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Environmental scores not good for north country legislators


The most recent legislative session was "unremarkable" and "unproductive," in part due to the poor performance of several north country legislators, according to an environmental advocacy group.
“Northern New York is one of the most beautiful regions in the country, but you would never know it by the way most of its elected officials vote,” Rob Moore, the executive director of EPL/Environmental Advocates, said in a news release.
Assemblywoman Addie Russell, a Theresa lawmaker who is the only Democrat in the north country's delegation, was the only one to fare well. She got a 91.
The rest: not so much;
Here's from the news release:
North Country Scores
Ken Blankenbush (R-122/Black River): 41
Will Barclay (R-124/Pulaski): 34
Janet L. Duprey (R-114/Peru): 41
Addie J. Russell (D-118/Theresa): 91
Teresa R. Sayward (R-113/Glens Falls): 53

Elizabeth Little (R-45/Queensbury): 18
Joseph A. Griffo (R-47/Rome): 23
Patty Ritchie (R-48/Heuvelton): 31

Don Hassig will not be pleased, guys.

Here's the full guide.

From Mr. Blankenbush's Facebook: "I'm proud to have received a score of 41 on my record. There is a clear case for conservation verses environmental extremism where we can all work together and preserve our outdoor treasures while also allowing business and tourism to grow. Groups like this are holding back my legislation for ATV groups and won't allow good farming practices and forest management to take place."

And here's a quote from Mr. Moore:

"The Assemblyman earned his low score because he voted against measures that would make our families and communities better places to live. For instance, he opposed giving local communities facing the prospect of oil & gas drilling the opportunity to pass home rule protections, as well as legislation protecting home buyers from getting stuck with a contaminated water well. Unfortunately, he instead spent his time in Albany trying to pass legislation that would have your children dodging vehicles the size of a small compact car when they play in the woods."

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