This Week in Politics: Cuomo Signals Fracking Delay as Lopez Keeps His Opponent

On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch the region.

In Run-up to Debate, