March 10, 2009
Contact: Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350, ext. 206
A fighter for green jobs and a sustainable future
Scott MurphyNEW YORK --- The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top policy and political priority in New York State, today announced its endorsement of Scott Murphy for the 20th Congressional District, representing all or parts of Dutchess, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, Washington and Essex counties.
Drawing on his experience in the political and business worlds, Scott Murphy understands the importance of a "green" economy to the 20th District. He is a strong advocate for investing in alternative, renewable energy through tax incentives and creating well-paying green-collar jobs. At a time when public transportation systems in his district are facing fare hikes and service cuts, Murphy has pledged to improve transit to reduce long-term costs and dramatically cut greenhouse gases. In addition, Scott Murphy will make the protection of New York's public lands a top priority, both to help the environment and grow the tourism industry.
"During this time of economic challenge, Scott Murphy understands that sustainability is a way forward for the 20th District," said James Melius, chair of NYLCV's Capital District Chapter. "Scott Murphy's green jobs plan will help protect New York's environment, while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and creating good jobs. We're proud to throw our full support behind his candidacy, and we strongly urge voters who believe in a more economically sustainable future to make him the next Congress member from the 20th District."
In response to the endorsement, Scott Murphy said: "I'm especially pleased to have the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, because we need to create green jobs Upstate, and invest in alternative energy so we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, while cutting energy costs and protecting our environment. I look forward to using my real-world experience in Washington of helping to create over a 1,000 jobs - including many in the green sector - and working closely with Senator Gillibrand and President Obama to turn our economy around."
The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, policy making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision makers, and voters by evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing environmental leaders to office in New York State.