Peter Vallone For Governor – A Superb Environmentalist

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Peter Vallone For Governor

A Superb Environmentalist

By Daniel Van Riper

It shouldn’t be a secret. Peter Vallone, Democratic candidate for
Governor of New York State, has an outstanding environmental record
and deserves to be our next Governor. Sure, he’s from downstate,
but his vision is clearly statewide. Here are some main points from
Mr. Vallone’s 13 page response to the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Political Committee Environmental Questionaire. After he is elected
Governor, Mr. Vallone plans to do the following:

1) Fight for the passage of the Private Environmental Law
Enforcement Act (S.2981/A.1620) which would empower and protect
citizens bringing suits to enforce environmental laws. A big plus
for Save the Pine Bush.

2) Fully fund the Environmental Protection Fund and ensure that
it is used exclusively for open space preservation and solid waste
projects. No funds will be diverted to other agencies, like the
current regime is doing.

3) Appoint an environmentalist as Department of Transportation

4) Fight to make General Electric clean up PCB’s in the Hudson.

5) Support the plan developed by conservation groups to add
350,000 acres to Adirondack Park through purchase or easements.

6) Re-fund the State Superfund and expand it.

7) Support the Transportation Efficiency Act, which requires the
DOT to consider mass transit before funding new highways.

“My highest environmental priority as Governor,” writes Mr.
Vallone, “will be to re-establish the state’s environmental
enforcement apparatus and protect New York State from polluters. How
vigorous will I be? If I’m elected Governor, after four years of me,
the polluters will be trying to get me out of office, not re-elect

His record on the New York City Council is terrific. He sponsored
and pushed through the 1989 recycling law, which calls for 50%
recycling of the city’s waste stream, although the last 3 mayors have
found ways to avoid the law’s mandates. He is an enemy of burn
plants, and has shut down thousands in the city. He pushed for and
got passed a 1991 law that requires 80% of non-emergency city
vehicles be powered by alternative fuels.

Mr. Vallone is a firm believer in the State Environmental Quality
Review Act (SEQRA) which is more good news for Save the Pine Bush. He writes, “As we know, state agencies will try to avoid SEQRA, and
accede to performing the requisite assesments only after being
‘caught’ by an environmental watchdog. This is wrong and will not
happen in a Vallone administration.”

Why haven’t we heard about Peter Vallone’s environmental record? The media blackout on the Gubernatorial and Senate races is mostly to
blame, particularly shameful is how the Hearst-owned Times Union has
proven to be little more than a daily advertisement for Pataki and
his party. But also, we have been informed that Mr. Vallone has
recieved some bad advice (perhaps sabotage?) from some big time
pollsters who have advised him that the public does not care about
environmental issues! We certainly hope that misconception changes

Clearly, the person who currently occupies the Governor’s office,
Pataki, has a dismal environmental record, despite his big-money ad
campaign to the contrary. Environmental enforcement is off more than
50%. Land acquisition has been limited to massive corporate
give-aways of tax dollars. The Environmental Bond Act has, as we
predicted, turned into a shameful boondoggle, but it sure has funded
a lot of marinas around Poughkeepsie and Kingston.

We need this guy. Let’s make Peter Vallone our Governor.

published Oct/Nov 98 Newsletter

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