New York Climate Champions Endorsed by Food & Water Action

October 30, 2018

Slate of Progressive Democrats Will Push for Bold Policies

BROOKLYN, NY – Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing another slate of candidates who are committed to taking bold action on climate policy.

The group is endorsing the following candidates in state level races:

State Senate

  • Anna Kaplan (7th District)
  • James Gaughran (5th District)
  • Kevin Thomas (6th District)
  • Andrew Gounardes (22nd District)
  • Rachel May (53rd District)


State Assembly

  • Christine Pellegrino (9th District)

Food & Water Action endorsed these candidates based on their commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy by 2030, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects statewide, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover. Seven other candidates have already been endorsed by Food & Water Action.

The group is also endorsing Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose overwhelming primary victory in June attracted national attention. She has spoken out in favor of aggressive ‘Green New Deal’ clean energy policies, and is committed to co-sponsoring the Off Fossil Fuels Act (OFF Act), the most ambitious climate policy in the country. The legislation has dozens of co-sponsors, including 16 Democratic members of Congress from New York.

“With Ocasio-Cortez in Washington and these progressive leaders in Albany, New Yorkers will be sending a clear message: We are ready to take the lead on climate action, by putting people’s interests before corporate profits,” said Alex Beauchamp, Food & Water Action’s Northeast Region Director. “Under the Cuomo administration, New York has barely budged on renewable energy. It’s time to push much harder, and these leaders are ready to do that.”

As one of the lead groups in the successful statewide fight to ban fracking, Food & Water Watch organizers and volunteers lead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure, with a primary focus on the fracked gas power plants and pipelines proposed in every corner of the state. Several of the candidates receiving their endorsement have been active in the campaigns against these projects. This is the first election cycle in which the group is deploying its statewide power to send strong climate champions to Albany.

Food & Water Action is the affiliated 501(c)4 arm of Food & Water Watch.