The features of our natural environment – our beaches and harbors, parks and open spaces – are essential to our economy and way of life. So it is especially important on eastern Long Island to combat and mitigate environmental threats. As a coastal community, Long Island is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, including loss of wetlands and beaches, chronic flooding, and shoaling of navigation channels. At the same time, emerging contaminants threaten the integrity of the aquifer which provides the sole source of drinking water on Long Island, and outdated cesspools and septic systems leach nutrients into surface waters, bringing on red tides, beach closures and loss of shellfish harvests. As a lifelong environmentalist, I have made the defense and protection of our natural environment a top priority as a Town Councilwoman and a County Legislator, and it will remain a top priority of mine in Congress.
In the Legislature, I helped lead the effort to revise the Sanitary Code to advance the installation of nitrogen-removing wastewater treatment to reduce nitrogen pollution. I worked with environmental groups to create a map that will help drive the development of renewable energy resources throughout the community. And I created a capital fund to make region-wide infrastructure investments to mitigate the effects of climate change.
In Congress, I’ll work with members on both sides of the aisle to re-engage the United States in the Paris Climate Accords. I’ll fight to fully fund the EPA and promote leadership that accepts the realities of climate science. And I’ll work to reinstate important environmental regulations that continue to be rolled back by the Trump Administration.