New York League of Conservation Voters says Murphy’s record on the environment deserves another term

ALBANY, NY – The only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space has announced its support of State Senator Terrence Murphy.  Since arriving to the Senate in 2015, Murphy has been a leading voice in Albany on environmental issues facing the Hudson Valley including stopping the federal government’s proposal to allow long term parking of oil barges on the Hudson, saving Stuart’s Farm from development, and requiring testing for lead in school drinking water.

“We live in the most beautiful part of New York State and preserving our natural resources is just common sense,” Murphy said.  “The New York League of Conservations Voters has been a great partner in promoting initiatives that will benefit our environment for years to come.  We must all be stewards of the environment and strive to leave it in better condition for future generations.”

Senator Murphy has a long list of environmental accomplishments including leading a bipartisan effort to stop the federal government from building a gigantic seawall at the mouth of the Hudson River.  He also passed legislation that reclassified nearly two dozen local rivers and lakes as inland waterways to improve water quality and preserve open space while funding critical conservation projects such as the Croton Point Park grassland meadow restoration.

Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “Senator Terrence Murphy has been a dedicated voice for the environment throughout his career in the State Senate. He received an 85% on our 2018 State Environmental Scorecard, has secured funding for restoring public lands in Westchester, passed legislation to strengthen oversight of fuel barges and prevent oil spills in the Hudson River, and sponsored a bill to combat harmful algal blooms. We are proud to stand with Senator Murphy in his re-election for State Senate and we urge New Yorkers in District 40 to cast their ballot for him this fall.”

Senator Murphy’s environmental achievements for 2017-18 include:

  • Funded the EPF at record $300 million three years in a row and on record supporting the repayment of funds previously swept from the EPF.
  • Created the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Fund.
  • Delivered millions in funding for sewer infrastructure to the communities in norther Westchester and Putnam who need it the most.
  • Voted for the EPF Enhancement and Repayment Plan.
  • Opposed the bailout of LIPA using funds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
  • Supports “lock box” measures for MTA Capital Account, EPF, RGGI, Dingell-Johnson and Pittman-Robinson funds
  • Provided $1,000,000 funding to study harmful algal blooms in Putnam Lake and Mohegan Lake.
  • Secured and $100,000 for a weed harvester for the Mohegan Lake Improvement District to help combat invasive species.
  • Authored and passed legislation creating the first state level program in the nation to combat harmful algal blooms, modeled after the State’s successful invasive species program.
  • Secured the largest non-EPF conservation project in the state budget, which is the largest conservation project in the history of Westchester County for $500,000 to conduct a critical meadow restoration project at Croton Point Park.
  • Secured a state grant of almost $270,000 from DEC for the Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District to hire Little Bear Environmental Consulting as project manager for the Croton-Hydrilla Control Project.
  • Helped create the $2 million Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program, which provides funding to Land Trusts and farms specifically in our region to purchase conservation easements
  • Expand the program statewide, with $38 million in funding for preemptive purchase rights, the highest level of funding ever to accelerate protection of valuable and at-risk risk farmland, and expanded eligibility to municipalities, counties and soil water conservation districts in addition to land trusts.
  • Cosponsored and passed the Working Farmland Protection Act.
  • Provided other funding to Teatown for environmental education programs like Eagle Fest, which allowed for our beloved veterans to attend the event free of charge.
  • Awarded a $1.84 million grant to preserve Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs, the oldest working farm in Westchester.
  • Authored and passed a bill to transfer the endowment for the Rockefeller Park Preserve from the Comptroller to the Natural Heritage Trust, which is a state agency that has far more leeway and flexibility to invest and grow the endowment.
  • Before he passed away, we also worked with David Rockefeller to create an additional $4 million to establish a separate operating endowment for the Preserve.
  • Provided the Friends of Rockefeller State Preserve with a $35,000 grant to hire fundraising and social media specialists to raise funds to refurbish the roads around Swan Lake, including Brother’s Path.
  • Awarded Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct almost $48,000 to build their first Visitor and Education Center, in the Keeper’s House, a national historic landmark that had been kept empty.
  • Authored and passed more pieces of legislation than any other member of the legislature that expand the inland waterway program to enable municipalities within my district to pursue local waterfront revitalization plans and secure funding for flood mitigation and water quality projects for priority impaired waterbodies.
  • Secured funding for six local municipalities in my district support innovative micro grid projects.
  • Working on legislation to require proper tree trimming practices by our public utilities and hold them accountable when they fail to do the job.
  • Hosted the first press conference which brought together numerous local officials which launched the #banthebarges initiative and led to the formation of the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance.
  • Drove 10,000 comments into the public record, worked with the Pace Environmental Law Center to force the Coast Guard into performing the PAWSA and eventually helped defeat the measure once and for all.
  • Passed legislation to strengthen the state’s oversight of the use of fuel barges on the river and created barge avoidance zones.
  • Supported congestion pricing.
  • Worked to fund mass transit infrastructure and worked with the MTA to create additional shuttle service from locations like Vista so commuters no longer have to drive fifteen minutes to get a bus from Katonah.
  • Supporter of the Food Recovery and Recycling Act.
  • Helped secure $4 million in the final budget for municipalities and not-for-profit food banks for projects related to food donation and the recycling of food scraps.
  • Sponsored legislation ban the use of home heating oil number 4 and home heating oil number 6.
  • Raised the alarm on USACE proposal to construct massive offshore barriers, land-based floodwalls and a levee system which could permanently change the Hudson River and threaten its very existence with no public input from Hudson Valley residents.
  • Amended deal-manufacturer structure of state franchise law to be friendlier to Tesla
  • Cosponsor of the state transportation plan bill, which would require DOT to submit capital plans to the legislature to assure a transparent process.
  • Cosponsor of the bill to prohibit the use of chemical flame retardants in residential upholstered furniture.
  • Cosponsor of the bill to align state water saving performance standards with federal guidelines under the EPA’s WaterSense program.
  • Cosponsor of the bill prohibiting state authorizations for offshore oil and natural gas production in our coastal waterways and perhaps one day on all state-owned lands.
  • Cosponsored and passed the paint stewardship bill.
  • Voted for the legacy renewable energy bill, which will create a second tier of Renewable Portfolio standards.
  • Cosponsored and passed the bill lowering the legal definition of elevated blood lead level from greater than or equal to 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood to greater than or equal to 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood.
  • Cosponsored and passed legislation to require testing for lead in school drinking water so we do not end up with another Hoosick Falls on our hands.
  • Cosponsored and passed the new prescription drug take back law which will require drug manufacturers to operate drug take back programs approved by the Department of Health in order to safely dispose of unused medication.
  • Voted for solar-friendly pollinator law.