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NYLCV ENDORSES AND JOINS LONG ISLAND'S LAST STAND

January 11, 2006

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Jaime Strohmenger (212) 361-6350 x 206



"Long Island’s Last Stand" Initiative Aims to Preserve Long Island's Quality of Life


   


NYLCV ENDORSES AND JOINS LONG ISLAND'S LAST STAND

"Long Island’s Last Stand" Initiative Aims to Preserve Long Island's Quality of Life

Pictured here are Suffolk County Legislator Dan Lasquadro, NYLCV Long Island Chair Michael White, Nassau County Legislator Dave Mejias, Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi, Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg.

 

Long Island, NY –The New York League of Conservation Voters, along with 100 other organizations, as well as elected officials from both Nassau and Suffolk County, announced today that they have joined Long Island’s Last Stand, a 10-year action plan to save the most significant remaining open space and farmland, and to restore and protect our bays, harbors, and public parklands across Long Island.

“This 10-year strategy is our last chance to save what makes Long Island such a wonderful place to live—our beautiful land and water,” said Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters. “It is our duty to give future generations the best natural environment for Long Island that we can. Healthy natural resources provide priceless benefits to us, but if we fail to protect our natural areas we will pay a high price because of their loss. Without this plan, Long Island does not stand a chance.”

In the last 20 years, Long Island has lost more than 40 percent of its open space and over 30 percent of its farmland to development and suburbanization. This unbalanced growth damages our environment and threatens our health and economy. With land prices increasing rapidly, the time to save these remaining parcels is now. This last stand aims to preserve 25,000 acres of the most significant remaining open space and 10,000 acres of farmland, and restore and protect hundreds of thousands of acres of lands and waters in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Long Island’s Last Stand is supported by a coalition of concerned citizens, farmers, business leaders and conservation groups who are taking a stand to protect remaining natural areas and to restore Long Island’s lands, waters and way of life.

Michael White, Chair of the New York League of Conservation Voters said, “NYLCV supports environmental candidates on the local, federal and state level. Progress made on this conservation initiative will factor heavily in our endorsement process, as well as our legislative scorecards and county executive report cards. NYLCV is pleased to partake in this unprecedented effort and pledges to continue to encourage elected officials throughout New York State to take a stand and support this bold conservation vision to save Long Island.”

Long Island’s Last Stand is a 10-year action plan to save Long Island’s most significant remaining open spaces and farmland and to restore and protect our harbors, bays, and public parkland. Long Island’s Last Stand is supported by a coalition of concerned citizens, farmers, business leaders and conservation groups who are taking a stand to protect remaining natural areas and to restore Long Island’s lands, waters and way of life. Visit www.linature.org for more information.

The New York League of Conservation Voters was founded in 1989 as the nonpartisan political arm of New York’s environmental community. NYLCV seeks to make conservation and natural resource protection top priorities with New York’s elected officials, political candidates, businesses, and voters by mobilizing New Yorkers as a political force on behalf of the environment. In 2005, NYLCV made 89 endorsements statewide, including races in New York City, Westchester, Long Island, the Capital District and Central and Western New York. In 2005, 87% of NYLCV endorsed candidates were elected. Visit www.nylcv.org or www.linature.org for more information.


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