Factbox: Richard Brodsky, candidate for NY attorney general

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – Richard Brodsky, who has represented suburban Westchester County in the state Assembly for nearly three decades, is one of five Democratic candidates competing next Tuesday in the Democratic primary for New York attorney general. Some facts about him:

* Brodsky, 64, said the energy industry must prove that drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale formation can be done without contaminating any watersheds that supply billions of gallons of drinking water. Until then, he supports a moratorium on drilling.

* Brodsky’s series of hearings that included a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Peter Kalikow, helped expose the mass transit agency’s flawed bookkeeping.

* Brodsky opposed — and helped kill — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans for a Manhattan football stadium and to charge motorists a fee for driving in congested Manhattan. Brodsky said the mayor believes in “Socialism for the rich; capitalism for the rest of us.”

* Brodsky’s environmental record includes: creating the Environmental Protection Fund, which invests in capital projects that protect the environment, and suing the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, charging that the Indian Point nuclear power plant has not adhered to safety and fire requirements.

* Brodsky is a graduate of Westchester’s Ardsley High School, Brandeis University and Harvard Law School.

(Reporting by Joan Gralla; Editing by Daniel Trotta)

Factbox: Richard Brodsky, candidate for NY attorney general