“It appears their scores are also based on the bills that were not submitted for a vote, and I’m not sure how rank-and-file members are held accountable for the action, or lack of action, by leadership.”
Timothy Carpenter, a Democrat who is challenging Duprey in the 115th District race this year, said the EPL report was alarming.
“I think it is sad that there are such poor scores for people (legislators) who live here,” he said.
“I love the environment, and that is one of the reasons why people live here. We have to protect it.”
Carpenter said he understands that many of the bills in question may be complicated when it comes to protecting the environment.
“But the bottom line is we have to protect it,” he said.
He noted that Democrats in Albany had an overall better record, with a score of 89 to just 49 for Republicans.
“That’s another reason why we need to elect a Democrat,” he said, referring to the majority in the Assembly.
Karen Bisso, who is also running in the 115th District as a Conservative Party candidate, said EPL is a liberal environmental group. She also said Republican legislators got low marks for supporting agriculture, motorized vehicles and outdoor wood boilers.
“This is just another eco group trying to push, ‘the Republicans are for dirty air and water’ agenda,” said Bisso, who lost a Republican primary last month to Duprey.
“Frankly, I cherish the idea of being able to come into a warm house heated by wood, after a hard day of ATVing and have a nice steak from one of our local farms.”
VOTE ON MERITS
Sen. Little, who is running unopposed, said she was not too concerned with getting the lowest score.
“I vote on legislation based on the merits, not on a rating system and with consideration of a scorecard,” she said.