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Steven Englebright to represent New York’s 4th Assembly District

Assemb. Steven Englebright, Democratic candidate in New York's

Assemb. Steven Englebright, Democratic candidate in New York's 4th Assembly District. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Democrat Steven Englebright, always a conscientious and effective representative for his district, has emerged as the leading environmental voice in the Assembly. It’s a much-needed one.

As chairman of the environmental conservation committee, Englebright, 70, of Setauket, convened joint hearings with the Senate upstate and on Long Island on water-quality issues, got a bill passed to study ocean acidification, and formed a working group on climate change that held hearings on its impact on New York.

His Republican opponent, attorney Steven Weissbard, 52, of Stony Brook, has great energy but is a climate-change denier.

Englebright supports Suffolk County’s idea for a public referendum to institute a water-usage fee to reduce nitrogen in Long Island’s waters. We expect him to use his knowledge and experience to help shepherd a good plan to reality.

Newsday endorses Englebright.