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Brooklyn councilmembers graded greenest in city

March 11, 2019 Mary Frost
Stephen Levin is one of nine Brooklyn councilmembers scoring 100 percent in a scorecard released on March 8 by the New York League of Conservation Voters. He is shown above congratulating Mayor Bill de Blasio at the signing of a bill prohibiting the use of fracking products in the city. File photo courtesy of Levin’s office

Brooklyn members of the New York City Council are the greenest in the city, according to a study released March 8 by the nonpartisan group New York League of Conservation Voters.

The group’s annual City Council Environmental Scorecard grades councilmembers on their support of environmental issues, such as wind power, support for parks, sustainable transportation like shared bicycles and electric scooters, lead poisoning prevention and more.

This year, 21 members of the City Council received a perfect environmental score of 100, and nine of these were from the Brooklyn delegation. Brooklyn is also the most improved borough, the League says, with an average score of 94, compared to 87 last year.

The Brooklyn members scoring perfect 100s include Inez Barron, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Rafael Espinal, Mathieu Eugene, Stephen Levin, Alan Maisel, Antonio Reynoso and Public Advocate-elect Jumaane Williams.

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Kalman Yeger, a Democrat who represents Borough Park and Midwood, was the lowest scoring Brooklyn councilmember, receiving 62 points.

Queens came in second, with five councilmembers receiving perfect scores: Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich and Jimmy Van Bramer.

Manhattan came in third, with three councilmembers receiving perfect marks, and the Bronx was fourth, with two councilmembers acing the scorecard. As Council Speaker, Corey Johnson was not graded.

The Staten Island delegation, with an average of 46, scored the lowest for the fifth consecutive year and significantly decreased its score from last year.

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