Nassau and Huntington Candidate Forums in October 2017

October 20, 2017

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 audience members that revealed the importance of the environment in Nassau County and Huntington.

On 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.

Curran and Martins both stressed the need of an expedited pipe from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant to restore the shellfish and marshlands of Nassau County as well as the need to clean up contaminated groundwater from old Navy Manufacturing sites.

A full video can be watched here. The event was covered by Newsday and News & Photo Features.

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.

Both candidates showed great concern for the environment of the town through their answers. Lupinacci discussed how state incentives should exist for schools and residents if they decide to use solar energy, and Edwards discussed the need to decrease food and clothing waste and implement innovative strategies to help the environment of Huntington.

Our livestream of the event can be watched on our Facebook page: part 1, part 2, part 3.

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan and educational organization, the NYLCV Education Fund does not make endorsements in political races. Our goal with these forum was to educate Nassau County and Huntington residents about environmental issues and elevate the public dialogue around sustainability.

We would like to extend our thanks to our partners: Adelphi University, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Green Inside and Out, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and Vision Long Island.

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