Candidates Discuss Sustainability At District 31 Forum

July 18, 2013

Scores of Southeast Queens residents came to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Rosedale on July 11, 2013 for a City Council candidate forum on sustainability. The candidates running for District 31 who were in attendance included Herbert Binger, Michael Duncan, Scherie Murray and incumbent Councilman Donovan Richards.

The forum was co-hosted by the Eastern Queens Alliance, a prominent civic umbrella group in the borough. EQA chairperson Barbara Brown and NYLCVEF President Marcia Bystryn moderated the lively exchange.

District 31 faces critical choices on a range of sustainability issues in the 2013 municipal elections. The district includes Far Rockaway and many parts of the Jamaica Bay floodplain, areas still struggling to rebound from the effects Hurricane Sandy.

Other sustainability issues that face the district are the sparse public transportation options, air, water and noise pollution created by John F. Kennedy International Airport, and the protection of Idlewild Park from illegal dumpers.

The candidates highlighted their personal and professional experience with the issues and outlined their strategy for a more sustainable and healthy future.

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