2013-11-01 / Top Stories

Enviros To Mayor Hopefuls: Show Us Your Post-Sandy Plan

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) has launched a campaign to educate New York City mayoral candidates about the need to plan for a changing climate.

The NYLCVEF says the next mayor must take immediate steps to make infrastructure and communities more resilient to changing weather patterns and rising seas.

Kicking off with a petition drive at www.showustheplan.org, NYLCVEF’s campaign urges the mayoral candidates to act now – before the election – by clearly articulating their vision and engaging in a dialogue with Rockaway residents about this critical issue. The petition also asks candidates to pledge that they will make climate resiliency, infrastructure investments and longterm planning high priorities for their administration.

“Rockaway residents need to know that the future of our community – our homes, infrastructure and economy – is a top priority for the next mayor,” said New York League of Conservation

Voters Education Fund President Marcia Bystryn. “The issues of climate resiliency and long-term planning are too important to get lost in the rhetoric of the campaign. That’s why Rockaway residents are joining us in asking the mayoral candidate to ‘Show Us The Plan’ to get our communities ready for a changing climate.”

NYLCVEF’s petition drive is just the first step in a month-long campaign that seeks to reach Rockaway voters through online engagement, print and social media advertising, as well as an extensive direct mail campaign to reach voters who have the most at stake.

As part of the campaign, NYLCVEF will publish a Green Voter Guide and video testimonials from the mayoral candidates so that voters can get information about their environmental and climate resiliency platforms. The campaign will culminate next week, when NYLCVEF will present petitions signed by residents to the mayoral campaigns on the one-year anniversary of Sandy’s landfall.

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