New York: Sierra Club Endorses One of Its Own, Kryzan

Posted October 10, 2008 at 6:17pm

Environmental attorney Alice Kryzan, the Democratic nominee in the race to replace retiring Rep. Tom Reynolds (R), picked up the endorsement of the Sierra Club last week.

“It is such a pleasure for local grassroots Sierrans to initiate this endorsement and provide support to one of our own,” Joseph Gardella Jr., chairman of the political committee of the Sierra Club Atlantic (N.Y.) Chapter, said in a statement.

Kryzan is the underdog in the Western New York race against wealthy businessman Chris Lee (R), but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has invested $554,000 in the race, and EMILY’s List is also chipping in on the financial front.

Kryzan also got good news last week when the runner-up in the Democratic primary, Jon Powers, announced he was moving out of the district to take a job in Washington, D.C. Powers remained on the general election ballot as the nominee of the Working Families Party, potentially robbing Kryzan of some liberal votes. By moving out of state, Powers can take himself off the ballot, and the Working Families Party is expected to try to give Kryzan its ballot line. But local Republicans have signaled that they will attempt to fight the move.