The Environmental Advocacy Group of Rye (EAGR) is sponsoring an environmental forum for the candidates for Rye City Council and Mayor at the Rye Free Reading Room tonight, Tuesday, October 20th from 7 to 9:00 p.m. The forum is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The event will be video recorded for Rye City TV.
Each candidate will have the chance to speak at greater length regarding one particular area of concern. “We hope,” said committee member Judy Martin, “that this forum will give all Rye’s voters the opportunity to judge for themselves which candidates will do the best job in making Rye a healthy environment for future generations.”
The moderator for the program will be Simon Delekta, Director of Voter Education and Civic Engagement for the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. Following the discussion, members of the audience will be able to ask questions and raise any other issues or concerns they might have on environmental matters.
Topics that may be covered during the forum include:
- What measures should City Council members take to encourage or require residents and property owners to reduce storm water runoff and, consequently, flooding?
- What more could we do in our community to improve the Sound Shore water quality?
- How can we reduce traffic and improve air quality in Rye? What measures do the candidates support to make the business district and environs more pedestrian friendly without impairing commerce for local businesses?
- What type of sustainability plan would you propose for the City of Rye’s operations, and what would you propose as timing for implementation of elements of the plan?
- How could we strengthen and enforce codes to protect our trees and wetlands?
- What would you do as a member of the City Council to strengthen our building codes to improve energy efficiency in our homes and commercial buildings?
- How can we reduce our construction and household waste at home and in our general community?
- Should Rye change its codes to improve land use to more effectively conserve open space areas and focus development in a more sustainable direction? If so, how?
- Do the candidates consider the current deer situation in Rye to be a problem? If so, what can we do locally to solve the problem?
EAGR is a non-partisan volunteer group whose mission is to identify Rye’s environmental concerns, provide educational programs, and advocate for solutions – to ensure a healthier and safer community. EAGR received the “green seal award” from the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County in June 2009 for organizational sustainability.