upstate vs downstate
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein wrote a scathing letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday, accusing New York City’s Department of Environmental Conservation of acting like an “occupying nation” while in Ulster County. But today during a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg casually dismissed Mr. Hein’s complaints.
“I thought I’d give him Newt Gingrich’s phone number,” Mayor Bloomberg said, referencing a recent potshot the presidential candidate took against him. “They both seem to focus on New York City and I’m not quite sure why.”
Apparently, Hydrofracking makes Hulk mad. Mark Ruffalo, who’s set to play the famous green superhero strongman in the “Avengers” movie due out next May, was among the celebrities and politicians who turned out to show their opposition to the controversial natural gas drilling technique today. Mr. Ruffalo appeared along with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, actress Debra Winger, State Senator Daniel Squadron and others at an anti-fracking press conference ahead of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s hearing to review regulations for hydrofracking, which is popular shorthand for hydraulic fracturing.