State Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge) was endorsed Wednesday by the New York League of Conservation Voters, a state environmental group, in his re-election bid.
The announcement was made outside of in Chappaqua.
"Well, I was both thrilled and honored," Castelli said in an interview, about the backing.
Castelli touts his environmental record, including support for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas, a controversial statewide issue.
The group also endorsed Castelli in 2010, during his last election run.
Castelli is seeking election to the newly drawn 93rd assembly district, which looks mostly like his old one, the former 89th. It spans northern and central Westchester County, including New Castle, Mount Kisco, Bedford, Harrison and part of White Plains.
White Plains City Councilman David Buchwald, his Democratic opponent, responded, according to The Journal News.
"David Buchwald has a sterling environmental record as a White Plains City Councilman, and eagerly anticipates working with the League of Conservation Voters and other environmental groups to protect the environment as an Assemblyman," he said in a statement published by the paper. "This election is going to be decided on many issues, and in his two years misrepresenting us in Albany, Robert Castelli’s already voted against a woman’s right to choose, against marriage equality, and against sensible gun control. That’s a record only a Conservative Republican could be proud of, and we’re confident that the voters won’t give him another chance to keep adding to his collection of extreme votes."