New York Gov. Gets Kudos, Scorn After Fracking Ban
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn’t his.
Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday followed Cuomo’s re-election last month, which the Democrat won easily as expected.
Quinnipiac University Poll’s Mickey Carroll said the political impact is likely to be limited and the decision was predictable.
“One area where it’s going to hurt old Andrew is in the Southern Tier. They wanted the money,” Carroll said. “Andrew Cuomo, for all the baloney that’s written about him, is a liberal Democrat.”
Marist Poll’s Lee Miringoff said the decision plays well toward a national Democratic constituency, if that was part of any calculation.
“Whether Cuomo is keeping an eye to that or not, it’s anybody’s guess,” Miringoff said. “But certainly if you ever are considering taking the show on the road, you want to be on the side of fracking that he’s on for Democrats.”
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