New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses Chris for Mayor, Candidate with Strength and Integrity to Make Tough Decisions and Stand by Them
Citing her demonstration of tough leadership, record of accomplishment and vision for making New York City a true environmental leader, the New York City League of Conservation Voters endorsed Christine Quinn for mayor today. NYLCV President Marcia Brystryn commended Quinn's leadership, particularly in the face of opposition, in passing New York City's historic five-borough equitable Solid Waste Management Plan. Brystryn also praised Quinn for her continued commitment to environmental issues.
“Only one candidate has made sustainability a top priority: Christine Quinn," said NYCLV President Marcia Brystryn. "From sustainable food and clean energy, to green buildings and mass transit, Chris Quinn has played a key role in the transformation of our city into the global sustainability leader it is today. Chris has an impressive record of environmental accomplishment that is matched only by her bold vision for an even greener, healthier city. And she has shown her willingness to make difficult decisions, to do the right thing for the environment even in the face of opposition. That’s exactly the kind of tough leadership New York needs, and that’s why the New York League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse Christine Quinn.”
Quinn stated, "I'm incredibly proud to receive the endorsement from such a long-standing partner and friend. Through the years, working together with Marcia and the League of Conservation Voters, I'm proud to say that we've taken steps that have been leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the country and have made New York City the greenest it has ever been. Some of our work has been met with conflict and with opposition. - I'm proud to say I have not wavered in the face of that opposition and have not stepped one inch backward in retreat. Sometimes making the right decision means facing some challenges. I'm proud to fight the good fight in environmental justice for our communities and in making our city more environmentally sound. Our work is far from done. I look forward to my continued work with LCV and I am honored to receive today's endorsement."
Chris Quinn has worked to make New York City one of the greenest cities in America. Quinn's accomplishments include: passing legislation that requires the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030; dramatically expanding the City's recycling program; fighting to protect the city's watershed; and working to reduce emissions citywide, both from commuters and city vehicles.
Today, Quinn' highlighted several additional proposals that will build on her work. Quinn committed to:
Set a new, stronger emission reduction goal of reducing 50 percent by 2080. This will expand on the current goal of reducing 30 percent by 2030 and will provide an important longer-term perspective on the issue. Reaching this goal may involve taking steps such as: replacing electricity use with renewable energy and expanding energy efficiency in smaller buildings, among other steps.
Make New York City's fleet greener and cleaner. This can be done by requiring greater use of biodiesel as well as requiring vehicles to employ only the very best particulate traps and increasing the level of efficiency that the City’s fleet must achieve into the future. In addition to these steps, Quinn will continue to monitor the city fleet's environmental performance on a regular basis.
Increase energy efficiency in smaller buildings. Quinn will work with a wide array of groups to figure out how to incentivize and finance energy efficiencies and establish programs to make going green as easy as possible.
Seven years ago, the City Council, under Quinn's approved the City’s 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan with the goal of reducing environmentally damaging truck trips associated with disposing the city's waste and making the system more equitable throughout the five boroughs. When the new fair trash plan is fully implemented, it will take tens of thousands of truck trips every year off the streets and will reverse damaging effects felt by communities currently burdened with the transport of the city's garbage.
Currently, 70% of the garbage handled in New York City is trucked to Jamaica, Queens, the South Bronx and North Brooklyn. This has contributed to children in Williamsburg-Bushwick being almost 70% more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than children in the rest of the city. Additionally, seniors in the same community are more than twice as likely to visit the ER for asthma than their counterparts elsewhere in the five-boroughs.