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Superb Job on Primary Day/Push Harder Than Ever Until Election Day: 11/4/14

Email Andrew Cuomo to Halt his Secret DOH "Review"

Sign the Coalition Letter Which Requests that Andrew Cuomo Halt Both His Secret DOH "Review" and His Outdated Draft SGEIS


I write to thank everyone who voted in Tuesday's Democratic Gubernatorial Primary and helped to get out the vote on shale fracking concerns. What a magnificent job. Bravo.

We successfully framed Marcellus Shale fracking as a critical reelection campaign issue for Andrew Cuomo. We must now magnify the pressure all the way to election day on November 4th. I will outline below what you can do in the crucial weeks ahead.

Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu's Amazing Achievement

First, please allow me to note that the electoral gains achieved by Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu are ridiculously hard to believe. They are simply mind-boggling.

Zephyr, a political unknown until a few months ago, garnered 34.3% (180,366) of the Gubernatorial votes cast compared with Andrew Cuomo's 62.2% (327,150). Zephyr received a bigger percentage of votes than any primary challenger in the 44 years since New York's Primary system was adopted in 1970.

As you can see below and by using The New York Times' Interactive Map, Zephyr won half (31) of the counties in New York. You can click on each county to see the vote tally:

For example, in Tompkins County where I live, Zephyr received 3,266 votes (70.9%) compared to Andrew Cuomo's 1,274 (27.7%) votes cast. That is a serious thumping.

Zephyr's support extended all the way through the Hudson Valley, the Capital District, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, the Finger Lakes and a good portion of Central New York.

This scenario has huge implications for Andrew Cuomo's reelection run. He has to contend with a brutally embarrassing blow to his prestige that will undermine his goal of being reelected by a historic plurality.

The only reason that Zephyr and Tim lost was because they could not replicate their upstate results in downstate New York. They did extraordinarily well considering that they reportedly raised $324,000.00 compared with Andrew Cuomo's more than $30 million.

They got outspent 40 to one, but had many highly motivated supporters among the 10% of registered Democrats who showed up to vote. That made all the difference in the world. Good work.

Please join me in thanking Zephyr and Tim for signing our coalition letters to halt both the secret Department of Health "review" and the outdated Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).

They played important roles in championing the cause of protecting New Yorkers from shale fracking hazards. With luck, this will be the beginning of many beautiful friendships between them and courageous Fractivists.

What Must be Done Now

In the coming weeks, please bring maximum political pressure to bear on Andrew Cuomo to halt both his secret DOH "review" and his outdated Draft SGEIS.

Andrew Cuomo desperately wants your votes. Fractivists should call, email and make perfectly clear that they will not cast their votes for anyone who does not support that position. It is as simple as that.

What Andrew Cuomo Said on Tuesday

Andrew Cuomo stated plainly in an interview after he voted on Tuesday that the DOH "review" is the linchpin to any decision he will make to permit shale fracking in New York. Jon Campbell of Gannet news service reported Andrew Cuomo saying:

"Let's get a study -- and we have that being done now by the health commissioner and environmental commissioner," Cuomo said (emphasis added). "Study how fracking has worked in other states, how fracking has worked in other countries. Go through the myths or problems, depending on your point of view, and then make a decision based on the science, not on how many protestors show up on one side of the street or the other side of the street.'"

Jon also reported: "There has been virtually no information about the health review disseminated publicly by the Cuomo administration since it was first launched in 2012, and there is no deadline in place for it to be completed. The Department of Environmental Conservation's environmental review, which was first launched in 2008 and keeps the moratorium in place until its completed, awaits the completion of the health analysis."

Kill Both the DOH "Review" and the Draft SGEIS. Require a Meaningful "Public Health Impact Study" Before Shale Fracking is Permitted in New York

Contrary to Andrew Cuomo's assertion, no shale fracking study is being conducted by the Department of Health (DOH). There is only a sham DOH "review" of the inadequate "health impact analysis" in the nearly five year old Draft SGEIS that is being conducted without any written notice or any public participation whatsoever.

We must require both of those improper proceedings to be killed. Instead, a meaningful shale fracking "Public Health Impact Study" must be conducted openly and transparently with full formal public participation before a final shale fracking decision is made.

If that can be achieved, Marcellus Shale fracking would not be permitted in New York for years to come, if ever.

This video of Andrew Cuomo's statement proves that Fractivists invariably bird-dog him. You can also hear him spell out his position about the DOH "review:"

Take Urgent Action Today

Please maximize your efforts to kill both the DOH "review" and Draft SGEIS by incessantly calling and emailing Andrew Cuomo in the weeks to come.

Request that a comprehensive shale fracking "Public Health Impact Study" be conducted openly and transparently with formal public participation.

Tell Andrew Cuomo that you will "remember in November."
Albany: 518-474-8390

New York City: 212-681-4580

Binghamton: 607-721-8367

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Gubernatorial Candidate Positions on Shale Fracking

Whoever is elected Governor of New York on November 4, 2014 will almost certainly make the final decision on whether or not to permit Marcellus Shale fracking in our state.

New Yorkers now have their candidate options on shale fracking clearly defined. I invite you to cast your vote for the candidate of your choice.

A. The Honorable Democratic candidate, Andrew M. Cuomo, supports shale fracking, but has been prevented from green-lighting the practice. If he did not want to permit shale fracking in New York, he would have "kicked the can down the road" years ago.

B. The Honorable Republican candidate, Rob Astorino, strongly supports shale fracking.

C. The Honorable Green candidate, Howie Hawkins, signed our coalition letter to halt the DOH "review" and withdraw the Draft SGEIS. He also vowed to ban fracking if elected.

D. If you do not like any of these options, you can cast your vote for a write-in candidate.

No rest for the weary. Keep slugging.

Onward and upward.

Very best regards,


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