The group Environmental Advoates Action on Thursday released its scorecard of the Democratic-led state Assembly's legislative work, giving a majority of its members a rating of 95% or better.
The group assessed legislation on a range of measures, including the protection of streams and wetlands, efforts to reduce climate change by requiring the state's vehicle fleet to be all electric by 2035 and boosting recycling programs.
All told, 89 lawmakers received a rating of 95% or better by the group. A review of the state Senate's measures is set to be released later this summer, the group said.
Environmental issues have taken on increasing urgency among advocacy organizations and some lawmakers as the state moves to transition to more renewable and cleaner forms of energy in the coming decades.
“As this scorecard clearly shows, the Assembly majority has a strong commitment to improving the health and environment of New York," said Peter Iwanowicz, the group's executive director. "With over 89 members receiving a score of 95% or better along with the fact that no 'smokestack rated' bill came to the floor for a vote, the Assembly is providing the leadership New York’s environment needs.”
The group gave Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie a 100% score; Assembly Environmental Conservation Chairman Steve Englebright received a 98% score.
The full scorecard can be found here.