Stepping up their assault, the Environmental Voters Forum put an ad in North Shore local weekly papers about a week ago looking to recruit a candidate to run against Democratic State Sen. Craig Johnson.
Group founder Richard Amper said Johhnson needs to be replaced because he has he has been “unwilling to meet with us” and failed to oppose Gov. David Paterson’s bid to cut funding for the state Environmental Protection Fund by 33 percent — a key funding source for Suffolk’s pine barrens. “He has won the hard to get “oil slick’ award from the Environmenetal Advoates of New York” said Amper.
The ad so far has resulted in eight calls and no candidates, but Amper said he has not given up looking. Republicans, meanwhile, have named Mineola Mayor Jack Martins to oppose Johnson. Amper said that Martins has not reached out for his group, and his political action committee may be looking to for a contender to make either a primary or an independent run for Johnson’s seat.
A Johnson spokesman said johnson is a “championof the environment and Ampers tactics are “clumsy as they are ill-advised.” His spokesman also said that the office voted for the Democrats' senate budget which restored the the Environmnetal Protection Fund and state parks.