2017 Environmental Candidate Forums

August 29, 2017

2017 saw a range of local elections across the state, including in New York City, Long Island, the Capital Region, and Western New York. In all, we held six forums from East Hampton to Westchester County, for positions ranging from Town Supervisor to County Executive 

New York City Council District 18 Environmental Candidate Forum

Residents of Council District 18 in the Bronx gathered to hear from city council candidates on September 5th 2017. Candidates are racing to fill the open seat of Council Member Annabel Palma, who is term-limited. All candidates were invited, with Amanda Farias, Elvin Garcia, and Michael Beltzer in attendance. Learn more about the event here.

New York City Council District 35 Neighborhood Candidate Forum

NYLCVEF partnered with five local neighborhood groups– The Brooklyn Heights Association, The Crown Heights North Association, The Fort Greene Association, The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, and The Society for Clinton Hill– to host a candidate forum on Wednesday September 6th. The goal was to bring together community members and give them a platform to question candidates on policy matters of importance to them. Learn more about the event here.

Westchester County Executive Environmental Candidate Forum

Candidates Rob Astorino and George Latimer answered a series of questions from the board of panelists as well as some questions asked by audience members. The panelists, Victoria Alzapiedi, Tracy Brown, and Karl R. Rábago asked the two candidates questions relating to climate change, the Westchester County Airport, the closing of Indian Point and replacements for it, and renewable energy to get a sense of their opinions on environmental issues. Learn more and view videos from the event here.

East Hampton Environmental Candidate Forum

NYLCVEF joined Concerned Citizens of Montauk for an environmental candidate forum that engaged candidates running for town supervisor and board.  Learn more about the forum and watch videos from the event here.

Nassau County Executive Environmental Candidate Forum

On a Sunday evening at Adelphi University in Garden City, crowds gathered to hear Nassau County Executive Candidates Laura Curran and Jack Martins answer questions from the panel that included Eric Alexander from Vision Long Island, Adrienne Esposito from Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, and Nick Sifuentes from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Moderated by the NYLCVEF’s President, Marcia Bystryn, the forum addressed a range of environmental issues including water and air quality, sewage management, offshore wind turbine installation, and public transportation. Read more here.

Huntington Town Supervisor Environmental Candidate Forum

The next day at the Huntington Library, Huntington Town Supervisor Candidates Tracey Edwards and Chad Lupinacci answered questions from Eric Alexander from Vision Long Island, Maureen Dolan Murphy from Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, and Beth Fiteni from Green Inside and Out. Among the questions asked by the panel included topics related to road safety in Huntington, pesticide use, high-density housing, and waste management. Click here to learn more about the event.

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