Cuomo lets the clock run on the fracking debate

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Briefing: Andrew Cuomo. (Chris Cuomo via yfrog.)
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has said government is not a debate society. But when it comes to the years-long study of questions related to the prospect of fracking in New York, Cuomo's position is that the debate is not over.

The Times and Journal report on Cuomo's call for a new round of studies to measure the environmental impact of the procedure, which would spur economic development but critics warn could hurt the environment, even with restrictions.

With state employment figures stagnant, the lure of fracking is obvious. But as Cuomo is surely aware, he'd also be taking a public hit by allowing it, and would figure into most every story written about its ongoing environmental impact. 

The Journal quotes a gas industry executive who called Cuomo's foot-dragging "disgraceful." The Times, meanwhile, says that abandoning the fracking cause "would risk Mr. Cuomo's relationship with The New York Post, which strongly advocates for drilling."

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Among the strongest advocates for drilling at the Post is state editor Fred Dicker, who is writing a biography of Cuomo with the governor's cooperation.

Quote of the Day

"Our lawyers disagree."—Adam Lisberg, an M.T.A. spokesman, responding to a Post editorial calling their new regulations of advertisements "laughable."

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."

10:30 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn testifies at Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, in Manhattan Appellate Courthouse, 27 Madison Ave., in Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. Quinn tours a job training center City Councilwoman Carmen Arroyo, Dept. of Small Business Services and 1199 SEIU members, at 400 East Fordham Rd., in the Bronx.

1:30 PM Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after visiting the Boxee headquarters and discussing efforts to NYC's tech industry, on the 8th Flr. of 122 W. 26th St., in Manhattan.

2 p.m. Assembly candidate Phil Gim unveils his plan to reform Albany's legislative process, at his campaign office, at 31-22 Union St., in Flushing.

5 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the dedication of Lincoln Center President’s Bridge and Donor Wall, at 165 W. 65th St., in Manhattan.

5 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the opening of the Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater, at 337 West 20th St., in Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. Quinn attends and march against gun violence, with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Bishop Mitchell Taylor, at 40-15 10th St., in Queens.

6:45 p.m. Councilman Stephen Levin hosts a free screening of "Gasland," a documentary about fracking, at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, at 70 Henry St., in Brooklyn.

7:30 p.m. Lambda Independent Democrats have their endorsement meeting, at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, at 53 Prospect Park West, in Brooklyn.

7:45 p.m. Bloomberg hosts a reception for NYC Connects 2012, at Gracie Mansion.

2012 / Washington

Romney is looking for an issue other than the economy and Obama has stopped trying to convince people the economy is improving. Why? Because "Party identification appeared, at times, to trump voters experience of reality." [Ben Smith]

Flashback: "[I]t seems that opinions about the campaign are driving opinions about the economy." [Annie Lowrey]

Obama's visits to New York City cost Kennedy Airport $2 million in additional security. [Josh Margolin]

The "Obama campaign needs Mr. Katzenberg more than ever." [Peter Nichols and Erica Orden]

"Dancing with the Stars" is where both campaigns want to place their ads. [Jeremy Peters]

Two races were altered by debates: Nixon-Kennedy and Gore-Bush. (And a Gore aide today now has a rejoinder to the Bush post-debate spin.) [John Harwood]

The electoral map is looking good for Obama. [John Cassidy]

There's no consistent political bias in polling. [Nate Silver]

A media columnist rebuts Paul Ryan's complaint of a liberal media bias, noting the strength of the Wall Street Journal, Fox and Rush Limbaugh. [David Carr]

The Times and Washington Post defend their coverage of the White House's changing explanation of the attack in Benghazi. [Dylan Byers]

Lindsay Lohan and a Republican congressional aide, Christian LaBella, got into a scuffle in Manhattan. Police were called. [Larry Celona, Tara Palmeri and Selim Algar]

Senator Chuck Schumer warns that milk prices in New York could double if Congress doesn't pass a new farm bill. [Erin Durkin]

New Jersey

More speculation about Newark mayor Cory Booker's plans for higher office. Also: "Mr. Christie hasn't yet decided whether he will seek a second term, spokesman Michael Drewniak said." [Heather Haddon]

Albany

Cuomo's delays on a ruling about whether to allow fracking is "disgraceful," said the head of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York (which laid off its communications director after some members left the group). [Jacob Gershman]

Calling for a new round of studies has "created a sense in Albany that Mr. Cuomo is consigning fracking to oblivion." [Danny Hakim]

"Gov. Cuomo’s administration is launching an aggressive plan to sign up thousands of ex-cons for taxpayer-financed Medicaid, which they’ll receive once they leave prison." [Carl Campanile]

State Senator Adriano Espaillat: Fracking is "a dangerous process that harms the environment." [nysenate.gov]

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's fund-raiser will feature Ann-Margaret Carrozza, who dropped her Assembly re-election bid in Bayside after she questioned about living full-time in Glen Head, Long Island. [Erik Kriss]

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg will file a lawsuit against a health care provider for reportedly abusing his mentally disabled son. [Danny Hakim]

Is the alliance between Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Bishop DiMarzio waning? [Sharon Otterman]

New York City

City Comptroller John Liu is investigating cost overruns and delays at a Bronx golf course being built by Donald Trump. [Greg Smith]

Council Speaker Christine Quinn backs Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.'s plan to introduce legislation to increase penalties for selling certain master keys that unlock subway gates, firehouses and elevators. [Susan Edelman, Brad Hamilton and Leonard Greene]

A Health Dept. inspector gave a food vendor a $1,000 fine because he said it took him two minutes to find his license. [Sally Goldenberg]

Part of Hudson River Park is "a randy red-light district teeming with transvestites, johns and lurid early-hours sex." [Rebecca Rosenberg]

Sulzberger

The big Times piece on Arthur Ochs Sulzbeger. [Clyde Haberman]

Sulzberger was intent on keeping the paper within the family. [Alex Jones]

Images

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said the network "really messed up" and "I personally apologize to you" for airing live footage of a car chase that ended in a man's suicide being broadcast. [Charlie Spiering]

State Senator Adriano Espaillat discusses his opposition to fracking. [Sherry Mazzocchi]

 

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