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Congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman on her election (“Watson Coleman earns historic win,” Nov. 5). She will be a champion on environmental issues and a leader in calling for action on climate change.

In the New Jersey General Assembly, Watson Coleman worked tirelessly to protect New Jersey’s environment and make the state a leader in energy efficiency. She helped to safeguard the state’s environment by securing funding for the Green Acres and Blue Acres Floodplain Acquisition programs. Her leadership and experience will be a welcome addition to Congress.

-- Ed Potosnak and Gene Karpinski,
Trenton
The writers are, respectively, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and president of the League of Conservation Voters.



Original at: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/11/letter_in_congress_watson_coleman_will_lead_on_climate_change.html
 
 
Englewood Cliffs, NJ- This year, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) Political Action Committee (PAC) made it clear that it is willing to make the tough choices and challenge incumbent elected officials who turn their backs on the environment.  
 
In 2014, the NJLCV PAC engaged voters in Englewood Cliffs to educate them about the anti-environmental record of Gloria Oh, a councilwoman seeking re-election.  
 
As a member of the municipal council, Oh voted to create a high-rise zone in Englewood Cliffs, was the only member of the council to vote against allowing residents to repeal the enactment of the high-rise zone, and supports LG's plan to build a high-rise corporate headquarters in the Palisades.  
 
After NJLCV PAC generated awareness and interest in Oh's record on the environment, she told the Record that she did not support any additional high-rise development, a departure from her previous position.

Oh was re-elected to the municipal council.

"Clearly, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters is willing and able to marshall our resources in defense of the environment," said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.  "While Oh was re-elected, she obviously recognized the need to moderate her earlier position on high-rise development, which we consider a victory.  Elected officials across New Jersey should take notice.  We intend to continue this type of electoral engagement in 2015 and beyond, holding elected officials accountable and making sure their constituents know when they turn their backs on the environment."

Paid for by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Political Action Committee
 
 
 
Trenton, NJ- This Fall, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) and NJLCV Education Fund, the affiliated 501 c(3) organization, invested significant time, energy, and resources to reach out to voters about Public Question 2.  Public Question 2 will dedicate existing corporate business tax revenues for land preservation and water quality improvement without raising taxes.  Funding will also be used to clean up polluted sites and improve the quality of rivers, lakes and drinking water sources around the Garden State.

Beyond its work in getting Public Question 2 on the ballot, NJLCV played an active role in the "Yes on 2" campaign led by "NJ Keep It Green," a diverse coalition of New Jersey organizations.  NJLCV worked to engage members and identify targeted voters, urging voters to support for Public Question 2 on November 4.

NJLCV Education Fund informed New Jersey's urban voters about Public Question 2.  As part of their urban voter activation program, NJLCV Education Fund invited nearly 60,000 Hispanic voters to join its live Spanish-language telephone town hall answering questions about Question 2, featuring Senator Bob Menendez and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. NJLCV Education Fund also ran a large "Get Out the Vote" program engaging more than 53,000 voters predominately in Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, and New Brunswick with door-to-door canvassing and bilingual phone banking.

"At the New Jersey LCV Education Fund, we believe that it is crucial for the environmental community to take an active role in educating and turning out voters, particularly in New Jersey's urban communities. We are very proud to help activate environmental voters and encourage civic participation.  This effort was groundbreaking for the environmental community and we are looking forward to building on the success of this program in next year's 2015 elections," said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.

In the past NJLCVEF has seen as much as half of urban voters drop off the ballot and ignore ballot question.  NJLCVEF's efforts to increase voter participation through outreach and eduction is critical to increasing public engagement on ballot questions.

"Passage of Question 2 will help ensure future generations have clean water to drink, clean air to breath and natural landscapes to enjoy.  We thank the voters of New Jersey for their continued support for protecting our natural resources," said Potosnak.

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NJLCV Nearly Triples Election Spending in 2014 on Public Question 2

Trenton, NJ- This year, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) and NJLCV Education Fund, the affiliated 501 c(3) organization, invested significant time, energy, and resources in outreach to the public about Public Question 2.  

