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Nelson scored a perfect 100 on NYLCV's Environmental Scorecard, and also sponsored two of the bills on which other councilmembers' votes were evaluated.

If you listen to the putzes up in “the city,” our little corner of Brooklyn is full of backwards yokels, intent on destroying the environment through our frequent opposition to bike lanes and our love of automobiles. In fact, another neighborhood website publisher once told us that most other “bloggers” call Sheepshead Bites the anti-bike blog.

Well, I don’t buy it. Never have, never will, and now we’ve got some backup: the New York League of Conservation Voters.

The NYLCV is a statewide environmental advocacy organization that publishes a scorecard evaluating the voting records of elected officials throughout the state. They just wrapped up their New York City Council scorecard, and found that Southern Brooklyn’s representatives are among the most environmentally-concerned folks in the legislative body. And that’s saying a lot – the Council’s average score jumped to 90 this year – up from 68 in 2009 and 45 in 2005 – making it the “most pro-environment Council in recent memory,” the report states.

The group evaluated the votes on 11 bills, including two pieces of legislation introduced by local Councilman Michael Nelson that requires various city departments to make a plan to curb illegal dumping in the waterways, and increased the fines for such illegal dumping.

Speaking of Nelson, he scored a perfect 100. As did Lew Fidler. And Jumaane Williams and David Greenfield.

In fact, the only council person in the vicinity of Community Board 15 that didn’t nail a perfect score was Domenic Recchia, who scored an 82 after missing the vote on Nelson’s waterways bill, and voting against a bill not sponsoring a bill requiring an increase in storm water-tolerant native vegetation in order to reduce combined sewer overflows. [ADDITIONAL INFO PROVIDED BY RECCHIA'S OFFICE BELOW]

In all, 22 of the council’s 51 members received perfect scores. The three worst scores were Councilmembers Helen Foster (36), Annabel Palma (64) and Larry Seabrook (64) – all representing the Bronx.

UPDATE (4/12/2012): Domenic Recchia’s office got in touch to let us know that the bill mentioned above, requiring an increase in storm water-tolerant vegetation, never came up for a vote and so he did not vote against it. “Intro 75 is still laid over in the Committee on Environmental Protection of which Councilman Recchia is not a member and therefore could not cast a vote,” his office told us. His office added that not all of the bills the NYLCV evaluated actually came to a vote, and the ones that did not were evaluated by whether or not the councilmember was listed as a co-sponsor. And since the bill never came to a vote, the councilman was unfamiliar with its contents and so could not say whether he would have voted for it or not.

Source: DEP

I confess, come Saturday I shall be refreshing the North Shore edition of SI Live, waiting in curious anticipation to see how the impending weekend rain barrel distribution at the College of Staten Island works out for residents of “The Forgotten Borough” (although, for those of us enduring a third consecutive Bloomberg Administration, that could easily refer to all of the boroughs except for Manhattan).

Read why this matters, and weigh in on whether Southern Brooklynites are getting screwed.

Weiner spoke against the RPA plan (Source: A Walk In The Park)

Members of the Jamaica Bay Task Force Group (JBTF) hosted a meeting last week to decry plans calling for the destruction of 400 acres of Jamaica Bay wetlands to clear the path for a runway expansion project at John F. Kennedy Airport.

More than 150 people, including the JBTF — a cadre of citizenry, scientists, and federal, state, regional, and local agency representatives, staunchly guarding the wildlife refuge for more than 20 years — crowded into the American Legion Hall at 209 Crossbay Boulevard in the Broad Channel section of Queens during what was, at times, a heated dialogue over the Regional Plan Association’s (RPA) report, “Upgrading to World Class – The future of the New York Regions Airports” (pages 150 to 154), which proposes eliminating a sizeable acreage of “what is not simply New York City’s ecological crown jewel but a wetlands and estuarine area of national importance,” according to a press release from NYC Park Advocates.

“One of the major shortcomings of the report was that actual users, including environmentalists and civic organizations were not consulted,” said Geoffrey Croft, the president of NYC Park Advocate, of the report, developed by a conglomerate of multi-tiered stakeholders from all levels of government and funded by the Port Authority.

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Environmentalists, civic groups, local pols and members of the fishing and boating community, outraged over a plan calling for the destruction of 400 acres of Jamaica Bay wetlands to clear the path for a runway expansion project at John F. Kennedy Airport, finally have a chance to speak out tonight.  The Jamaica Bay Task Force Group is hosting a town hall meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the American Legion Hall, 209 Crossbay Boulevard in the Broad Channel section of Queens.

Find out what all the hubbub is about.

A Gravesend native is saving our environment. His secret? It’s all in the name.

Solar Bawabeh, 31-years-old, of Syrian descent, remembers being teased as a child for his unusual first name, but now his uncommon moniker is the inspiration behind his new company, Solar Rainbow, that installs solar panels and sells the energy to businesses.

“My whole life, people were making fun of my name,” Bawabeh told the Daily News. “But now, it’s an icebreaker in business.”

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A flyover of Jamaica Bay, from a plan approaching or departing JFK. (Source: felix.castor/Flickr)

A planned expansion of John F. Kennedy Internation airport has environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts livid, as proposals call for development on portions of the federally protected Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently announced plans to expand capacity at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and JFK airports, and the varying options include one, at JFK, that includes filling in – or to “reclaim” – nearly 400 acres of  Jamaica Bay, an important part of the National Parks System filled with plant and fish life.

Find out what people are saying about the plan.