The New York League of Conservation Voters today issued its annual scorecard of New York City Council members, rating them for their votes on a series of environmental legislation introduced over the past year.
“Council Members earn points by casting pro-environment votes or for co-sponsoring pro-environment bills,” writes the group. “Of the 12 pieces of legislation scored this year, three were classified as priority bills and council members’ actions were weighted doubly on these. Negative votes and absences counted against the final score.”
Score by Score
Council members were given individual scores, which were then averaged by borough. The results may not surprise you greatly: Brooklyn came in highest while Staten Island didn’t even make a passing grade. In fact, with a score of 57, the borough actually dropped four points from last year’s score of 61.
Here’s the borough breakdown:
Staten Island: 57
The following individual council members received perfect scores:
Manhattan: Margaret Chin, Corey Johnson, Mark Levine, Ydanis Rodriguez, and Helen Rosenthal Bronx: Andrew Cohen and Ritchie Torres
Brooklyn: Stephen Levin and Carlos Menchaca
Queens: Costa Constantinides, Elizabeth Crowley, Donovan Richards, and Jimmy Van Bramer
No one from Staten Island received a perfect score.
Interested in how your council member scores? Check out the full scorecard here.
The Bill Breakdown
NYLCV based the council members scores on 12 specific bills (from a pool of 70). The 12 bills were selected after consultation with a group of New York City’s leading environmental, transportation, public health, parks, and environmental justice organizations.
The bills include those related to a fee on plastic bags, child-safe products, a microbeads ban, a park maintenance tracker, community air quality surveys, identifying environmental justice issues, geothermal energy, clean heating oil, right of way for pedestrians, school environmental data reporting, LEED standards for new construction and solar technology in city-owned buildings.