Assemblymember Cahill Receives a Perfect Score by the EPL/Environmental Advocates of New York in 2019 Scorecard

Albany, NY – For the third year in a row, Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Kingston) has achieved a perfect score in the EPL/Environmental Advocates of New York annual scorecard. The survey ranks legislators on their efforts to advance green policy initiatives while also pushing back against legislation deemed harmful to the environment.

Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of EPL/Environmental Advocates said, “Assemblyman Cahill has a long and storied history of being an environmental champion. This year was no exception and is reflected in another perfect score. His continued commitment to priorities like clean water, clean air and tackling the climate crisis set a standard not just for the Hudson Valley, but for all of New York.”

Jeff Senterman, Executive Director of the Catskill Center said, “Assemblymember Kevin Cahill is a key leader for protecting our natural environment in the Assembly. His commitment to the protection, preservation and enhancement of our unique Catskill Park and its Forest Preserve is greatly appreciated. It's great to see his hard work recognized with a perfect score on the 2019 NYS Environmental Scorecard from EPL.”

Kathy O’Connor, Chapter Liaison for the Mid-Hudson Citizen Climate Lobby said, “We recognize and applaud Assemblymember Kevin Cahill's score of one-hundred percent dedication to positive environmental actions in New York State, as evidenced by the EPL/Environmental Advocates 2019 Scorecard. He has a keen, sincere and effective approach to legislation needed to promote environmental justice.”

“New York has long been at the forefront of environmental stewardship, pioneering regulations to protect air and water quality, preserve open space and enhance our communities,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “I am proud of the successes we have had in the Assembly. Now, we must build on our record and prevent any degradation of our natural resources.”

This year’s guide included a bill prime sponsored by Assemblymember Cahill, the Hudson Valley Community Protection Act (A.129), which allows communities in Ulster County to raise funds for preserving open spaces, unique ecological areas, agricultural lands and historic places. “Community Preservation Funds gives participating towns and villages many benefits enjoyed by municipalities in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties. In providing the necessary tools to ensure residents a prosperous future by offering an effective way to conserve productive farmland, create new parks, enhance water quality and revitalize historic structures, this act will increase opportunities for growth and partnership, a crucial aspect for future generations.”

Additional measures considered in determining legislator scores are three bills that Assemblymember Cahill co-sponsored this past session. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (A.8429) signed by the Governor this past July, poses ambitious objectives authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation to create a climate action plan. The legislation sets several goals to combat climate change, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by eighty-five percent by 2050, requiring that seventy percent of electricity be produced by renewable energy systems by 2030 and requiring one-hundred percent of the state’s electricity to be produced without emissions by 2040. Also signed into law is the Oil and Natural Gas Prohibition bill (A. 2572) which prohibits state authorizations related to certain offshore oil and natural gas production. Further, an environmental rights bill, A.2064, would embed a right to clean air and water, as well as sound land use practices in the State Constitution. This legislation has received first passage by both houses of the legislature and, if approved again in the 2021 session, will go before the voters for their consideration.

Founded in 1969, EPL/Environmental Advocates has been at the forefront of making sure that adequate protections are in place and enforced to conserve our resources, curb pollution and maintain the vitality of our forests and natural surroundings. The group advocates for tough new measures when necessary.