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GREEN GROUP ENDORSES CANDIDATES

No Endorsement In County Executive Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: David Reisfield (631) 724-3455

The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum has made endorsements in only a handful of the races for the Suffolk County Legislature and no endorsement at all in the Suffolk County Executive race. LIEVF has also made endorsements in several town supervisor and council elections.

The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum endorsed neither candidate for Suffolk County Executive.  Incumbent Steve Bellone supported Steve Levy’s raid of Suffolk’s Drinking Water Protection Program and has done little to provide a dedicated fund for clean water.  Challenger John Kennedy sent 1099s to both homeowners and installers of nitrogen protecting septic systems and criticized the clean water proposal.  “You’ll need to select your candidate for Suffolk County Executive on the basis of something other than environmental record.  Neither candidate is an environmentalist.”  declares Voters Forum chairman Richard Amper.

For Suffolk County Legislature, LIEVF only made endorsements in five of the races. Legislators Al Krupski, Sara Anker, Robert Calarco and Susan Berland were singled out for their work on the environment and water quality. Amper states that: “Legislator Krupski has become an environmental leader and a great public servant to his North Fork constituents.” He goes on to note that Legislator Sara Anker: “…has made the environment a priority for many years.” Rounding out the legislature endorsements is challenger David Bligh in district 4. An environmental engineer, he shows great promise to support the environment in a district severely lacking in environmental leadership.

In Brookhaven, the Environmental Voters Forum once again gave its endorsement to Supervisor Ed Romaine. “A true environmentalist and a stalwart for water quality for both Brookhaven and Long Island.” asserts Voters Forum executive-director David Reisfield. LIEVF also endorsed Council members Valerie Cartright, Jane Bonner and Michael Loguercio. The mix of political parties that the Voters Forum has endorsed in Brookhaven and throughout Suffolk shows that the environment is not a partisan issue. 

In the Town of Huntington, the Voters Forum made a single endorsement. Council member Joan Cergol was endorsed for re-election. David Reisfield observed: “Councilwoman Cergol is a forward-thinking and astute steward who understands how to balance environmentalism and economic development in such a way to ensure progress and prosperity of both disciplines.”

 
The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization created to identify, recruit, endorse and support pro-environment candidates for public office.

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East End Candidates Stand Up for the Environment

   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: David Reisfield (631) 724-3455

The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum has announced its endorsement of candidates who can be counted on to make the environment a priority on the East End.

For the Suffolk County Legislature, the Voters Forum has given their endorsement to Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. Richard Amper, LIEVF’s Chairman states: “Legislator Krupski has become an environmental leader and a great public servant to his North Fork constituents.”

In the elections for Southampton supervisor and town council, the Voters Forum made only one endorsement. LIEVF endorsed John Bouvier in his bid for re-election to the town council. “Councilman Bouvier was endorsed for his outstanding work on water issues including establishing a Water Quality Board to review and implement water quality infrastructure projects as well as the launching of the Southampton Town residential septic system replacement with a Town wide rebate program to offset residents’ costs of installation. He continues to lead by example by implementing sustainable policies to combat climate change and the effects of sea level rise, expand coastal resiliency, and working with government at all levels to protect and restore our local natural environments.” says Richard Amper.

In East Hampton, the environmental group endorsed the re-election of both Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Town Council member Sylvia Overby. David Reisfield, the Voters Forum executive-director notes that: “Supervisor Van Scoyoc has demonstrated his commitment and effectiveness acquiring open space, in protecting our water, and transitioning away from fossil fuels to address climate change.”

In Southold the Voters Forum single endorsement went to Supervisor Scott Russell. David Reisfield again explains: “Supervisor Russell’s proactive policies to promote green energy, protect the environment and preserve Southold's open spaces all while balancing these goals to maintain a healthy economy has earned our trust to endorse his candidacy. “ 

 

In Riverhead, LIEVF has called for the replacement of town board member Tim Hubbard. “By switching his vote, from against to for EPCAL, he singlehandedly gave the property to a completely unqualified and suspicious company. He was very lax on oversight of their financial condition and was quoted as saying he wants a cargo jetport at that property.” stated James Bouklas, Voters Forum board member.  LIEVF endorses Laura Jens-Smith for re-election as Supervisor and for town council, newcomer Patricia Snyder.

The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization created to identify, recruit, endorse and support pro-environment candidates for public office.

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