YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY — August 12, 2020 — The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter announced today that it has endorsed Pete Harckham for re-election to the New York State Senate. The endorsement was initiated by the local Lower Hudson Sierra Club in recognition for his work on environmental issues and advocacy for a just and safe transition for the Indian Point Energy Center during its decommissioning.
Harckham, who is finishing his first term as a state senator, is campaigning to return to Albany and continue representing the 40th Senate District. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd.
“I am truly grateful for this endorsement from the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, especially knowing how much effort the organization puts into protecting the environment, pressing for clean energy and removing hazardous waste from our communities,” said Harckham. “There is no time to waste when it comes to safeguarding our planet for future generations. There is much work ahead of us, and the Sierra Club helps lead the way in this regard.”
“It is an honor to endorse a public servant such as Pete Harckham for re-election to the New York State Senate,” said Ed Berry, political director of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. “The Sierra Club has worked alongside Senator Harckham since his days as a Westchester County Legislator. From walking over snow frozen ground of a proposed pipeline near Indian Point to proposing legislation to deal with a smart transition of this same facility, he has shown a commitment to protecting our community. His continuing fight to safeguard our water sources and his untiring advocacy for renewable energy marks him as a leader for our future.
Harckham’s work on the Westchester County Board of Legislators from 2008 to 2015 included major achievements on behalf of environmental protections. As a legislator, he helped pass a crucial phosphorus reduction bill and put together a partnership between the State and NYC which implemented septic requirements near Westchester reservoirs.
Once in the Senate, Harckham has had several major environmental bills passed by the State Legislature.
One bill, which Harckham sponsored, protects over 40,000 miles of waterways that are used for drinking water, fishing and recreation by adding Class C streams to those waterways included the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Protection of Waters Regulatory Program. And to help NY meet our renewable energy goals outlined in the CLCPA, Senator Harckham removed the parkland alienation requirement for small-scale solar projects.
Harckham has stated that his priorities continue to be protecting clean water and fragile drinking water supplies, battling climate change and pushing for sustainability through initiatives like the Restore Mother Nature Act, a $3 billion investment in various environmental and eco-smart projects that has been put on hold for a year while the state deals with financial issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, Harckham received an endorsement from the New York League of Conservation Voters.
New York’s 40th District includes the towns of Beekman, Pawling and the village of Pawling in Dutchess County; the towns of Carmel, Patterson and Southeast, and the village of Brewster in Putnam County; and the city of Peekskill, the towns of Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown, the town/village of Mount Kisco, and the villages of Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.
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SOURCE: Tom Staudter | Communications | Photographer | Office of NYS Senator Pete Harckham (SD-40).