“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.