ELP/Environmental Advocates — a non-profit organization that advocates for New York’s lawmakers to vote on bills and enact legislation to protect the environment — has released their 2018 New York State Environmental Scorecard, and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is near the head of the class.
According to ELP/Environmental Advocates, during the 2018 session Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, voted “correctly” on 12 of 15 heavily weighted environmental bills, which was calculated by the group to be a 2018 score of 95 — up from Addabbo’s 2017 score of 82.
ELP/Environmental Advocates scores each environmental bill that comes to the Senate and Assembly floors on how much of a positive or negative impact it will have on the environment. In 2018, there were 11 bills that ELP/Environmental Advocates highlighted as being beneficial to New York’s environment, while four bills would have a negative impact on the state.
Addabbo said he takes the geographic location of his district and its environmental issues into consideration when voting on related bills. The Senator also mentioned that in addition to the legislative actions taken by the state to address environmental concerns, the events he sponsors in the district, such as recycling and rain barrel events, matter too.
“It is an honor to be recognized by ELP/Environmental Advocates for my work voting on bills that will positively affect New York State’s environment,” Addabbo said. “I take pride in my record on sponsoring and voting on bills that will protect our environment, and plan on continuing to do that when session picks up again in January.”