Lance Bass and Others: ‘What the Frack, Governor Cuomo?’

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Lance Bass, eyebrow arched.

Environmental activists opposed to fracking in upstate New York have never been shy about enlisting celebrities–Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono even have a song on the topic–and now former ‘N Sync heartthrob Lance Bass is joining the cause. Continue reading “Lance Bass and Others: ‘What the Frack, Governor Cuomo?’”

Are the Frackers Force-Feeding Us Poisonous Water or Are We Drinking the Kool-Aid?

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State Senator Tony Avella holds a public forum on fracking

The debate over whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the State of New York continues to heat up.

State Senator Tony Avella held a public forum this week aiming to dissuade the public from supporting the controversial natural gas drilling procedure. Mr. Avella’s event followed a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo that he is considering permitting it in five counties near the Pennsylvania border: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga.

For the uninitiated, hydraulic fracturing involves injecting a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open rock formations, which contain gas. It has been going on since 1947, but many environmentalists are in a seemingly sudden, even apocalyptic panic mode over the issue, especially in New York. They raise concerns fracking could cause air pollution and contaminate critical groundwater supplies by releasing methane gas and toxic chemicals. One attendee at Mr. Avella’s event even claimed that, if fracking isn’t stopped, we are facing a situation similar to that in the film The Day After Tomorrow.

Continue reading “Are the Frackers Force-Feeding Us Poisonous Water or Are We Drinking the Kool-Aid?”

Roundup: Gingrich’s Chick Flick; Bloomberg Changes His Tune

New Gingrich watched “Bridesmaids” to prep for tonight’s Republican debate.

Mayor Bloomberg said something sort of nice about Occupy Wall Street.

Former Congressman Guy Molinari said something not-so-nice about Chuck Schumer.

State Senator Ruben Diaz is still mad about same sex marriage. Continue reading “Roundup: Gingrich’s Chick Flick; Bloomberg Changes His Tune”

Morning Read: Bloomberg Expands, Schneiderman Probes,

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Front page of Hamodia (via newseum.org)

2012: Cuomo for VP gets a lukewarm reaction here. [Fred Dicker / NY Post]

2013: Tom Allon’s education policies are “more of a reaction” to Bloomberg’s policies. [Geoffrey Decker / Gotham Schools]

NY-9: Columnist says Weprin is running in order to boost his bid for comptroller in 2013. [Mike Barry / Anton News]

NY-9: District leader wants reform to nominating candidates in special elections. [Lincoln Restler / Brooklyn Paper]

NY-9: “Does this mean there will be a Democratic primary?” [Dee Richard / Times Ledger]

NY-9: Turner’s 2010 result highest for a Republican since the 1980s. [Domenick Rafter / Queens Tribune]

Mortgage Probe: California attorney general considers joining Schneiderman’s probe. They met in San Francisco yesterday. [Nathaniel Popper and Alejandro Lazo / LA Times]

LDC Probe: Schneiderman requested records from LDC in Monroe. Group expect it’ll cost $25,000. [Jil Terreri / Democrat and Chronicle]

Fracking: Opponent raises concerns about ties between Cuomo’s girlfriend “and the petroleum industry.” [Casey Seiler / Times Union]

Cyber-bullying: Quinn urges victims to come forward. [Jonathan Lauinger / Daily News]

Bloomberg’s Reach: Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate $24 million to help mayor’s in other cities. [Michael Saul / WSJ]

Charter School: One in Bed-Stuy and two in Newark won’t open this fall, after founder walks away. [Anna Phillips / New York Times]

Wal-Mart: Inez Barron calls for probe into land deal in Brooklyn where store may open. [Rich Calder / NY Post]

Homeless Shelter: Opponents of Chelsea location send letters to Quinn and Bloomberg; for now, opening is delayed. [Meredith Hoffman / DNA Info]