3/2004, Rivertowns Enterprise


By George Klein, Sierra Club Chair
Reprinted here with permission of the author

To the Editor:

I'm writing in support of Allegra Dengler for Trustee in Dobbs Ferry. In my capacity as Chair of the Lower Hudson Group of the Sierra Club, I have known Allegra for many years. She has worked hard on environmental issues that matter to all of Westchester. A healthy environment is important for many reasons. We need clean air and clean water to be healthy and have healthy families. We need open space for exercise and relaxation.

Allegra brings an unusual combination of advocacy for the environment with businesslike financial insights. She understands that a healthy environment is not only good for human health, it is good economically. Protecting the NYC watershed will save taxpayers and ratepayers billions of dollars by avoiding construction of an expensive chemical filtration plant She supports energy conservation in government buildings that saves taxpayers money. She has worked for open space and trees that are proven to increase property values.

In recent years, Allegra has been a leader in supporting sustainable solutions to our energy needs. This is a significant part of the effort to move beyond the dangers posed by the Indian Point nuclear power plants. For just one example, last year she worked with FCWC to put on the very successful conference in White Plains on Energy Independence: Real World Solutions For Homes and Businesses.

I know the people of Dobbs Ferry will be well served if they vote for Allegra for Trustee in the Village election on March 16.

George Klein
Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group