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Green freshmen legislators

Four freshmen Capital Region state legislators made the list of the new green representatives.

The New York State League of Conservation Voters has identified a baker's dozen of legislators that are committed to dealing with the hard-hitting environmental issues that will shape the state's future. The list includes freshmen Assembly members Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and John McDonald, D-Cohoes, and Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg.

"These thirteen senators and assembly members just took their seats in the state Legislature for the very first time," the NYLCV posted in a press release. "They have strong environmental credentials and concrete plans to help make our state a green leader."

The full list of legislators are available below.

"Working in conjunction with the leadership in both houses and in both political parties, these up-and-upcoming leaders promise to be a significant force for clean air, safe drinking water, renewable energy and community resilience across the state," the NYLCV wrote.

In her questionnaire response to the NYLCV, Tkaczyk said, “As the operator of a small farm in an agricultural community, I understand the necessity of a fully funded Environmental Protection Fund charged with safeguarding natural resources such as clean air and water.”

The NYLCV noted that Santabarbara has a good record on environmental initiatives, including sponsoring a “Dump the Pump Day.”

In his questionnaire, he wrote, “I support reforming the Brownfield Cleanup Act to maintain the current level of tax credits, to limiting the development credit recipients to those who demonstrate an economic need for them, to include new criteria that would encourage the revitalization of abandoned commercial sites in communities throughout the state, and to expand the program to add bonuses for developments that follow smart growth principles and are consistent with Brownfield Opportunity Area plans."

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