Assemblyman George Latimer received “special recognition” in a voter’s guide released by an Albany-based environmental guide today, which lauded him for sponsoring a bill that would sweep unclaimed bottle deposit funds into the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.
Latimer, a Rye Democrat, was one of two Assembly Democrats to be specifically recognized by EPL/Environmental Advocates, a group that produces the report card each year. But the group declined to hand out its annual “Legislator of the Year” reward, citing a “largely unremarkable and unproductive legislative session.”
“We saw scores fall across the board for each of the legislative conferences based on a variety of factors, including the lack of action on bills most critical to our environmental health, as well as an increase in the passage of bills that actually do harm to New York’s environment,” executive director Rob Moore said.
The group gave kudos to Latimer for his bottle deposit bill. The Legislature ended up passing a similar bill to Latimer’s as part of a compromise, and it currently is awaiting approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Latimer, of course, is running in a tight race against Republican Bob Cohen for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck.
Here’s video of Moore discussing Latimer at a press conference in the capital earlier today. The voter’s guide can be found below.