“Gov. Cuomo has found two ways in the same day to take money out of the pockets of taxpayers,” said McLaughlin.  “The decision to defer to the New York State Health Department’s opinion on hydraulic fracking allows Cuomo to remain off the hook on the issue but guarantees that fracking will not happen in the Southern Tier anytime soon.  It’s clear that Cuomo doesn’t care at all about Upstate New York and would rather see it slowly waste away and families move out of state than take a stance on something politically unpopular with his base.  Incidents of problematic fracking are virtually non-existent, and I’ve said before that I believe in it so much I would frack my own backyard if I could.”

          “It is bad politics and bad policy to rely on casinos as a way to turn New York around.  Casinos statistically generate revenue from citizens within a 75 mile radius, which means these economically-devastated areas receiving casino bids will likely produce pockets where citizens struggle even more with their finances.  Instead of providing the Southern Tier economic prosperity, more jobs, and cheaper energy costs, Gov. Cuomo’s casino plan will make a few out-of-state CEOs rich and the majority of nearby residents poorer.”


Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.



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commented 2014-12-18 20:44:53 -0500 · Flag
Fracking has been done since 1904. Never a word about it until the liberal think tank scratched their heads and came up with an idea. Casinos can produce jobs and cash, but when the economy tanks so do they. Ask Indiana. I have friends who worked in the casinos there. Jobs went away really fast when the economy tanked. Look at the ones closing in NJ and NV!! Proof right there. Cuomo doesn’t have any better ideas than Obama.
commented 2014-12-18 10:34:00 -0500 · Flag
The Governor playing politics as usual. What happens when these casino’s are built and they are unprofitable. Look around at the casino’s losing money, laying off people and closing. Bad decision all the way around.
commented 2014-12-18 10:09:06 -0500 · Flag
Casino’s provide nothing long term. I am sure a few politicians will find some benefit. Where are manufacturing / Engineering jobs, with long term positive results for our communities ? Not in upstate New York. Shallow thinkers making major decisions.
Steve McLaughlin for Assembly