NEW YORK - New York's leading environmental organizations are applauding Assembly Member Robert Sweeney  (D/11th District) for his efforts to safeguard Long Island's natural heritage, protect clean air and water, and create a clean-energy economy.
The Sierra Club, Long Island Environmental Voters Forum and the New York League of Conservation Voters have all endorsed Assembly Member Sweeney in the upcoming election, pointing to his impressive list of achievements, including leadership on the issues of climate change, green jobs and the protection of dwindling open space. As chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Assembly Member Sweeney plays a major role in setting environmental policy for the entire state.
Assembly Member Sweeney also earned a score of 90 in the 2010 EPL/Environmental Advocates Voters' Guide  - the highest score in the Assembly. EPL honored Assembly Member Sweeney as one of two "Legislators of the Year" for 2010. Legislator of the Year honors are awarded to the public figures that have done the most to advance environmentally beneficial policy.
Richard Amper, Chair of the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum , said: "Long Islanders are especially fortunate to have the Assembly Environmental Conservation Chair come from Long Island. We endorse Assemblyman Sweeney not just for all he has done for Long Island but for the state as a whole."
"Bob Sweeney understands that environmental sustainability is not merely a luxury for the good times -- he knows that economic growth and a healthy environment must go hand in hand," said Marcia Bystryn, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters. "Because of his impressive track record fighting for a greener, stronger New York, we are very proud to endorse Bob Sweeney for Assembly."
"Robert Sweeney's stalwart leadership has guided us through some of New York's most difficult environmental issues" said Roger Downs, Conservation Program Manager for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter . "At a time when we face the enormity of climate change, expanded natural gas drilling, and jumpstarting our green economy, his leadership in is needed now - more than ever. We are proud to endorse him for Assembly."
Rob Moore, Executive Director, EPL/Environmental Advocates , said: "This year Assembly Member Sweeney received the top score in EPL/Environmental Advocates annual Voters' Guide, which grades lawmakers according to their votes on important environmental bills. He is consistently one of New York's greenest legislators."