Public Question 2 would dedicate existing corporation business tax revenues for land preservation and water quality improvement without raising taxes. Funding would also be assigned to clean up polluted sites and improve the quality of rivers, lakes and drinking water sources around the Garden State.

Beyond its work in getting Public Question 2 on the ballot, NJLCV played an active role in the "Yes on 2" campaign led by "NJ Keep It Green," a diverse coalition of New Jersey organizations.  NJLCV worked to engage members and identify targeted voters, urging voters to support for Public Question 2 on November 4.

NJLCV Education Fund informed New Jersey's urban voters about Public Question 2.  As part of its urban voter activation program, NJLCV Education Fund invited nearly 60,000 Hispanic voters to join its live Spanish-language telephone town hall answering questions about Question 2, featuring Senator Bob Menendez and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. NJLCV Education Fund also ran a large Get Out the Vote program engaging more than 53,000 voters in Newark, Jersey City, and New Brunswick with door-to-door canvassing and bilingual phone banking.

"The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters takes pride in making sure the environment is a priority in Trenton," said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.  "In 2014, we spent more than $125,000 to reach New Jersey voters in targeted urban communities and across the state and help them prepare to serve as citizen-legislators, determining our state's environmental future with their votes on Public Question 2."

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LCV Action Fund Endorses Roy Cho for Congress 

WASHINGTON, DC-The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Roy Cho for Congress (NJ-5). Cho will support commonsense policies that make America a leader in clean energy while working to protect our environment and natural resources for generations to come.

"Roy Cho recognizes that preserving our environment and growing our economy go hand-in-hand, which is why he will work to expand our clean energy economy," said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. "He will support commonsense approaches to protecting our natural resources and ensure that our air and water are clean."

"In Congress, Roy Cho will be a strong voice for the people of New Jersey and our environment," said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. "He's prioritized reviving the much-needed Hudson River tunnel project that will increase transportation options, decrease air pollution and improve the quality of life for northern New Jersey residents. Cho is also dedicated to investing in green technologies and renewable energy that will enhance New Jersey's economy and natural landscapes, keeping our state a healthy and prosperous place for all New Jerseyans."  

"For us to move forward, we must recognize the links that bind our economic and environmental futures," said Cho. "Environmental stewardship goes far beyond protecting our clean air and water, and includes meeting our needs for the strong mass transit systems and clean energy alternatives that will create and support good jobs. For too long, our region has had a representative who has failed to see the importance of these larger issues. I thank the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund for supporting my campaign to bring common sense leadership back to northern New Jersey."

Cho will support commonsense solutions that conserve our open spaces and safeguard the air we breathe and the water we drink. He will work to create jobs and prepare students for our green economy by supporting investments in clean energy research and development. Cho also supports the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which will protect public health, decrease our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and reduce our carbon emissions.

Roy Cho is featured on LCV Action Fund's GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Friends of Roy Cho Inc.

 
 
BY KIM LUEDDEKE
STAFF WRITER | THE RECORD

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS – A state environmental group has waded into the borough's already heated council election, accusing Democratic incumbent Gloria Oh of wanting to "destroy" Englewood Cliffs with high-rises and encouraging residents not to vote for her.

In the past week, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Political Action Committee has sent two fliers to residents criticizing Oh for her alleged support of high-rise development in Englewood Cliffs. The issue has been a hot-button topic in town, thanks to LG Electronics USA's plans to construct a 143-foot office building that critics say would be visible above the Palisades treeline.
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Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/conservation-group-targets-councilwoman-1.1115857
 
 
BY ED POTOSNAK

On November 4th the environment is on the Ballot in Englewood Cliffs.

High-rise development is threatening to change Englewood Cliffs as you know it, degrading your quality of life and increasing traffic and congestion.  High-rise developments will also ruin the historic Palisades, which are among the most dramatic geologic features in the region and so vital they earned designation as a National Park Landmark and National Historic Landmark by the National Parks Service.  The Palisades are an American treasure.

