Recognizing Supervisor Kate Murray's longstanding commitment to protecting and improving the environment here in Hempstead Town, the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum and the New York League of Conservation Voters recently announced their respective endorsements of Supervisor Murray, who this November will be running for her fifth term.
"I am so grateful for these endorsements from the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum and the New York League of Conservation Voters," said Murray. "These organizations know that maintaining a clean and safe environment for our residents is one of our most important roles as elected officials."
As Supervisor of America's largest township, Murray oversees 90 sprawling parks and four pristine beaches - some of Long Island's most popular geography. Right across from those beaches, on Lido Boulevard, is the town's stunning Renewable Energy Park at the Department of Conservation and Waterways. Over the past decade, Supervisor Murray has directed the construction of a solar car port, a 10K photovoltaic system atop an administrative office, two large solar panels that follow the path of the sun, a 60K solar field and a solar- and wind-powered shellfish nursery. These projects were completed mostly with grant funding, mitigating the cost on taxpayers while promoting new technologies and helping to educate the public on green energy.
Supervisor Murray was also a catalyst behind the town passing one of the toughest cell tower legislation in America, responding to many residents who opposed the construction of such structures in their respective communities.
"Supervisor Kate Murray has been a steady hand in all areas of her administration and in town government," said Richard Amper, chairman of the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum. "She understands that we can't have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, and she sees to both."
"More than ever, New Yorkers need elected leaders who see sustainability and clean energy not as luxuries but as the way forward to a stronger, healthier New York," said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. "Our endorsed candidates will make sustainability a top priority in town, city and county governments and show environmental leadership we expect at all levels of government."
Even as Murray continues to promote new green technologies and the growth and development of downtown areas, she is, at the same time, preserving the suburban lifestyle that is most important to the town's 760,000-plus residents. What's more, this is all being accomplished as Supervisor Murray puts forth a 2012 budget that freezes all town taxes.
"I would like to thank the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum and the New York League of Conservation Voters for their support of my campaign in the upcoming election," said Supervisor Murray. "If re-elected, I will continue to make environmental issues a top priority of my administration."