North Country legislators get poor ‘green’ marks
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer (email@example.com) ,
Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Most North Country lawmakers received poor grades in an annual report card issued this week by one of the state's top environmental groups.
The report card, issued by EPL/Environmental Advocates on Wednesday, grades lawmakers on their legislative commitment to the environment. The scores are meant to serve as an environmental voter guide, according to Robert Moore, the group's executive director.
"This year's green Voters' Guide documents state leaders' steps forward - and attempts to roll back - New York's environmental protections," he said in a prepared statement.
The three legislators representing the Tri-Lakes region received "failing" grades. State Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, received a 55, while Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, and Janet Duprey, R-Peru, received scores of 50 and 48, respectively.
"The biggest challenge we face today in New York is reviving a stagnant economy that has affected every sector," Little responded. "Sometimes I vote against bills that have good intentions but are costly or onerous to comply with and hurt businesses that are struggling to survive."
Assemblywoman Addie Russell, D-Watertown, was the only lawmaker from the North Country to score higher than 55, receiving a 95.
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