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Marcia Bystryn, Pres NY League Conservation Voters

October 16, 2009 @ 12:00 am EDT


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This morning our speaker was Marcia Bystryn, President of The New York League of Conservation Voters. Ms Bystryn explained the role of the organization to the LIMBA audience. NYLCV Education Fund examines conservation issues in a non-partisan forum creating a body of information to be used by voters when electing public officials. Among the issues are Smart Growth, Energy Conservation & Climate Action, Transportation, Natural Resource Protection, and Open Space Preservation.
Sometimes the issues have a conflict with each other. In those cases an opinion will come out in favor of the greater good. For example; we don’t want to lose parkland but if a ferry point needs to be built to remove traffic from the roads, they may opt to sacrifice a small area for that purpose.

The New York League of Conservation Voters is affiliated with a national version and Ms Bystryn is a member of the national board. Her organization has the ear of all the politically important office holders because under their charter they are able to fund political campaigns. Choosing a political figure to support has a lot less to do with party affiliation than it does with policy goals. In short if a person running for office has goals that are congruent with NYLCV’s agenda, they have a good chance at getting monetary support.

Marcia appears to be keenly aware of the needs of Long Island’s transportation needs such as; Increased rail freight, LIRR Third Track, Bayonne to Brooklyn Tunnel, and intermodal transfer yards. We brought up the possibility of supporting the building of MAGLEV and after a brief explanation she was very interested.

We came away from this morning’s meeting that Long Island has found a new ally.

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