NY-01 Representative Lee Zeldin has tried to portray himself as an environmentalist in a recent TV campaign ad, in press releases and in letters to constituents. However, a new report released last week by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, a Washington, D.C. based group that seeks to protect people, communities and natural resources from the health and environmental consequences of toxic chemicals, suggests just the opposite.
EWG rated all 435 Members of the House on 17 recent House votes impacting toxic chemicals safeguards. Mr. Zeldin voted to weaken safeguards against these poisons, not to strengthen them, all 17 times. Mr. Zeldin’s “0” rating tied him with Claudia Tenney, an upstate Republican, for dead last in the 27-member New York House delegation. The full report can be found at https://www.ewgaction.org/protectyourhealth/billsummaries.html.
Adding this new report on toxic chemicals to Zeldin’s consistently rock-bottom across-the-board ratings from the national League of Conservation Voters, NY-01 voters should treat Zeldin’s claims to have their health and environmental concerns at heart with the deepest of skepticism.