Sunday, February 1, 2009

NYLCV Doesn't Endorse, But Weighs In On Council Specials by Elizabeth Benjamin - The Daily Politics - NY Daily News

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The New York League of Conservation Voters won't be issuing endorsements in the Feb. 24 City Council special elections due to the nonpartisan nature and compressed timeline of the contests, but that doesn't mean the environmental group is letting candidates off easy.

The NYLCV is partnering with local organizations in the 32nd (Queens) and 49th (Staten Island) council districts to promote two of its signature issues - mass transit and waterfront access/quality.

To that end, voters in those districts will be receiving mailers today - 15,000 in the 32nd and 17,000 in the 49th - followed by two rounds of robo calls, and one round of live calls in the weeks leading up to the elections.

In addition, the NYLCV is hosting two candidate nights: One in Queens on Feb. 4 (South Ozone Park Civic Association) and another in Staten Island on Feb. 10.

The NYCLV is keeping its political arm active after playing a key role in the Democrats' successful push to take control of the state Senate last fall. The League focused in particular on Democrat Brian Foley's campaign to oust Republican (now former) Sen. Caesar Trunzo.