Discussion on local environmental concerns and priorities included growing a green economy, renewable energy, and climate change
Syracuse, NY – Dana Balter, Democratic nominee for Congress in NY-24, hosted Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) and local environmental leaders for a roundtable discussion on top environmental concerns for the 24th district.
Environmental leaders included Pete Wirth, Climate Change Awareness & Action; David Popp, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Katelyn Kriesel, Financial Advisor focused on Socially Responsible Investing; Renee Vogelsang, Climate and Clean Energy Advocate; Matt Vanderbrook, GreenSpark Solar; Peter Cann, Cann Geothermal Plus, among others. They engaged in a robust conversation that touched on numerous issues that will have long lasting effects on central and western New York. Topics discussed included ways to encourage the renewable energy industry, ways shareholders can advocate for corporations to be more green, and ways we work together to stop carbon pollution, among others.
Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, which includes all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. He is serving his fifth term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009. Rep. Tonko serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He is the first Upstate New York Democratic member to serve on the committee since Leo O’Brien, who resigned the post in October 1966. As a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, he also serves on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, which has jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research and development. Congressman Tonko holds a mechanical and industrial engineering degree from Clarkson University and calls Amsterdam, NY his home and hometown.