State Senate’s Environmental Rating: Poor

ALBANY—Environmental advocates say legislation they’re concerned about hasn’t moved this year, and their annual voters guide shows that over half of the chamber’s 62 senators are “failing.”

“Almost every New Yorker believes the State Senate should shape up or ship out after this year’s shenanigans,” said Richard Amper of the Long Island Environmental Voters’ Forum, in a statement. “We’re prepared to vote some of them off the island.”

According to Erica Ringewald, a spokeswoman for EPL/Environmental Advocates, which compiled the report, only six nine bills advancing the cause of environmental protection passed this year, and the June stalemate “impacted every senator negatively.”

The average score for senators was 48, with Democrats faring better than Republicans, according to the environmental groups. That’s a 32-point drop from 2008.