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LCV and NY LCV Statement on Retirement of New York Rep. Sherwood Boehlert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 March 17, 2006  

WASHINGTON, DC/NEW YORK, NY - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro and New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) Executive Director Marcia Bystryn today issued the following statement upon Rep. Sherwood Boehlert's (NY-24) announcement that he will not seek reelection this year.

"New York State and the U.S. Congress are losing an environmental champion, a public servant who never let his values get overrun by partisan politics. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert has always understood that solutions are met by consensus, and his legacy will be written in many positive ways, including his work on clean energy solutions, protecting the Arctic Refuge and endangered species protection. Over the course of his career in Congress, he carries a laudable LCV score of 78 percent. LCV and NYLCV will work hard to make sure residents in New York's 24th Congressional District continue to have representation in the mold of Sherwood Boehlert -- a tough act to follow," said Mr. Massaro.  

New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) Executive Director Marcia Bystryn stated, "Throughout the duration of his tenure, the environmental community has come to rely on Congressman Boehlert for his environmental leadership and his ability to deliver on the issues that matter most.  As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Boehlert was a proactive advocate for cleaner air and mass transit.  The League could always count on his support for more open space and recreational facilities throughout the country; home energy savings; better flood control; redevelopment of land in our inner cities; accelerated activity to stave off climate change and safer, healthier coastal waters. His commitment and dedication to protecting the environment will not be forgotten."   

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