Martha Robertson has recently been endorsed by The League of Conservation Voters, a national organization dedicated to educate the public about important environment legislation.
Robertson was one of seven non-incumbents nation-wide, and the only non-incumbent from New York, that they chose to support. They applauded her successful leadership as a legislator and the Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature in the following areas:
- practical local policies
- smart growth
- public traffic
- sustainability economic development
- clean energy
“Martha Robertson works hard to improve the lives of New Yorkers by fighting to protect public health and preserve our environment for future generations,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “She supports moving America towards a clean energy economy and implementing energy efficient technologies that will save consumers money, help combat climate change and create good paying jobs.”
Robertson often recalls her childhood experiences working in her parents’ Nursery and her respect for the need to protect our environment. According to the LCV, “Robertson understands that we can and must protect our environment with smart conservation policies while growing our economy. She will also advocate for commonsense solutions that tackle climate disruption, reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels as well as create clean energy jobs in New York and across the country.”
Martha said that she was “thrilled to have the endorsement and support of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, and their supporters across the 23rd District and all of New York State. As a long-time advocate for environmental sustainability and good quality jobs, I know that protecting our environment for future generations is a key to growing our economy. We can improve the lives of the working families of the Finger Lakes, Western New York and the Southern Tier, with smart investments that lead the way in job creation and safeguard our natural resources at the same time.”
Besides her work as on the Tompkins County Legislature, Robertson was one of the founders of “Elected Officials to Protect New York”, an organization of over 800 non-partisan members who are committed to protecting New York State. In June of 2012 they sent a letter to Governor Cuomo that urges him to “maintain the de facto moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling in New York State until analyses have thoroughly and properly evaluated the potential health, economic, and cumulative environmental impacts on local communities.” You can go to their website to read the full letter.
You can hear Martha speak about her concerns with hydrofracking through her many Youtube Videos. Here are two that are particularly informative:
In 2011, well before she became a candidate for our congressional representative, Martha was involved with analyzing the NY DEC State Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on the affects of Hydrofracting. You will hear her style of explaining the SGEIS and effectively informing the public how, and why it was important to comment to the DEC.
In April 2014 Martha explained her concerns about the hydrofracking in our district at a meeting in Dunkirk. She compared her stands with our current congressman’s and added information about him from the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). She touches on her work with the Elected Officials to Protect New York, and explains her vision of “clean energy” industries operating in the NY 23rd.
The League of Conservation Voters didn’t chose to endorse Martha just because she is running against an incumbent with a 7% pro-conservation voting record. They saw that Martha has embraced the challenges involved with solving the problems associated with conservation in the 21st Century. They realize that her work has improved conditions in and around Tompkins County. When she gets to Washington her knowledge and skills will be used to advance their important mission.
The League of Conservation Voters’s endorsement not only gets Martha’s name nationally recognized as a strong leader in the Conservation movement, they are promoting their members to donate to Martha’s campaign.