Each year, Environmental Advocates of New York scores state legislators on their environmental voting records and yesterday, the group released this year's rankings
. The marks are based on legislators' votes on a selection of environmental bills, including fracking moratorium measures, brownfield tax credit reform bills, climate change legislation, and a measure to corral wild boars.
In a press release, the organization said that the Senate had a generally lousy record of dealing with environmental bills, while the Assembly did a much better job. It gave its annual Oil Slick Award to Senate Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein, saying that "he prevented common-sense legislation from making its way through the legislative process; he refused to stop the rollback of hard-fought protections from coming to the floor; and he voted in support of bad bills." A spokesperson for Klein in turn called EANY and its supporters the "tea party of the left."
Scores for Rochester-area legislators spanned a broad range, though as a general trend the Democratic representatives scored higher than the Republicans. Scores in the Senate were generally lower in the Assembly — most likely a reflection of the legislation taken up by the chambers' leaders. And Assembly member Bill Nojay, a Republican, appears to have scored lower than any other member of his chamber — he received 25 points out of a possible 100.
Other local scores:
- Democratic Assembly member Harry Bronson scored 100;
- Democratic Assembly member David Gantt scored 100;
- Republican Assembly member Stephen Hawley scored 37;
- Republican Assembly member Mark Johns scored 80 (it's worth noting that he bucked other Republicans to back a solar bill and a fracking moratorium);
- Democratic Assembly majority leader Joe Morelle scored 100;
- Republican Assembly member Bill Reilich scored 44;
- Republican Senator Patrick Gallivan scored 42;
- Democratic Senator Ted O'Brien scored 59;
- Republican Senator George Maziarz scored 42;
- Republican Senator Michael Nozzolio scored 39;
- Republican Senator Michael Ranzenhofer's score couldn't be calculated;
- Republican Senator Joe Robach scored 47.