NYC Election Day 2013 is today! The polls are now open, but if you haven’t voted yet, you might want to consider one last deciding factor before you cast your ballot – which candidate has the best environmental policies. While Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota have yet to prove themselves to be as green-minded as Mayor Bloomberg, they’ve both taken some solid stances on environmental issues. Read on to learn more about each candidate’s eco-ideas and tell us in our poll who you think will make the greener mayor.


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Bill de Blasio

Standing in as NY’s hope for the first democratic mayor since 1993, Bill de Blasio has a pretty forward-thinking green plan called A Framework for a Sustainable City.  The outline includes multiple strategies for building an alliance for a sustainable New York and committing the city to use more renewable energy. De Blasio also wants to make the city greener by retrofitting buildings and small businesses themselves to be more energy conscious.

Perhaps the most controversial and ambitious goal de Blasio has in mind is to open an East 91st street waste-transfer station. On one hand the new garbage site would help reduce the number of trucks rolling through poor and minority communities outside Manhattan. At the same time there’s concern of what bringing a garbage dump will do to the Upper East Side neighborhood as well as the fumes in a densely populated area.

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Joe Lhota

Unlike de Blasio, Joe Lhota does not have an environmental plan in his proposal to become mayor. Instead, the republican candidate and former MTA CEO and Chairman, most famous for hiking up MTA fares, is focusing more on other issues like boosting the economy and jobs, education, public safety and government efficiency.

However, Lhota has a long list of transportation proposals that could make New York a less congested and pollution free city. One of his first goals is to take control of and lower the tolls on the MTA’s tunnels and bridges. Meanwhile, Lhota would add four new Metro-North stops in the Bronx with access to Penn Station and expanded the Staten Island Ferry service. Outside of subway stations, Lhota would also add racks for bike parking.

Who do you think is the greener candidate. Don’t forget to sound off in our poll above.