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Castelli Lauded for Environmental Record

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. - State Assembly member Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) has been praised in an annual report Thursday for his record on environmental legislation. Castelli represents the 89th assembly district, which includes Pound Ridge.

The statewide group EPL/Environmental Advocates released its report card of state legislators Thursday and Castelli received one of the highest environmental scores in the state legislature.

Castelli received a score of 101 out of a possible 105, the highest score of any Republican in either house, in the only scorecard that grades New York State lawmakers according to their votes on bills that could help or harm our air, land and water.

“I am honored to receive one of the highest ratings from EPL/Environmental Advocates, in recognition of my continued fight for conservation and the protection of our environment,” Castelli said. “My constituents have long been at the forefront of the environmental movement, and I am honored to represent their interests.”

In the assembly, Castelli cosponsored and passed four of the environmental community’s five “Super Bills” in 2011. The Senate took up two of the priority bills and both were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Water Resources Protection Act will protect state waters from wasteful water withdrawals. The Complete Streets law requires that transportation projects eligible for state and federal funding consider features that encourage walking, biking and public transit, thus reducing pollution.

In the report, senate Republicans received an average score of 57, while Democrats received an average score of 83. In the assembly, Republicans scored 62 on average, while their Democratic colleagues scored 101.

Castelli said he believes that protecting the environment can be good for businesses throughout the state.

“I believe that we can achieve both a healthy and sustainable future for our environment while creating eco-sensitive jobs to make our efforts a win-win for both the business and the environmental community alike,” Castelli said.

EPL/Environmental Advocates was formed in 1969 as one of the first organizations in the nation to advocate for the future of a state’s environment and the health of its citizens. Through lobbying, advocacy, coalition building, citizen education and policy development, the group has assured that environmental laws are being enforced, that tough new measures are enacted when necessary and that the public is informed of, and participates in, important environmental policy debates.

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