Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appoints Climate Action Council

AmNews Staff Reports | 2/6/2020, 1:45 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the appointments of Dennis Elsenbeck, Anne Reynolds, and Raya Salter to the Climate ...
Sente Majoity leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the appointments of Dennis Elsenbeck, Anne Reynolds, and Raya Salter to the Climate Action Council. These three appointees bring decades of experience that is necessary to tackle an aggressive climate plan in New York State. We have a responsibility to future generations to take action today, and the Climate Action Council will be a crucial player in environmental protection and conservation efforts.

“With Trump and his allies denying climate change and rolling back environmental protections, it’s up to New York to step up and lead,” Stewart-Cousins said. “The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act we passed last year is the strongest environmental protection initiative in the nation. To help advance New York’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the Climate Action Council was created. I am proud to appoint Dennis Elsenbeck, Anne Reynolds, and Raya Salter to this Council, and know they will help ensure our state is a national leader in the fight against climate change.”

The 22-member New York State Climate Action Council Climate was created in the 2019 Legislative Session as part of the aggressive Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to address and mitigate the effects of climate change by drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions, diverting the state’s energy reliance to renewable sources, promoting environmental justice, and creating green jobs in all communities throughout New York State. The council consists of state agency leaders, business leaders, community and environmental advocates.

Dennis Elsenbeck said, “New York State has set the bar in terms of how our country should respond to the threat of Climate Change via aggressive goal setting. An equally aggressive implementation plan is required to ensure that we maintain both economic and environmental sustainability that will support New York’s green economy. It should be our priority to not only achieve our stated goals, but also act as a leader in the Global Climate economy. I am honored to be a Member of the Climate Action Council, and look forward to working with other council members, Gov. Cuomo’s Office, our legislative leadership and especially the marketplace on this initiative. It will ‘take a village’ to nurture this critical vision.”

Elsenbeck is head of energy and sustainability at Phillips Lytle Energy Consulting Services. Previously he served as director for National Grid US Operations. He has familiarity with different regional environmental issues, having worked across Western New York and the Mohawk Valley Region for National Grid. 

Anne Reynolds said, “I am honored to have been appointed by the Senate to serve on New York’s new Climate Action Council. There is so much work to do to implement the ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, enacted by New York’s legislature just last year. Thankfully, there are many actions New York can take to fight climate change and make our air and water cleaner that will also bring new jobs, investment, and economic development. I look forward to getting started!”