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Last night's other big winner: Opposition to hydrofracking

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 05:14 PM

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Last night was a big night for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who came out looking like the person who gained the most from big wins in Westchester, Erie and Suffolk Counties. But there was another major winner in last night's elections. It happened much further down ticket, in a series of local races in Central New York.

The message--louder in some places, but consistent--from communities that would constitute ground zero in the natural gas drilling boom, were hydraulic fracturing were to come to New York, was: Drilling is unwelcome here.

In the most watched set of elections happening in Otsego County, Democratic candidates for the county legislature, who had made this year's election a kind of referendum on hydrofracking, gained two seats in the Republican-controlled body.

While anti-fracking candidates were unable to gain control of the county legislature, down ticket candidates scored significant victories as town supervisors and board members. "We Won!!!" screamed the headline on the website for Sustainable Otsego, the group backing anti-drilling candidates across the county.

Outside of the more high-profile races in Otsego, races in other nearby counties--Delaware, Steuben, Sullivan, and Tompkins Counties, in particular--local candidates also won on anti-fracking platforms.

In the town of Dryden in Tompkins County, incumbents who had supported a ban on drilling were reelected. In Sidney, over in Delaware County, a coalition of anti-fracking candidates won the open two seats on the town board and the clerk's position.

Of course, it wasn't a clean sweep. In the towns of Mamakating and Liberty in Sullivan County, pro-drilling candidates won positions as town supervisors. And as the Sustainable Otsego website points out, 15 of the seats they were hoping to win were not. But with so many candidates clearly arguing against the drilling process and winning, the message from last night is that many voters in Central New York are opposed to the process.

And the person this affects the most is Governor Andrew Cuomo. As polls have shown, opposition to hydrofracking--something the Governor is not overtly opposed to--is strongest in upstate communities. If the message in last night's elections is relatively clear, so too is its target. Whether the Governor is receptive still remains to be seen.

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Comments [10]

Bowhunttt

Natural gas is coming .You cant stop it with all you false information.The reason it is coming is that intelligent people can see through your mask..Science and fact will win the day New york needs this. One accident in Dimmock does not a monster make.You throw backs to the 60s have a lot of nerve telling a taxpaying veteren what he cannot do with his land.People need jobs .We all cant occupy like you. Your going to have to suck it up and endure a little truck traffic This is still America

Nov. 22 2011 04:10 PM
Bowhunttt

Natural gas is coming .You cant stop it with all you false information.The reason it is coming is that intelligent people can see through your mask..Science and fact will win the day New york needs this. One accident in Dimmock does not a monster make.You throw backs to the 60s have a lot of nerve telling a taxpaying veteren what he cannot do with his land.People need jobs .We all cant occupy like you. Your going to have to suck it up and endure a little truck traffic This is still America

Nov. 22 2011 04:10 PM
Lawrence Van GarrettPhotograph

that tourist industry and money will dissapear plan and simple.  My idea is this, if it is so safe and will not hurt us, let those who are for it sign a contract that all waste from hydrofracking wil be dumped on your lawn and in your water and wells.  If this is not ok, then shut it!

Nov. 16 2011 08:14 PM
Lawrence Van GarrettPhotograph

that tourist industry and money will dissapear plan and simple.  My idea is this, if it is so safe and will not hurt us, let those who are for it sign a contract that all waste from hydrofracking wil be dumped on your lawn and in your water and wells.  If this is not ok, then shut it!

Nov. 16 2011 08:14 PM
thelawrence71

First of all you may have certain rights to do what want on your land but when it comes to destroying other people's safety, water and air due to the noise and air pollution hydrofracking causes, you do not have that right.  This stat is not broke and will not be fixed by the NG companies coming in.  It will ruin us.  Ny is a billion dollar tourist business and when the gas companies come in and destroy our roads and water which they are not liable to repair or fix, your local townships will be forced to raise your taxes to fix them.  

Nov. 16 2011 08:12 PM
thelawrence71

First of all you may have certain rights to do what want on your land but when it comes to destroying other people's safety, water and air due to the noise and air pollution hydrofracking causes, you do not have that right.  This stat is not broke and will not be fixed by the NG companies coming in.  It will ruin us.  Ny is a billion dollar tourist business and when the gas companies come in and destroy our roads and water which they are not liable to repair or fix, your local townships will be forced to raise your taxes to fix them.  

Nov. 16 2011 08:12 PM
Freestate

downright illogical putting a stop to NG drilling upstate - you guys are pretty much broke! I get all those people that wants their retirement land free from industry, but for all you other folks to vote against this redemption based on claims spun out of proportion - I absolutely don't get it,   lift your heads every-once in a while and put things in perspective - it seems that the anti movement has lost most. you guys have a chance to prosper - and be provided with an opportunity to actually do something for your communities - opinions and talk will only bring you so much - eventually the lack of resources will catch up with you upstate locals. deep inside I guess a lot of you people have realized you've been fooled by the fanatics and the city cats - and now it would be shameful to turn on the issue - well here's a humble advice - its never too late 

Nov. 11 2011 10:19 PM
Freestate

downright illogical putting a stop to NG drilling upstate - you guys are pretty much broke! I get all those people that wants their retirement land free from industry, but for all you other folks to vote against this redemption based on claims spun out of proportion - I absolutely don't get it,   lift your heads every-once in a while and put things in perspective - it seems that the anti movement has lost most. you guys have a chance to prosper - and be provided with an opportunity to actually do something for your communities - opinions and talk will only bring you so much - eventually the lack of resources will catch up with you upstate locals. deep inside I guess a lot of you people have realized you've been fooled by the fanatics and the city cats - and now it would be shameful to turn on the issue - well here's a humble advice - its never too late 

Nov. 11 2011 10:19 PM
Cape May Donna

Opposition in SOME upstate communities...let's be clear on that!

Nov. 10 2011 05:12 PM
Cape May Donna

Opposition in SOME upstate communities...let's be clear on that!

Nov. 10 2011 05:12 PM

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