Aug. 12, 2010
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A staunch defender of
Long Island's natural heritage
--- The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York, today announced its endorsement of Kenneth LaValle for New York State Senate in District 1 (towns of Brookhaven, Southold, Riverhead, Shelter Island, East Hampton and Southampton).
Sen. Kenneth LaValle with NYLCV President Marcia BystrynSenator LaValle has been an environmental champion throughout his career in public service. He was the driving force behind the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act, which preserves Long Island's most sensitive habitat and protects precious drinking water resources. His commitment to open space preservation and energy-efficient planning led to passage of the Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act earlier this year. Senator LaValle voted against massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Fund - giving a passionate floor speech in defense of conservation programs.
"Ken LaValle is one of Long Island's most passionate conservationists," said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. "Senator LaValle knows that environmental sustainability, healthy communities and clean energy are not luxuries - they are the way forward to a stronger Long Island. We are proud to endorse him for Senate."
Senator LaValle said: "I am grateful to the New York League of Conservation Voters for their endorsement and support. I look forward to working together in the future in an effort to preserve the quality of life in our region and throughout New York State. "
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.