Queens Borough President Candidates Discuss Sustainability

July 11, 2013

Scores of Queens residents turned out in Jackson Heights on Monday for the first-ever Queens Borough President Forum on Sustainability. Five candidates, including Tony Arcabascio, Tony Avella, Leroy G. Comrie, Melinda R. Katz and Peter F. Vallone, Jr. spoke.

The event was a rousing success, and was co-hosted by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. The forum was moderated by JHBG’s Edwin Westley and NYLCVEF President Marcia Bystryn.

Queens currently faces a number of unique environmental challenges-particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The next borough president has the potential to play a critical role in making the borough a sustainability leader.

All of the major candidates came to share their beliefs on these important challenges, and welcomed questions from audience members. A wide variety of sustainability issues were discussed-including transportation, green jobs, solid waste management, parks funding, climate change and more.

One item of discussion, the planned CitiField mall, was covered in the NY Daily News.

You can view our photo gallery from the event here .

The forum was just the latest step in NYLCVEF’s ongoing campaign to elevate the dialogue around sustainability issues in New York City, both in the current election cycle and in the long term. We look forward to hosting additional forums in all five boroughs throughout the summer.

We would also like to thank our many partner organizations from throughout the borough for their participation and support.

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