Conservation Group Endorses Martha Robertson

marthaMartha 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
  • recycling
  • 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. 

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Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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12 Responses to Conservation Group Endorses Martha Robertson

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    I would like to see Martha Robertson claiming this endorsement for the big deal it is. The majority of NY 23rd constituents do not want our environment polluted with industrial waste.

  2. josephurban says:

    I am surprised that Reed’s percentage is so high.

  3. Henry Kramer says:

    Pystew wants to hear from all sides, so here is another view. His article isn’t a news article but reads like a campaign piece or press release from the Robertson campaign. Martha Robertson is an emotional environmental activist and her policies mean fewer jobs for the western southern tier. She plies us with gibberish about how her job restricting policies increase jobs while the reality is they block many good, high paying jobs from our area. She pretends at once to be concerned with the economy and jobs but at the same time she even fought her own party’s governor Cuomo because he isn’t environmental enough for her on energy development. She is firmly opposed to bringing energy jobs to the western southern tier while according to the Tompkins County Assessor’s records she heats her home with fossil fuel and remained silent when political powerhouse Cornell University switched to natural gas. Of course she is endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, unfortunately there is one thing her policies conserve, unemployment/underemployment.

  4. whungerford says:

    Martha Robertson is an emotional environmental activist–what, emotional rather than practical? I think not. Is this a hint that Martha is a woman?
    her policies mean fewer jobs for the western southern tier–the idea that only fossil fuel fired enterprise creates jobs is nonsense.
    her job restricting policies increase jobs while the reality is they block many good, high paying jobs from our area–both may be true: at the cost of some temporary jobs more long term jobs may be created.
    She pretends at once to be concerned with the economy and jobs but at the same time she even fought her own party’s governor Cuomo because he isn’t environmental enough for her on energy development–an irrelevant attempt to smear Martha, Cuomo, or both.
    She is firmly opposed to bringing energy jobs to the western southern tier–a lie.
    while according to the Tompkins County Assessor’s records she heats her home with fossil fuel and remained silent when political powerhouse Cornell University switched to natural gas.–more irrelevancy.
    Of course she is endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, unfortunately there is one thing her policies conserve, unemployment/underemployment–no, not those, but of course, our environment.

  5. whungerford says:

    Tom Reed poses as an outdoorsman, but shows little if any concern for conservation.
    https://newny23rd.com/2014/02/08/sportsmens-heritage-and-recreational-enhancement-share-act/

  6. josephurban says:

    Talk about “gibberish”…Job reducing policies?…Cuomo isn’t environmental enough?….opposes bringing energy jobs?…A whole lot of general gibberish….Understand that land conservation, alternative energy production and overall environmental quality does bring jobs. And attracts people. The issue is do we want jobs that destroy the environment for our kids or jobs that increase the sustainability of the area? You can have job growth and protect the environment. It is “gibberish” to suggest the two are incompatible.

  7. whungerford says:

    Henry Kramer is a Republican Party official. Nevertheless, it is astonishing that anyone can criticize an article on conservation without mentioning any need for conservation or environmental protection.

  8. Deb Meeker says:

    “Pystew wants to hear from all sides, so here is another view. His article isn’t a news article but reads like a campaign piece or press release from the Robertson campaign”

    ***The truth can often come off as false, or hyperbole when it not in the best interest of your candidate, Mr. Kramer. Mr. Reed better take his lumps on the facts about this one. His voting record is available to the public.

    . “Martha Robertson is an emotional environmental activist and her policies mean fewer jobs for the western southern tier.”

    ***Oh, where do I start with this one –
    Will you be needing a note from her doctor that she’s most likely through with all those “emotional years”? Are you (as is Tom Reed) really that out of touch with women to know – that Martha Robertson’s strengths do not come because of or in spite of her gender – they come from walking her talk and integrity. These two characteristics Mr. Reed has chosen to abandon, along with his constituency.

    “She plies us with gibberish about how her job restricting policies increase jobs while the reality is they block many good, high paying jobs from our area.”

    *** Hmmm, “plies us” – you mean like “plies us with liquor? her charms? her Wiley Ways?
    Again Mr. Kramer it appears even your dog-whistles are very outdated.
    And then, if you could bring yourself to notice – Mrs Robertson’s words have matched her political goals and actualities in the fact that Tompkins County enjoys a low 4% unemployment. Mr. Reed’s two terms of “fighting for high paying jobs in our area” has culminated in zero improvement for the Southern and Western parts of NY 23rd district. Of course – that fact doesn’t prevent him from attempting to taking credit for the work others have tried to do to that end.

    “She pretends at once to be concerned with the economy and jobs but at the same time she even fought her own party’s governor Cuomo because he isn’t environmental enough for her on energy development.”

    *** So here you suggest “she’s pretending” while in actuality standing up for what she believes…
    I can see why her consistency would confuse you – we are all quite used to Tom Reed saying one thing and doing the opposite.

    “She is firmly opposed to bringing energy jobs to the western southern tier”

    *** What she is firmly for is – providing constituent support – when the people in her district have made it clear, they do not want the Tom Reed Frack Train running through their lands. Again, it may be hard for you to understand – that’s what real representatives do – represent.

    “while according to the Tompkins County Assessor’s records she heats her home with fossil fuel and remained silent when political powerhouse Cornell University switched to natural gas.”

    *** Are you and Tom Reed really that desperate you need to dig through Mrs. Robertson’s assessment records to find anything to complain about, or did you stumble across this huge discovery while going over Mr. Reed’s many properties in order to be sure he could remember, just how many he has? I’m sure since Mr. Reed visited a solar panel manufacturing business in NY 23rd – he has now switched his two family homes to this type of green energy?

    “Of course she is endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, unfortunately there is one thing her policies conserve, unemployment/underemployment.”

    *** Yet another miss-step, Mr. Kramer – to assume this League of Conservation Voters endorsement was anything but earned.
    But since you seem to believe that endorsements are just handed out without merit – should we assume that’s the case for Mr. Reed’s National Association of Realtors, and major health insurer’s accolades?

  9. pystew says:

    Martha is proud of what she has accomplished on the Tompkins County Legislature, and is receiving recognition for it. Can anyone tell us what Rep. Reed accomplished in his two year term as Mayor of Corning?

  10. Anne says:

    ….says the well-known GOP mouthpiece.

  11. Anne says:

    I remember reading somewhere that he procured for himself a fat federal grant which he then used to rehab some property he owned in Bath.

  12. pystew says:

    Congratulations to Martha Robertson for being endorsed by the Sierra Club. Go to the site, click on NY to see all the Pro-Conservation candidates in our state they endorsed.

    http://content.sierraclub.org/voterguide/

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