Eighty-two state lawmakers have received a perfect score on the 2021 legislative scorecard released Tuesday by the New York League of Conservation Voters. At the same time, 48 lawmakers received a score of 80% or higher.
The organization's report assessed 15 bills considered this year in the state Assembly and 16 measures before the state Senate, touching issues ranging from environmental justice, to public health and clean water and energy, as well as transportation.
"This past year, New Yorkers experienced firsthand the connection between public health, climate change and the environment," said New York League of Conservation Voters President Julie Tighe. "We applaud state legislators for advancing several bills that tackle these issues. Our elected officials passed several NYLCV longtime priorities, including reducing toxins found in public school drinking water and accelerating our transition to clean energy for all. NYLCV will continue to advocate for key priorities that did not pass last session, including a clean fuel standard, reducing packaging waste, protecting 30% of New York’s lands by 2030 and expanding wetlands protection."
All told, 32 members of the state Senate received a perfect score as did 50 members in the Assembly. The full ratings can be found here.
Both chambers approved measures that had been priorities for the environmental group, including a school drinking water measure and the Firefighter Protection Act.
Sen. Samra Brouk and Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson received rising star awards, and Sen. Kevin Parker and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy received "environmental champion" awards from the group.