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.< Back to Nonpartisan Electoral Activities
NYLCVEF hosted an environmental forum for the New York City Public Advocate special election. Moderated by Politico New York’s Gloria Pazmino, nearly 250 New Yorkers had the chance to hear where the candidates stood on environmental issues ranging from sustainable transportation to the city’s 80 x 50 climate goals.
Since 2011, NYLCVEF has served as a technical partner to the East Hampton Environmental Coalition (EHEC) assisting with the production of a common agenda, a candidate questionnaire and environmental issues forum for candidates running for East Hampton Town Board. In 2017, NYLCVEF was proud to partner with the following local organizations: Accabonac Protection Committee,…
Following an eventful week, the NYLCV Education Fund was back at it again on Sunday, October 15th and Monday, October 16th. NYLCVEF sponsored two environmental Candidate Forums in Nassau County for County Executive and Huntington for Town Supervisor. Continuing the trend of having engaged and interested audiences, we received many insightful and relevant questions from…
In the past week, NYLCVEF hosted two environmental Candidate Forums in Westchester and East Hampton. As was made clear by the insightful questions both audiences asked the candidates, Environmental issues are extremely important to both Westchester and East Hampton residents alike. Beginning with Wednesday’s 2017 Westchester County Executive Environmental Candidate Forum at the Elisabeth Haub…
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. The forum was hosted by the…
On Thursday, May 4th, 2017, candidates for City Council, Borough President and all citywide offices gathered for a morning of discussions on critical environmental issues facing New York City. The event, designed to improve understanding of environmental and public health issues facing our city, featured two panels of environmental experts and advocates in conversation about some…
NYLCVEF’s nonpartisan electoral activities usually take place leading up to an election and seek to educate voters and candidates on the critical connection between elected office and environmental protections and by encouraging environmentalists to vote.
On September 1st, the six candidates in the Democratic primary for New York’s 65th Assembly district gathered to discuss their views on environmental issues in their district with advocates and community members at Southbridge Towers on the Lower East Side. District 65 faces a number of environmental policy challenges from the area’s accelerating development and…
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