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New York League of Conservation Voters backs Martins over Haber

The New York League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Republican State Sen. Jack Martins in his re-election battle against Democratic businessman Adam Haber in the 7th District.

The group, which advocates for environmental sustainability, cited Martins legislative record, including co-sponsoring the Long Island Water Quality Control Act, a bill that creates a commission on clean water and aquifer protection.

Martins (R-Mineola) has also pledged to vote to renew and improve programs to clean up contaminated land, protect open space and safeguard drinking water, the group said.

“The environment has a true ally in Senator Jack Martins,” said New York League of Conservation Voters president Marcia Bystryn. “We are particularly encouraged by his passionate advocacy to improve the quality of drinking water and our local waterways.”

Martins said the endorsement was in “recognition of my efforts to protect Long Island’s drinking water and our environment.”

Haber responded that he will be endorsed in the coming days by the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, a nonprofit that endorses “pro-environment candidates.”

“I look forward to working as a State Senator to protect Long Island’s water supply, preserve our environment, and use my experience responding to Hurricane Sandy to make sure we are better prepared for any future natural disasters,” Haber said.

Haber on Wednesday also released an open letter to Martins regarding his record on women’s issues.

Haber and Martins have sparred in recent months about the Women’s Equality Act, a package of bills which failed to pass the Senate in June when Republicans called for splitting the proposal into separate bills and key Democrats insisted on an all or nothing approach.

Most of the bills had broad support but a controversial abortion proposal, which would match state law with the rights spelled out in the Roe v. Wade decision was opposed by Republicans.

Haber’s letter said he was the “only candidate in this race who has declared his support for reproductive rights.”

State Republicans released an ad last week which said Haber was “playing politics with women’s equality.”

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