The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum had endorsed businessman and former Suffolk County Planning Commission Chairman David Calone in the Democratic Congressional Primary to select the candidate to oppose incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin.
The non-profit, non-partisan environmental group cited Mr. Calone’s balanced approach to environmental protection and development and his support for alternative energy — particularly solar and wind. The Environmental Voters Forum also praised him for his encouragement of efforts to reduce nitrogen in groundwater, which the organization termed “Long Island’s top environmental and economic challenge.”
The organization cited the water quality improvement efforts of Mr. Calone’s primary opponent, former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, but criticized her support of high-density developments in water-sensitive parts of town, including “The Hills,” a large-scale housing and golf development proposed for East Quogue.
The organization’s executive director, David Reisfield, said in a release, “We’re proud to endorse Dave Calone in recognition of his commitment to environmental protection which seems under siege in the current Congress.”
The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization created to identify, recruit, endorse and support pro-environment candidates for public office.