SENATORS VITELLI AND GERZOFSKY RECEIVE PERFECT SCORES ON ENVIRONMENTAL RECORDS
Democratic Senators Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic and Stan Gerzofsky of Brunswick have received 100% ratings from the Maine Conservation Voters for their support of environmental issues during the 126th Legislature.
“Maine is known for its natural beauty and its abundance of forests, lakes, and coast line; I am proud of my votes to protect our environment,” said Vitelli. “I am especially proud of sponsoring a bill to increase access to solar energy so that Mainers can take advantage of the sun’s energy to power their homes and businesses.”
Vitelli and Gerzofsky are among 13 Democratic senators to receive a perfect score.
The MCV is dedicated to supporting policies and laws to protect our natural resources and the Maine brand–our air, land, water, and wildlife. For over 25 years, MCV has released an annual legislative scorecard to evaluate lawmakers’ commitment to protecting the environment.
“From beautiful downtown Brunswick and the rolling hills of Pownal to the natural resources mecca of Freeport and the working waterfront of Harpswell, protecting our environment and our natural resources are crucial to our local economy and our way of life,” said Gerzofsky. “I am happy with the work we accomplished this year to preserve what makes Maine, and our district, wonderful.”
During the 2014 legislative session, Gerzofsky supported a bill sponsored by Vitelli to increase access to solar energy, and both lawmakers co-sponsored a bill to create the first commission on the East Coast to study the effects of ocean acidification on our ecosystem.
In addition, Gerzofsky sponsored a first of its kind bill to protect mudflats from the invasive green crab that received unanimous support of the legislature.
Vitelli and Gerzofsky also voted for a bond package that includes funding for investment in natural resources infrastructure and restoration of drinking water aquifers, and supported a bill to allow small Maine farms to compete through the creation of food hubs in order to provide fresh food to schools and other institutions.