Sept. 14, 2012
Contact: Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350 ext. 206
Important wins in New York City,
Western New York and the Capital Region
Thursday’s Primary was nearly a clean sweep for New York’s environment, with several up-and-coming candidates passing their first test and many "green" veterans fending off tough challenges.
NYLCV supported Assembly candidate Patricia Fahy (left) with a fundraiser earlier this month. She won her Primary on Thursday.Although several races are still too close to call, NYLCV's endorsed candidates had a very strong showing. Virtually all of our top-priority candidates were successful, and NYLCV looks forward to standing with them over the next two months for their general election campaigns.
In the Capital Region, our endorsed candidate Patricia Fahy handily won a five-way Democratic primary to succeed retiring Assemblyman Jack McEneny in the 109th District. NYLCV held a successful fundraiser for Pat earlier this month.
Sen. Mark Grisanti, who chairs the Environmental Conservation Committee, handily won the Republican Primary.Cohoes Mayor John McDonald defeated Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin in the Democratic Primary to succeed Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, of Cohoes, in the 108th District.
In one of the most closely watched races, Sen. Mark Grisanti, who chairs the Environmental Conservation Committee, handily defeated his opponents in the Republican and Independence primaries. Last year, NYLCV named Grisanti an Eco-Star because of his environmental achievements. Grisanti also played a key role in improving environmental funding this year.
NYLCV's team worked the phones to support Brad Hoylman, who won a State Senate Primary.In New York City, former Manhattan Community Board 2 Chair Brad Holyman won the Democratic Primary to replace retiring Sen. Tom Duane in the 27th District. NYLCV staff and volunteers hit the streets and the phones to support Hoylman's election.
In the Bronx, Luis Sepulveda won the Democratic Primary for an open seat in the 87th Assembly District.
And in Queens, Nily Rozic – who was running to replace Assemblyman Rory Lancman – defeated longtime community advocate Jerry Iannece in the 25th District.
With the Primary wrapped up, NYLCV has already pivoted to our general election campaigns and the critical work of the NYLCV PAC in electing environmental leaders. NYLCV has a busy next couple of months in store, so please keep an eye on EcoPolitics, our Facebook page and Twitter feed for all the latest developments.