduce emissions. Van Scoyoc has voted to acquire hundreds of acres of parkland, saved and restored a park that was slated for sale, purchased the development rights on dozens of acres of farmland with affirmative farming covenants to ensure active farming continues within East Hampton. With the addition of rooftop solar on several municipal buildings, by 2020, 100% of the government’s electricity needs will be met using renewable sources. The first megawatt scale solar farm on the South Fork has been completed by repurposing an abandoned brush dump. The town has added 4 more electric cars. Six more EV charging stations will be added at Town Hall and are in negotiations to add an additional 12 Fast Chargers in Montauk. The town incentivized conversion of existing septic systems by offering up to $16,000 in rebates in addition to grant funding available through Suffolk County.
Huntington Town Board Kathleen Cleary (D)
Trained Master Gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Serves on the board of Long Island Native Plant Initiative, an all-volunteer cooperative effort of over 30 non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, nursery professionals, and citizens. The mission is to protect the genetic integrity and heritage of Long Island native plant populations. Encourages sustainable landscaping at town, commercial and residential locations, reducing the need for gas powered blowers and mowers.
Nassau County Legislature
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth (D - INCUMBENT)
Bosworth continues to advocate against New York City’s campaign to reopen the Jamaica Wells, a move that would withdraw an average of 68 million gallons of water a day. Together with the Solid Waste Management Authority, the town updated their public education for recycling and recently sent an educational brochure to every home in the Town of North Hempstead. In the process of planning the redevelopment of North Hempstead Beach Park. The current plan calls for the removal of 1.5 acres of concrete parking lots, which will be converted into green, open spaces. An important project in the 2019 Capital Plan involves the capturing of storm water runoff from the Harbor Links Golf Course and from the capped landfills behind our Solid Waste Management Authority. This year the town partnered with the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee to install a Sea bin floating trash collector which will help clear this important waterway of bottles, bags, and any other trash that would pollute the Bay.
VOTE: 6 IN FAVOR (4 ABSENT)
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino (R- INCUMBENT)
Saladino has held Grumman accountable to test for radiological materials along with contaminants, including 1,4 dioxane. Environmental cleanup of contaminated soil is underway at a ballfield in Bethpage Community Park. Saladino’s administration hosts many programs such as Oyster Bay Harbor Cleanups; Dune Grass Planting at TOBAY Beach; Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection Days; and has begun the institutional recycling of materials in the school districts. More than 70% of town streetlights, covering some 500 miles of town roads, have now been converted to LED. Solar panels have been installed at the reconstructed Hicksville Commuter Parking Garage. In the spring of 2019, a new Shellfish Hatchery in Oyster Bay was launched to improve water quality in Harbor by populating waterways with an additional 500,000+ clams and oysters annually.
District 4 Debra Mule (D – INCUMBENT)
Cosponsor of bipartisan legislation banning many forms of Styrofoam packing materials and single-use food service products starting in 2020. Continues to advocate for policies that foster transit-oriented downtown development and promote walkable lifestyles. Supports county efforts to incorporate green energy sources such as wind and solar into the municipal energy portfolio. Exploring a pilot program that would introduce goats to the Brookside Preserve for the purpose of eliminating invasive, non-native plant species without the use of pesticides or harmful chemicals and introduce bee hives at the Preserve to preserve the honeybee population.
District 10 Ellen Birnbaum (D – INCUMBENT)
Worked with my local sewer district, Great Neck Water Pollution Control District, in promoting a "shed the meds" event to keep harmful medicine out of our waterways. Sponsored legislation to obtain Community Revitalization Funds for local municipalities to landscape their public areas. Sponsored wide ban on the use of Styrofoam in packaging and food storage containers by food establishments. Supported funding for the diversion of effluents from Bay Park to Cedar Creek in order to protect Reynolds Channel. Has met with Cornell University Cooperative Extension Nassau to discuss community gardens, healthy eating, composting, and butterfly gardens.
District 11 Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D – INCUMBENT)
DeRiggi-Whitton worked closely with “Residents forward” in Port Washington to address issues facing the aquifer and is an active member of the Long Island Commission on Aquifer Protection. DeRiggi-Whitton secured county resources to implement a new project that will help remove bacteria from the stream flowing in to Glen Cove’s Crescent Beach. She supported the Styrofoam ban and also supported the plastic ban fee. DeRiggi-Whitton continues to support efforts to strengthen the sewer infrastructure.
District 14 Laura Schaefer (R-INCUMBENT) Supported legislation to require all active parkland and open space owned or operated by Nassau County be open and accessible to all county residents, with appropriate parking facilities, signage, and points of ingress and egress. Has voted in favor of the Sustainable Energy Loan Program to allow Nassau County businesses to access low cost financing for the installation of renewal energy systems and energy efficiency improvements including solar energy systems, energy efficient boilers or insulation, and other energy efficiency initiatives that help drive down business expenses, minimize carbon emissions, and lower energy costs. Has lobbied New York State and the Federal Government for additional funding to address groundwater contamination emanating from the Grumman facility in Bethpage. As chair of the Nassau County Planning, Development and the Environment Committee has held hearings on the emerging contaminants including 1,4 Dioxane and have lobbied Nassau County’s New York State representatives and the Governor to limit concentrations of this dangerous chemical in commercial products including detergents, cosmetics and personal care items. Voted to pass legislation to ban the use of Styrofoam containers and packaging in Nassau County and to use the funds from the enforcement of this important environmental initiative the environmental investigation and cleanup of Nassau County brownfields.
District 18 Joshua Lafazan (D – INCUMBENT)
Lafazan prioritizes the reconstruction of the Bayville Bridge, the lifeline into one of Nassau’s largest villages. Lafazan has been a vocal proponent or a new law passed in Nassau that will put together a plan to expand EV charging stations. He has been an ardent supporter of the redevelopment of the HUB in Nassau County (Nassau Coliseum) which will include 500 housing units, hotels, biotech research, and retail, with a walkable downtown district including open greenspace, and improved transit.