NY Fracking Decision Delayed by Cuomo, Too Early to Pop Champagne Bottles

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:06 pm

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration – led by a potential 2016 Democratic Party nominee for president – has announced it won’t achieve the late-Feb. deadline it set on whether or not it would green light shale gas drilling, known by most as “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing).

 

The 2016 Election’s Impact on New York’s Gun Control Laws

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 10:15 am

Under the Leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) New York has become the first state to pass a gun control law in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

Ban Fracking Now: 11 Days to Ban Fracking in New York State

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 5:48 am

After the shutdown of the UB Shale Institute and recent releases of films like Josh Fox’s The Sky is Pink and New Yorkers against Fracking documentary Dear Governor Cuomo, it seemed as if progress was being made.

Then on November 28th, the Department of Environmental Conservation issued proposed regulations for fracking in the state of New York.

LIPA’s Nuclear Hangover Proves Headache for Sandy’s Victims

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 6:50 am

As the sun set on Veterans Day, 2012, tens of thousands of homes on New York’s Long Island prepared to spend another night in darkness. The lack of light was not part of any particular memorial or observance; instead, it was the noisome and needless culmination of decades of mismanagement and malfeasance by a power company still struggling to pay for a now-moldering nuclear plant that never provided a single usable kilowatt to the region’s utility customers.

Cuomo Seeks $30 Billion for Sandy Relief

By: Monday November 12, 2012 11:40 am

Chris Christie thought it a proud moment to claim, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, that all power would be restored in the state of New Jersey. The public suffering most from the effects of the storm has not been amused by the boasts and exhortations of politicians.

New Gas Industry Astroturf: Landowner Advocates of NY Buses Activists to Albany Pro-Fracking Rally

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 11:20 am

A pro-fracking rally held on Oct. 15 in Albany, NY was described by about a dozen local media outlets as a gathering of roughly 1,000 grassroots activists from all walks of life. Unmentioned by any of the news outlets that covered the event was a crucial fact: these weren’t actual “grassroots” activists, but rather astroturf out-of-towners bused in from counties all across the state. Their journey was paid for by the legitimately “well-funded” oil and gas industry, which raked in profits of $1 trillion in the past decade.

Schneiderman’s Office Seeing Staff Exodus

By: Monday October 8, 2012 6:30 pm

Much like a winning sports team, everyone wants to be part of a winner and nobody wants to be part of a loser. If there’s a perception that things are getting done in a political office, and that the office is rising to prominence, in a general sense people want to associate themselves with that. Maybe these staff departures have their particular reasons, and maybe they’re just climbs up the political ladder. The mayor of New York City or the Obama campaign or the New York Governor may be perceived as a step up from the New York Attorney General. I don’t know how Blake Zeff’s departure “to write about the presidential race” fits with that explanation, or all the lawyers leaving. But if the office was nailing corrupt actors left and right and gaining a reputation for toughness and accountability, I just don’t think this would be happening.

Schneiderman Sues JPMorgan Chase; Lawsuit Mirrors Old Cases

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 6:10 am

The delay in bringing the case cost tens of billions of potential exposure for JPMorgan Chase. And more than anything, the lack of federal participation in the suit shows that the federal agencies involved in the task force are simply disinterested in prosecution, forcing Schneiderman to cobble together an off-the-shelf suit from other sources to make it look like this move against the banks represents anything real. The timing, one month before voters go to the polls in the Presidential election, is similarly obvious.

Andrew Cuomo Pressured Into Delaying Approval on Fracking

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:55 am

Here’s a story about the power of independent, outside movements to advance policy arguments. The story about fracking in New York was that it would simply happen, without much resistance from the state government. The special interests were too powerful, there was too much money at stake. In fact, nationally, the fracking boom is key to state and national economies, offering a counterweight to the impact of GDP growth on increasing energy prices (which usually immediately stunts that growth). So the idea that anymore could stop this slow march to a fracked America was dubious

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