Each year, NYLCVEF works with local partners to hold nonpartisan candidate forums in and outside of our chapter areas. These forums connect voters to elected officials and candidates for office in federal, state and local races and give voters the chance to hear candidates speak directly about their position on environmental issues, a topic that is all too often missing from traditional debates. These forums not only educate voters but they also motivate candidates to add environmental protection to their platforms, promises which we hold them accountable to once elected.
On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, NYLCVEF held an environmental candidate forum for candidates running to represent New York’s fourth congressional district in the House of Representatives. It was held at Hofstra University and was the first in-person forum NYLCVEF has held since before the start of the pandemic.
NYLCVEF was joined by candidates Laura Gillen, Kevin Shakil-Mendez, Carrie Solages and Keith Corbett. The forum was moderated by NYLCV and NYLCVEF President, Julie Tighe.
Candidates opened up the forum by giving an opening statement and then were asked questions about their stance on current federal environmental policies, local environmental issues, and how they will prioritize the environment if elected. Question topics included offshore wind, contaminated drinking water, electric vehicles and clean transportation, sea level rise and coastal resiliency, waste management, infrastructure, and addressing climate justice.
Candidates then closed out the forum by giving a closing statement.
Thank you to the candidates who participated and to event attendees. If you were unable to attend the event, checkout the recording here.
NYLCVEF plans to hold more forums in May for Candidates running for Congressional Districts 1 and 3. Stay tuned for more info!