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NYLCV Releases 2006 NYC Council Environmental Scorecard

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2007

Contact: Stacy Feldman, 212-361-6350

Scorecard reflects victory on solid waste management plan but lack of movement on eight other key bills

New York, New York --- The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) released its 2006 New York City Council Environmental Scorecard on March 13, following a city council session that produced the passage of a solid waste management plan but failed to move eight other key environmental bills.

"The 2006 Environmental Scorecard offers a clear view of where the New York City Council stands on some of the most important environmental issues facing our city. While it's not an ideal picture, the swift passage and outstanding quality of the solid waste management plan show promise for what is possible. We praise Speaker Quinn for making that happen and we hope to see more of that in 2007," said NYLCV Executive Director Marcia Bystryn.

The 2006 scores for the 51 city council members were based on a scale of zero to 100 percent. The average score was 45 percent, a 30 percent decline from the 2005 scorecard average. Eight members improved their scores over last year, while 35 did worse.

The 2006 New York City Council Environmental Scorecard was completed in consultation with over 25 of the city's leading environmental, public health, transportation, and advocacy organizations. The group selected nice pieces of legislation that it believed were the most important environmental bills before the council in 2006. Council members, and the body as a whole, were scored based on pro-environment votes cast on each. For bills that never made it to the floor, the members who sponsored them earned a positive score. Among the votes included in the 2006 Scorecard are those on climate change, energy efficiency, transportation alternatives, and watershed protection.


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