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Environmental group: Amedore has worst record in Senate

Environmental group: Amedore has worst record in Senate

Overall, Environmental Advocates considers the legislative session successful
Environmental group: Amedore has worst record in Senate
Sen. George Amedore Jr., R-Rotterdam, enters the 2016 State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.
Photographer: GAZETTE FILE PHOTOGRAPH

ALBANY

Capital Region state Sen. George A. Amedore Jr. has the worst record on environmental issues in the state Senate, according to annual ratings released Tuesday by the advocacy group Environmental Advocates.

The organization, which rated all members of the state Legislature on their voting records, gave Amedore its Oil Slick Award, with a rating of only 49, out of 100, on the environmental bills that mattered to the group.

"Senator Amedore boasts a record of indifference to the well-being of his constituents and a healthy environment," Environmental Advocates said in releasing the annual ratings for the 2019 legislative session.

Amedore, R-Rotterdam, has represented the 46th Senate District since 2015, and has received low ratings from Environmental Advocates in the past. He represents a district that stretches from Montgomery County to the Kingston area, including parts of the northern Catskills.

Among other Capital Region legislators, the group gave Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Albany, a 100 percent rating; Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon, a 49 rating; and Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, a 68 rating.

In the Assembly: Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, 94; John T. McDonald III, D-Cohoes, 94; Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, 94; Robert Smullen, R-Meco, 73; Philip Steck, D-Colonie, 100; Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, 52; Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ballston, 68; Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, 88.

Environmental Advocates cited Amedore's votes against a climate change action bill, an environmental rights bill, against blocking offshore oil and gas drilling in New York waters, against toxics-free packaging and against phasing out the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Amedore prides himself on opposing what he sees as burdensome government regulations. His office did not respond to a request for comment.

With the Senate under Democratic control for their first time in two decades, the Legislature this year passed a number of bills previously blocked when Republicans controlled the Senate, Environmental Advocates noted.

Overall, Environmental Advocates considers the 2019 legislative session the most successful in years, with environmental bills winning Senate approval and being signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Having them partner with an Assembly -- that had long been carrying the environmental torch -- made several pieces of game-changing legislation possible," said Environmental Advocates Executive Director Peter Iwanowitz. "New Yorkers will live longer lives because of bills that were passed this year and signed into law by Governor Cuomo.”

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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