For the 5th Straight Year, Assemblyman Buchwald Receives a Perfect Score on Environmental Issues

October 17, 2017

For five years in a row, State Assemblyman David Buchwald has received a perfect score for his voting record on the environment. This past week Environmental Advocates of New York, a leading environmental watchdog group, gave him a perfect score of 100 for the 2017 legislative year. Since taking office in 2013, Assemblyman Buchwald has been an outspoken advocate for environmentally responsible legislation.

The environmental legislation Assemblyman Buchwald supported in 2017 included establishing a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide, establishing a $2.5 billion infrastructure program to better treat wastewater entering our streams and rivers and directing the Public Service Commission to create a solar and wind energy storage program.

“It is an honor to be recognized with a perfect legislative score, and to have received it all five years I have been in office,” said Assemblyman Buchwald (D-Westchester). “With Washington moving away from a commitment to protect the environment, I will continue to advocate and support legislation here in New York that takes on the serious environmental challenges we face.”

Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of EPL/Environmental Advocates said, “New York’s environment is in better shape because of leaders like Assemblyman Buchwald. He voted for groundbreaking climate action and for a bill to put the right of clean water and air into the State Constitution. His leadership on electric cars and his work to protect us from the out-of-state fracking waste being dumped in our state is making a real difference in these troubling times. EPL/Environmental Advocates applauds him for his ongoing commitment to the environment and public health.”

Earlier this year, as the U.S. Coast Guard announced plans to allow up to 43 barges to anchor on the Hudson River, essentially creating long-term parking lots for barges that transport oil. Assemblyman Buchwald co-sponsored legislation (A.6825) to create oil tanker avoidance zones to protect the environment and riverfront communities and to increase state oversight of petroleum bearing vessels. The legislation has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

Every year, Environmental Advocates grades New York State lawmakers according to their votes on bills that could help or harm our air, land, water, wildlife and health. Based in Albany, the group monitors state government, evaluates proposed laws and champions policies and practices that ensure the responsible stewardship of our shared environment.

The Environmental Advocates 2017 Environmental Scorecard can be read in greater detail at their Web site.