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Vallone receives perfect environmental scorecard

The New York League of Conservation Voters has published its environmental scorecard for the City Council for 2014.

Eight members of the Queens delegation got perfect scores of 100 percent based on their sponsorship or support of nine environmental bills introduced before the council last year.

 Queens, with an average score of 86 among its members, was the highest-rated borough.

The average council score was 80, down from 92 a year ago.

The NYLCV’s three primary issues were:

  • last year’s plastic bag bill, which woulod impose a 10-cent charge on non-reuseable grocery bags;
  • the “80-by-50” initiative aimed at reducing city greenhouse gasses by 80 percent by the year 2050; and
  • a measure encouraging employers to have their workers enroll in a reduced-cost  mass transit program.

Other bills were aimed at overhauling the energy codes for buildings; the introduction of low-sulfur biodiesel fuels for all city ferries; new requirements for lighting at construction sites; mandating the use of mold-resistant drywall in certain rooms and geographic locations; new pre-construction engineering estimates for buildings with large heating and cooling systems; and the expansion of Bus Rapid Transit routes to all five boroughs.

In the Queens delegation, Council members Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) all received perfect scores.

See full story at Queens Chronicle.