NY environmental group gives 2 legislators low marks

Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos, right, and his son Adam, 33, left, arrive for their arraignment in Manhattan federal court for the latest charges against them in a corruption case, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in New York. Both have have pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has given low marks to two leaders of the New York Senate’s majority Republicans for their voting records this year.

Environmental Advocates says its 2015 “oil slick” winners are Sen. Dean Skelos of Long Island and Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.

The group credits Skelos, ex-majority leader now facing federal corruption charges, with blocking floor votes on two Assembly-passed bills with a majority of Senate sponsors.

They would have authorized banning microbeads in cosmetics and certain chemicals in products for children.

The group says DeFrancisco, now the Senate’s deputy majority leader, on Earth Day cited the cold winter in Syracuse as the basis for not using the term “climate change” in a resolution.

The Senate Republican Conference did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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