Congressional Candidate Forum in Hudson Valley with Gibson and Eldgridge
October 11, 2014
Hundreds of Hudson Valley residents came out to SUNY New Paltz on October 1st to hear from the Congressional candidates in District 19. Both candidates – incumbent Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge – spoke about the important environmental issues facing the region.
This important forum, co-hosted by NYLCVEF and SUNY New Paltz Center for Research, Regional Engagement and Outreach, attracted voters from all over the area. Each candidate appeared separately, highlighting the environmental topics they found most important.
U.S. Rep. Gibson and Sean Eldridge discussed a range of environmental concerns including climate change, clean water and energy.
Congressman Gibson focused on farming in the region as well as local land conservation.
Sean Eldridge also highlighted farming in the region and spoke about getting younger people interested and attracted to farming through incentives by the federal government.
Other topics covered during the forum included major concerns like included transit-oriented development, renewable energy, hydrofracking and much more.
The candidates took questions from a panel of environmental experts, including representatives from Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, and local reporter Allison Dunne from WAMC. The host of the forum was SUNY New Paltz’s Dr. Gerald Benjamin.
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan and educational organization, the NYLCV Education Fund does not make endorsements in political races. Our goal with this forum is to educate residents about environmental issues and elevate the public dialogue around sustainability.
Special thanks to our media sponsor WAMC/ Northeast Public Radio as well as our partner organizations.
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