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NYS Dems: Hochul Beats Zeldin On Climate Change Issues

July 7, 2022

Statement From New York State Democrat Chair Jay Jacobs:

This week, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package that will strengthen New York’s commitment to clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, further cementing New York as a national leader on climate action.

Meanwhile, her opponent, GOP candidate Lee Zeldin, has one of the worst environmental records in Congress. Zeldin has consistently sided with climate deniers — and has even downplayed the effects of climate change himself — in order to appeal to his base, and his actions have proven dangerous to New Yorkers and the state’s climate goals:
• Voted against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package which designated $555 billion to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

• Refused to sign a letter urging former President Donald Trump to not abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, which united countries to fight global warming, and voted to prohibit the U.S. from contributing to the agreement.
• Ignored the fact that Suffolk County, which he represented, was rated to have some of the worst air quality in New York and voted to end Clean Air Act standards.
“With the Supreme Court putting our nation’s climate goals in danger, New York cannot afford a far-right extremist like Lee Zeldin, who will roll back countless environmental victories and endanger generations of New Yorkers to score political points,” said Chairman Jay S. Jacobs. “Governor Hochul is the right choice for New York and continues to be a national leader in our fight against climate change by creating good-paying jobs, reducing emissions, and creating a green economy.”