Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo listened to a presentation on fracking at a cabinet meeting in Albany on Wednesday.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of uncertainty over the disputed method of natural gas extraction.

State officials concluded that fracking, as the method is known, could contaminate the air and water and pose inestimable dangers to public health.

That conclusion was delivered during a year-end cabinet meeting Mr. Cuomo convened in Albany. It came amid increased calls by environmentalists to ban fracking, which uses water and chemicals to release oil and natural gas trapped in deeply buried shale deposits.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who has prided himself on taking swift and decisive action on other contentious issues like gun control, took the opposite approach on fracking. He repeatedly put off making a decision on how to proceed, most recently citing a continuing — and seemingly never-ending — study by state health officials.

On Wednesday, six weeks after Mr. Cuomo won re-election to a second term, the long-awaited health study finally materialized.

In a presentation at the cabinet meeting, the acting state health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, said the examination had found “significant public health risks” associated with fracking.
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Warren’s Display of Backbone Threatens Career as Democrat

Warren’s Display of Backbone Threatens Career as DemocratWASHINGTON - What some insiders are calling a "rash display of backbone" last week could endanger Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)'s career as a Democrat, leading party operatives said today. "She stood up for what she believed in and didn't try to water it down," said Democratic strategist Harland Dorrinson. "That is a serious violation of the Democratic playbook." The strategist said Warren could possibly salvage her career as a Democrat if her advisers dissuade her from having further outbursts of integrity in the future: "Someone needs to sit her down and say, we are the party of Dukakis, the party of Mondale. This is not how we do.”

WASHINGTON – What some insiders are calling a “rash display of backbone” last week could endanger Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)’s career as a Democrat, leading party operatives said today.

“She stood up for what she believed in and didn’t try to water it down,” said Democratic strategist Harland Dorrinson. “That is a serious violation of the Democratic playbook.”

The strategist said Warren could possibly salvage her career as a Democrat if her advisers dissuade her from having further outbursts of integrity in the future: “Someone needs to sit her down and say, we are the party of Dukakis, the party of Mondale. This is not how we do.”

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Andy’s Bit’z’ of Newz

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The budget deal is proof that if our two parties put aside their differences and work together, they can come up with a horrible monstrosity that everybody hates.

Civics lesson: all three branches of government are branches of JP Morgan Chase.

The fact that Elizabeth Warren is an actual Democrat means she will never get the Democratic nomination.

Obama has taken a government that used to be known for torture and turned it into one that signs climate change deals. What is he doing to our brand?

When liberal Hollywood execs are making racist jokes about Obama, that’s a pretty strong sign that the US isn’t post-racial just yet.

Bush: “I would have strongly objected to the CIA’s torture methods if I had been President.”

My conclusion from the torture report is that I wish Bush had taken up painting eight years earlier.

Bush blasted the CIA torture report without reading it, so I guess he’s still strongly pro-torture and anti-reading.

The degree to which Dick Cheney constantly draws attention to himself makes me wonder if he doesn’t realize he’s a war criminal.

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Cheektowaga Dems Blast Frank Max

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Frank Max

A press release from the Cheektowaga Democratic Committee accuses former chairman and accused pension-padder Frank Max of pretending to be a sort of committee-in-exile. Max and his recent “WNY Progressive Caucus” or “AwfulPAC” effort is now under serious investigation, possibly by federal prosecutors.

At a recent meeting of the Cheektowaga Democratic Party this past Monday, December 8, former party chairman, Frank Max was denounced for openly conducting business under the old Progressive Democrat Club, which has no connection to the official Cheektowaga Democratic Party which is headed by the new Chairman Mark Wegner.

Frank Max lost his election for Chairman, but is still playing Chairman as if he is a political party, which he is not. Max is aligned with many Pigeon operatives that you have read about and the investigation continues to this date.
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#NOTONEWELL! Rally Against Fracking and For Renewable Energy Outside Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address


On January 7th in Albany, New York, it is URGENT that we send a loud message to Governor Cuomo: NOT ONE FRACKING WELL!

Governor Cuomo has announced that the state’s fracking health review, on which he has said his decision hinges, will be completed by December 31.

An overwhelming body of science shows that fracking endangers our health, water, and climate. But with the election over, Cuomo may issue a health review that was conducted in secret and open New York to fracking.

Alarmingly, the governor recently said there was science on both sides of the issue, when we know that science increasingly shows just how dangerous fracking is.

