Leg­is­la­tors get en­vi­ron­ment grades

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tom Pre­cious NEWS AL­BANY BU­REAU CHIEF

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.

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