NYLCVEF and WAMC/Northeast Public Radio to Hold Environmental Candidate Forum for New York’s 109th Assembly District on May 30

For the first time, the candidates will appear together on the same stage as they vie to fill Assemblymember Pat Fahy’s seat
The forum will be broadcast live on WAMC from 3-4 p.m.

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and WAMC/Northeast Public Radio are teaming up to host an Environmental Candidate Forum for New York’s 109th Assembly District on May 30, at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, in Albany, New York.

Invitations have been extended to all candidates appearing on the ballot, with the following candidates confirmed so far:

Owusu Anane
Ginnie Farrell
Andrew Joyce
Alicia Purdy 
Dustin Reidy
Gabriella Romero

The seat has been held by Patricia Fahy since 2013. Fahy – who is running for the New York Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Neil Breslin –  has been an outspoken advocate for policies to protect New York’s environment and help the state meet its CLCPA goals and transition to a clean energy economy. Whichever candidate assumes her role in AD-109 will have big shoes to fill.

With WAMC’s Ian Pickus moderating, NYLCVEF President Julie Tighe and WAMC reporter Lucas Willard will be asking candidates questions that get at the heart of New Yorkers’ environmental concerns. 

“We are proud to once again partner with the League to offer this forum, a service to listeners and voters in the district alike,” said WAMC’s Interim CEO Stacey Rosenberry.

“The most important thing we can do for the environment is vote, and it is absolutely critical that New Yorkers have the opportunity to hear directly from candidates so they can make informed decisions when they go to the polls, said Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. “The League has a long history of hosting non-partisan candidate forums and we’re excited to partner with WAMC to bring together these candidates running for the 109th Assembly District.”

Event details 

Location: The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, Albany, New York
Date: May 30, 2024
Entry Time: Doors open at 2:15 p.m. Attendees should arrive by 2:30 p.m. to ensure entry.
Broadcast Time: 3-4 p.m.

*Doors close for the live broadcast at 2:57 pm and no entry will be permitted after that point.

RSVP here: https://actions.nylcv.org/a/candidate-forum-ad-109

About the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) educates, engages and empowers New Yorkers to be effective advocates on behalf of the environment — from clean energy and funding for parks, to solid waste and green buildings. For more information, visit www.nylcvef.org.

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Stations and translators are in 29 locations throughout the region. WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International.

Extreme Flooding, Deadly Wildfires, and Climate Change

By Peter Aronson

With almost weekly weather events demonstrating that climate change is impacting our lives in a dangerous and sometimes life-threatening way, the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) is calling on our elected officials and everyday citizens to take action to cut greenhouse gasses.

On September 29, more rain fell in three hours in parts of New York City than normally falls in a month. Streets, cars and the city’s subway system were inundated by flooding. It was the rainiest September in the city since 1882 and it was a stark reminder that climate change is no longer a distant threat but a present-day reality. 

“This is the result of climate change,”said Rohit Aggarwala, commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. “Our climate is changing faster than our infrastructure can respond.” (The Independent, Reuters, The New York Times) . 

This summer was earth’s hottest since humans began keeping records in 1880. With a hotter planet, more moisture is held in the atmosphere, leading to more, and more intense, rainfall over a short period. This can overwhelm drainage systems, causing flash floods, like the ones we witnessed in New York City. Climate change amplifies the water cycle, making extreme precipitation events more frequent and severe.

The seemingly never ending series of wake-up calls are becoming more frequent and more dangerous. Take just the last several months. 

In June, much of the region was blanketed by unhealthy smoke from the historic Canadian wildfires, fueled in part by a heating planet. In July came the historic floods in Vermont and Hudson Valley, NY.  Then in August, Lahaina, on the island of Maui, HI, experienced the fifth deadliest wildfire in US history.  

Rising temperatures dry out forests, making them more susceptible to wildfires, and these fires release vast amounts of CO2 and particulate matter into the atmosphere, creating the smog that engulfed our region.

We are in the midst of a full blown climate emergency. Our elected officials need to enact policies that will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, transition the state to clean energy sources, and protect our natural environment if we are going to mitigate the worst impacts and ultimately stem the tide of climate change. 

And we need all individuals to adopt daily sustainable habits, such as recycling; composting; buying local; avoiding plastic containers; walking, biking or using public transportation when feasible. For a more complete list of sustainable habits, click here. We also encourage everyone to take action by writing to your elected officials to remind them, repeatedly if necessary, that reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is essential for our city, country and world.

We must all work together to solve this problem. There is no time to waste. 

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