Unfortunately, Councilwoman Oh put corporate interests ahead of the Englewood Cliffs community supporting high-rise development at every turn.  That’s why we are encouraging voters to not support her reelection.  Incumbent Councilwoman Gloria Oh voted to encourage high-rise development in Englewood Cliffs and when families and businesses in town spoke out in opposition, she ignored their concerns and was the only member of the Council to vote against giving residents an opportunity to repeal the misguided high-rise zone. Oh’s running mate, incumbent Councilman Ed Aversa, on the other hand has done an about face on the high-rise issue, which we applaud.  Unlike his running mate, after supporting the original high-rise ordinance Councilman Aversa heard the concerns of the families and business in Englewood Cliffs opposing the high-rise zone and voted to put it to the voters this November if the council didn’t repeal the awful ordinance first.  Councilman Aversa continued to show his commitment to keeping our community in tact by supporting the repeal of the harmful high-rise zone.

The two challengers vying to defeat the incumbents, Mario Kranjac & Kinga Zamecki, have been outspoken in their opposition of high-rise development in Englewood Cliffs with a campaign mailer explaining their work to protect against high-rise developments.

On November 4th help defend Englewood Cliffs from high-rises and safeguard the historically significant Palisades, an American treasure.

Ed Potosnak is Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters 

More at Defend Englewood Cliffs on Nov. 4th | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis 
 
 

The means to establish a stable source of funding for open-space and farmland preservation is a vote away.

By: Ed Potosnak
The means to establish a stable source of funding for open-space and farmland preservation is a vote awayEdward Potosnak
New Jersey voters have the opportunity this Election Day to make the profound choice to vote yes to protect clean drinking water and quality of life in the Garden State for generations to come.

Unfortunately, rather than spending their time protecting New Jersey’s environment, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and its surrogates are spreading misinformation about Public Question 2, the best and only opportunity to ensure stable funding for the now-depleted Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland, and historic preservation programs. ...

Providing stable, long-term funding for open-space, farmland, historic preservation and important environmental programs is in the voters’ hands this Election Day. The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters urges all voters to vote yes on Question 2 to protect New Jersey’s land and clean water for future generations.

More at: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/10/08/op-ed-vote-yes-on-question-2-for-clean-water-quality-of-life/


 
 
By: Seth Augenstein

NEWARK — New Jersey voters should support a constitutional amendment that would allocate millions of dollars in corporate taxes for preserving open space, a bipartisan coalition pushing the plan said today.

The coalition kicked off its “Yes on 2” campaign at the Greater Newark Conservancy’s Prudential Outdoor Learning Center, arguing that the amendment would create a stable source of funding for the open space program.

public question on the Nov. 4 ballot would amend the state constitution to guarantee that a percentage of corporate business tax would be earmarked for purchasing open tracts and preserving farmland and historic properties.

"We need to let people know what's at stake – clean air and clean water," said Ed Potosnak, the executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.
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More at: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/09/nj_open_space_advocates_to_push_for_constitutional_amendment_from_both_sides_of_aisle.html#incart_river_default

 
 
By: Chase Brush

...The Senate Oversight Resolution (SCR-125), co-sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Environment and Energy Committee chairman and state Sen. Bob Smith (D-17), would prevent Christie from formally pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional program by northeastern states to reduce green house gas emission from power plants and factories. The state entered RGGI in 2005 under then-governor Richard Codey (D-27) but was pulled out in 2011 by Christie, who called the initiative "gimmicky."

"This would make it clear that the legislature wants New Jersey in RGGI and that the pullout was unproper," said Smith in response to questions about the aim of SCR-125, adding that the measure "by itself does not force [the state back into RGGI], but puts us in the situation where it can be litigated and allow the state to do the right thing." ...

"This initiative is critical for job creation and in reestablishing New Jersey's role in leading green initiatives," Potosnak said, adding that the governor's removal of New Jersey from RGGI "violated the public trust." ...

Read more at: Senate Environment and Energy Committee advances challenge to Christie's withdrawal from cap and trade program
 

 New Jersey League of Conservation Voters