YORKTOWN, N.Y.- Councilmen Jim Martorano and Nick Bianco have received the endorsement from GreenYorktown, as well as County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz.Martorano, a Democrat, and Bianco, a Conservative, received the endorsement for their pro-environment positions and actions, according to the organization. The organization referred to the duo as environmentalists in public service.
"A major accomplishment this year was their work with the New York State Comptroller to develop business metrics showing conservation of open space to be more economically beneficial to taxpayers than mixed use development," read a press release announcing their endorsement. "They also worked to lower permit and inspection fees for any businesses demonstrating green best practices, while implementing stricter efficiency standards for new construction."
The organization gave the men credit for successful open space programs including the bike and hiking paths from Yorktown to the Hudson, a tree protection ordinance, and the acquisition of 200 acres at Granite Knolls. Last week, Bianco and Martorano also received the endorsement from the Sierra Club.
The organization gave their endorsement also to Mike Kaplowitz, an incumbent running for county legislator again as he has been the chairman of the County's Environment and Energy Committee.
"Mike has preserved over 11,000 acres of open space in Westchester. He is a member of the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board and worked hard to keep vital Agricultural Districts in Westchester County," the release said. "Mike helped save the Angle Fly Preserve in Somers, protecting both open space and drinking water. Mike prevented the County from selling the north 27 acres of Lasdon Park to developers. He supports Muscoot Park and help to develop a plan to make Hillltop Hanover a self-sustaining farm saving it from budget cuts."
The organization also commended him for co-authoring the "Smoke Free Workplace" law, for actively seeking information about Indian Point, and his support for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
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