Environmental Advocates Action released its scorecard of 2022 last week, ranking lawmakers on their environmental voting records.
State Sen. Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, received a score of 47/100 and state Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, received 59/100. In the state Assembly, Plattsburgh Democrat Billy Jones received a 63/100 while Horicon Republican Matt Simpson received a 34/100. You can view the full scorecard here.
Election Day is around the corner, which also means voters will decide whether to authorize $4.2 billion in borrowing for environmental projects. It is the first time an environmental bond act has been on the ballot since 1996. In case you missed it, we looked at how the last bond act money was spent and what is left. Click here for a breakout of land conservation projects or check out our guide for voters, with an overview of the issues and links to our in-depth reporting on the 1996 bond act.
In other news: An insect that leaves a distinct mark on elm leaves is one of the newest terrestrial invasive species to be discovered in New York, but scientists are still determining what its impact will be on the trees.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation spotted the elm zigzag sawfly this summer while doing surveys in St. Lawrence County, just outside of the Adirondack Park. READ MORE
At top: Funding left from the 1996 environmental bond act may build a new fish ladder on the Imperial Mills Dam so salmon may spawn upriver of the structure. Anglers would like to see the dam removed. Photo by Benjamin Chambers
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