The New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club today announced its endorsements of Monica Perkowski, Susan Scarpa and Brent Scott for the three open seats in West Orange Town Council on November 3, 2020. Prior to the announcement, the Sierra Club sent out a survey to all six of the candidates.
"We are pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses these three candidates," said Bill Beren, Political Chair for the Sierra Club’s Gateway (Essex County) Group.
“Given the immediate threats to our environment from climate change, it is important to enact meaningful policies at all levels of government, especially the local level,” said Beren. The Gateway group is the Essex County branch of the national grassroots environmental organization.
Beren said Perkowski, Scarpa and Scott were chosen because each back these key positions:
Preservation of West Orange’s tree canopy, particularly mature street trees, and purchase of remaining open space such as the 12-acre Mt. Pleasant Forest;
Smart development policies that emphasize energy conservation and the creation of walkable downtowns;
Opposition to further expansion of the Turtle Back Zoo into South Mountain Reservation especially the proposed amphitheater;
Expansion of the town’s jitney service to additional neighborhoods;
Installation of a network of electric vehicle charging stations in public parking lots and new construction (this is now mandated by law for all new construction)
Construction of additional affordable housing units in the Township without destroying open space; and
Rejection of tax abatements for non-blighted redevelopment to developers.
“The most important environmental action you can do is vote for change at the local level by embracing candidates who will actively fight against climate change,” said Beren. “These three candidates have been vetted, and we therefore strongly endorse candidates Perkowski, Scarpa and Scott.”
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org. The New Jersey Chapter represents about 27,000 members.