Sierra Club

2013 Elections

Here is the political questionnaire we provided to candidates this year. Click here to view Sierra Club endorsements.

Mid-Hudson Group/Sierra Club 2012 Political Questionnaire

(First, please give your name, address, contact phone number, email address, political party, office (race), district.)

List any environmental organizations to which you have belonged and when, as well as your top environmental accomplishments.

Who is your environmental adviser?

What is your position on high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York State? Ban as a danger to drinking water and health? Allow and regulate?

NYS has a strong tradition of municipal home rule, but this makes any regional planning difficult. At present a local town planning board can overrule a decision of the county by a simple super-majority vote .Do you think that regional planning should be strengthened? Why or why not?

How would you help the bottom line of local farms and farm-related businesses?

What do you advocate to protect farmland and forest land?

What ideas do you have for an energy policy for your district?

Would you support a more pedestrian/bicycle-friendly environment (sidewalks, crosswalks, bicycle lanes, bicycle racks)?

What is your position on government use of non-agricultural pesticides and herbicides, in buildings or along right-of-ways?

Do you think that aquifers (provide drinking water), watersheds (provide drinking water) and wetlands (mitigate floods, clean water, shelter animals and plants) need more protection? Why or why not?

If one of these developments is within your district, we need your position and reasoning: Belleayre in the Catskills, Williams Lake in Rosendale.

Do you support a mandatory private well-testing law? Why or why not? Should contaminated wells in the state be identified?

List any other environmental issues which are at the forefront in your district or community and state your position on them.

How do you envision making your district more liveable?