This page covers New York congressional candidates from districts 1-10 in the general election. To return to our main page on New York, click here.
Lee Zeldin (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Weak
Your current representative supports the Keystone XL pipeline, and also supports funding renewable energy developments. He shows a lot of support on his campaign website, particularly with flood protections and EPA funding, but his voting record with LCV shows that he hasn’t supported environmental legislation very much and has a lifetime score of only 10% (source).
Perry Gershon (D) – Rank: Good
Perry addresses the need to protect your district’s coasts from erosion and rising sea levels. He disagrees with the administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and urges a need to protect the district’s water and ecosystems. He also calls for a more responsible EPA that works to protect the country’s land, water, and air.
Kate Browning (Women’s Equality Party) – Rank: Good
Kate has some experience under her belt. She has preserved green spaces and farmland right in District 1 and helped push for the reconstruction of the wastewater infrastructure. She is concerned with protecting the environment, farmland, the district’s coasts, and your clean air and water.
Patricia Latzman (Working Families Party) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Patricia’s sustainable platform.
Our primary pick: Liuba Grechen Shirley – Rank: Strong
- Worked with United Nations Foundation
- Founded New York’s 2nd District Democrats
Liuba is a great pick, hands down. She addresses the need for immediate action to combat climate change effects, especially for coastal areas in your district. The rise of sea levels and flooding will soon affect flood insurance (if it hasn’t already). So, she is aware of the economic issues climate change causes for you, not just the dangerous ones (like a repeat of Hurricane Sandy).
To prevent such disasters, Liuba supports investing in clean energy, cutting back on our use of fossil fuels, and making sure that the EPA is adequately funded and strong enough to protect water, air, land, etc. She also recognizes the need for water quality improvements, which includes reducing nitrogen pollution and cleaning up current contaminations in your groundwater.
Peter King (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Weak
Peter supports Keystone XL pipeline and opposes regulating greenhouse gas emissions. He does support funding renewable energy though (source).
DuWayne Gregory (Independence Party) – Rank: Strong
DuWayne opposes the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and believes our country should be working hard to stop the effects of climate change. This is especially important for New York, as much of your state includes coastal communities, which would (and have already) face brutal effects. He supports investing in renewable energy, protecting air and water, and ensuring that low-income communities are not disproportionately affected by pollution.
Our primary pick: Tom Suozzi – Rank: Strong
- Mayor of Glen Cove, NY 1994-2001
- Incumbent since 2017
Tom is awesome, and even the EPA thinks so! (Like, the EPA from the 00s.) They gave him the 2009 Environmental Quality Award from, and he was honored as the 2008 New York Environmentalist of the Year by the League of Conservation Voters. How did he get these great recognitions? As mayor, he secured $150 million in an environmental bond to preserve Long Island Sound and organized several clean-up projects, one of which included demolition of pollutant incinerators. He is also a co-sponsor of Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which gets the country running on 80% clean energy by 2027. If elected, Tom promises to keep fighting the green fight by supporting energy independence with clean energy policies and production.
Dan DeBono (R) – Rank: Strong
Dan condemns climate change deniers on his website and fully supports the push for renewable energy (with tax incentives) and moving away from fossil fuels. He also supports the production of more energy-efficient and electric automobiles to help with carbon emission reduction by incentivizing the American Tesla network. Dan is quite concerned with water, both clean drinking water and clean water for habitats and delicate ecosystems. He wants to address the hazards runoff pollution can cause for both water sources. And to put an immediate stop to carbon pollution, he wants to push for a tax on businesses that do not have a comprehensive plan for carbon reduction.
Kathleen Rice – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 2015
Kathleen believes New York–your district specifically–should be benefiting from clean energy (like wind and solar). She sees the investments in renewable energy as a way to become less dependent on fossil fuels and one of the many ways we can combat climate change, which is why she’s a co-sponsor of the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act. This plan makes 80% of our energy clean energy by 2027. Kathleen also wants to limit our greenhouse gas emissions, stating that we as a country should be concerned with the consequences (which specifically for your district, are rising sea levels) (source).
Ameer Benno (R) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Ameer’s sustainable platform.
Our primary pick: Gregory Meeks – Rank: Good
- Incumbent since 1998
Gregory voted against the Keystone XL pipeline, which is great. He also supports funding renewable energy developments (source). Gregory believes this will help create new jobs while helping reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
Our primary pick: Grace Meng – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 2012
Grace finds the transition to renewable energy as “essential” when it comes to protecting the environment and national security. She also supported a bill that would’ve temporarily banned fracking in New York along with voting against Keystone XL (source). Lastly, she is a co-sponsor of the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which will greatly decrease our consumption of fossil-fuel-generated energy.
Tom Hillgardner (Green) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Tom’s sustainable platform.
Our primary pick: Nydia Velazquez – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 1992
In 2016, Nydia completed a political courage test, which tells us a few things. One, she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline. Two, she supports federal funding of renewable resource developments and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (source). All great things. She also supports the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which pushes for a significant switch to clean energy for our country.
Joseph Lieberman (Conservative Party) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Joseph’s sustainable platform.
Jeffrey Kurzon (Reform Party) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Jeffrey’s sustainable platform.
His campaign site and Representative site don’t talk too much about environmental/energy issues, but he did vote against the Keystone XL pipeline (source). He also supports the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which will get our country running on more clean energy. He also has a high LCV score of 96% (source).
Ernest Johnson (Conservative Party) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Ernest’s sustainable platform.
Jessica White (Reform Party) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Jessica’s sustainable platform.
Our primary pick: Yvette Clarke – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 2006
- Committee on Homeland Security
Yvette has done some work for the environment already. For one, she supports the Clean Power Plan, a bill that would significantly reduce our carbon emissions. Doing so will help combat climate change and reduce its effects, along with converting to renewable energy sources and reducing our reliance on oil. She supported the Paris Climate Agreement and legislation protecting the nation’s water. Yvette has also helped secure funds for restoring contaminated sites and voted against the Keystone XL pipeline (source). Plus, Yvette is yet another supporter of the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act.
Lutchi Gayot (R) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Lutchi’s sustainable platform.
Joel Anabilah-Azumah (Independent) – Rank: Weak
Joel says that we should invest in rebuilding water infrastructure systems to ensure clean drinking water, but says not much more about environmental topics.
Our primary pick: Jerrold Nadler – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 1992
So Jerrold took a political courage test in 2016 and responded to a few questions. What does this tell us? It says that he supports funding renewable energy (which he’s voted in support of) and supports stricter fracking regulations. Jerrold also voted in favor of a cap and trade bill, which aims to reduce our carbon emissions, and he is a co-sponsor of the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which would significantly increase our country’s consumption of clean energy sources by 2027 (source). To top it off, he opposes the Keystone XL pipeline (source).
Naomi Levin (R) – Rank: Unknown
We could not find information regarding Naomi’s sustainable platform.
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