We are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. As someone who grew up in the Southern Tier and Western New York, I am well acquainted with its natural loveliness. We have a responsibility to keep our environment beautiful, which means, first and foremost, that we keep it clean. We must not allow our water, air, or land to be polluted, as any short-term economic gains will be outweighed by the long-term damage to our natural endowments–and to our public health. For these reasons, I strongly support the current New York State moratorium on hydraulic-fracturing, which would destroy our magnificent district and poison our lands. I also support federal funding for climate change research, as learning ways to combat the effects of climate change is absolutely vital to assuring the health and vitality of our communities.
I will also work to coordinate federal and state alignment to address water quality and fund the cleanup of sites like West Valley. No one should have to live in a community where pollution threatens one’s ability to breathe clean air and drink clean water; ensuring the integrity of our environment is a way of ensuring the health of our neighborhoods.