Rangel assumes a Cuomo endorsement, Cuomo (or someone) floats a fracking plan

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Briefing: Espaillat. (Marisol Diaz via Riverdale Press)
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Albany

Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering allowing fracking in upstate areas that have expressed support for it. [Danny Hakim]

A Cuomo spokesman told Bloomberg BusinessWeek no plans will be finalized before an environmental study is complete. [Freeman Klopott and Jim Efstathiou Jr.]

The story "has all the earmarks of what we in the news business call a leaked trial balloon in which officials quietly put out a story to gauge reaction." [Rick Karlin]

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"Don't test fracking on poor New Yorkers. Our neighbors should not be our test subjects." [Working Families Party]

From now on, the Committee to Save New York should disclose its donors. [New York Observer]

NY-06

Liz Crowley was endorsed by the Queens Ledger. [Colin Campbell]

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he has a "special bond" with Grace Meng, but stopped short of formally endorsing her. [Liz Benjamin]

Meng's campaign accused Rory Lancman of "repeated distortions of the facts" about their record on Social Security. [Nigel Chiwaya]

Lancman's campaign released video of Meng saying, "The funds are not running out tomorrow. In 2033, even if congress and our government took zero action that there would still be enough funds in there to pay about three-quarters of the benefits." [RRYL]

NY-08

"New York City’s most radical city councilman could end up representing the city’s most politically conservative Jewish community in the U.S. Congress." [Josh Nathan-Kazis]

Retiring congressman Ed Towns said he'll campaign for Barron but will not help him raise money. "I'm not good at that money-raising thing. That's the reason I'm out of here." [Kate Nocera]

Charles Barron "stands a very real chance of defeating" Hakeem Jeffries. [Jewish Press]

NY-13

Adriano Espaillat's name appears on a petition as a candidate for the State Senate. [Gerson Borrero]

Rangel on Cuomo's endorsement: "I assumed that he had." [Laura Nahmias]

Rangel's absence at a Bronx debate did not go unnoticed. [Riverdale Press]

NY-18

Sean Patrick Maloney has raised about $535,000 for the primary. [Michael Johnson]

SD-17

After Nachman Caller dropped out, Republican operative Michael Fragin was hired by Republican state senator David Storobin's campaign. [Chris Bragg]

Elections

Politicians lie because the mainstream media is "trapped in its culture of objectivity" and partly because "national politics [is] becoming a lot more like local politics." [Kevin Drum, h/t Taegan Goodard]

Media

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