January 7 is Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, and we need every single New Yorker against fracking in Albany to tell Cuomo we will not accept even ONE WELL.

It is imperative that we pack the Capitol to call on him to reject fracking and fracking infrastructure, and lead New York in a transition to safe renewable energy.

What: Not One Well! Rally to Reject Fracking and Fracking Infrastructure, Prevent Climate Change, and Promote Renewable Energy

When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Where: Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York

RSVP and Invite Friends on Facebook:


For a Shuttle in the Albany/Capital District region contact Susan Weber at sweber2@nycap.rr.comor at 518-462-3247

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Letter to the Editor

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George Mitchell, who developed hydrofracking in Texas, said fracking wastes an enormous amount of water. He recognized that fracking makes water uncleanable for future human use. Years ago, the fracking industry took note and lobbied for a host of exemptions under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. The industry recognized that fracking would be profitable only if they made it difficult for people to sue for loss of drinking water and land value.

Much heavily polluted frack water remains underground and is under huge pressure. It will eventually reach the aquifers long after the frack companies have disappeared from the scene of their environmental crime and future generations will wonder why their aquifers are becoming polluted.

They will search the history e-books and discover a certain Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


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Syracuse Bishop Considers Outing Priests With Credible Sexual Abuse Accusations Against Them


The Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has found credible evidence that as many as nine of its priests sexually abused children, but has not made their names public.

Bishop Robert Cunningham might change that. He’s considering publishing the names of every priest against whom the church has found credible allegations of child sexual abuse.

Cunningham said he’s been thinking about a request from Kevin Braney, a Colorado man who says Monsignor Charles Eckermann raped him as a child at a Manlius church 25 years ago.

Eckermann would be on the list. The diocese and the Vatican found Braney’s accusations credible.
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As Time For Special Session Wanes, Cuomo Says he Wants Ethics, Finance Reforms

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Legislature are planning a sneak attack on the taxpayers with special (after the election) session to pass secret undeserved pay raise …….. hoping voters will forget in 2 years.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he wants ethics and campaign finance reforms on the table if legislators are going to come back to Albany before the first of the year to seek a pay raise.

“I’m interested in campaign finance reforms, public finance,” he said. “Additional ethics, rules on how your outside income is earned, who your clients are, etc. So I’m interested in pursuing those items. The Legislature is interested in increasing their pay, which frankly you could make the case for. … The pay structure of our agencies is upside down because there haven’t been adjustments to pay.”

Cuomo said he hasn’t had discussion with leaders about how much a pay raise would be worth. The likely ideas that have been floated are an increase from the current $79,500 salary to something near or more than $100,000 or to levels above that of New York City’s Council (more than $100,000).
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NFTA’s Financial Future Looks Bleak

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With reserves empty, agency seeks state help

A gloomy financial future faces the agency that runs public transportation in Erie and Niagara counties.

As Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners consider a proposed $217 million budget for the next fiscal year, they learned Thursday that:

• All financial reserves are drained.

• The agency faces a $10 million shortfall for new construction projects.

• Ridership is dropping significantly.

• Commuters are returning to their cars as gasoline prices drop.

Even with all those problems, no fare hikes or layoffs are included in the new budget, scheduled for a vote on Dec. 18.

But NFTA Chairman Howard A. Zemsky hinted such actions may be discussed and capital projects could be on the table, if Albany fails to respond to the local agency’s needs.
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This may slow the LRRT extension anywhere ~ however they could be just crying wolf because they can sniff out that Albany has a surplus and want to get to the head of the line for their “fare” share

If things are so bad, why are there no budget layoffs?

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Cruz: Stop Blaming Bush for Things He Did

by Andy Borowitz

(The Borowitz Report)—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on Thursday, telling reporters, “I’m sick and tired of people blaming George W. Bush for things he did.”

In the aftermath of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, Cruz said, “Democrats have been busy with their favorite game again: bringing up catastrophic things that President Bush did and then blaming him for them.”

The Texas Senator raised the invasion of Iraq as an example of something that “Bush gets blamed for simply because he did it.”

“Just because President Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, costing thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, does that mean he should bear the blame for it?” he asked.

“America is not a place where you get blamed for things simply because they never would have happened unless you did them.”

He urged each of his Democratic colleagues “to look in the mirror and ask yourselves whether you want to be blamed for disasters you have personally created? In my case, the answer is a resounding ‘no.’”

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