Legislators get environment grades
ALBANY – A leading environmental group has scored members of the State Legislature for their voting records in the 2017 session, and Western New York lawmakers received a broad range of ratings.
EPL/Environmental Advocates gave perfect scores for the votes taken during the sixmonth session by four Buffalo Democrats: Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy and Assembly Members Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, Michael P. Kearns and Sean M. Ryan.
Four Republican senators didn’t fare as well. Their scores included 68 for Christopher L. Jacobs, of Buffalo; 53 for Robert G. Ortt, of North Tonawanda; 77 for Michael H. Ranzenhofer, of Amherst; and 68 for Patrick M. Gallivan, of Elma.
Kennedy was cited among seven lawmakers for having a “sustained commitment” to environmental advocacy, saying that he has been a “reliable champion for environmental protection and health.”
The scores, released Wednesday, were based on issues such as wetlands protections, funding for clean water, efforts on renewable energy and a proposed change in the state constitution in which “each person shall have a right to clean air and water and a healthful environment.”
Other scores for Assembly Democrats included 77 for Robin L. Schimminger, of Kenmore, and 95 for Monica P. Wallace, of Lancaster.
Scores for Assembly Republicans included 85 for Raymond W. Walter, of Amherst; 72 for Angelo J. Morinello, of Niagara Falls; 67 for Michael J. Norris, of Lockport; and 43 for David J. DiPietro, of East Aurora, the second-lowest grade overall.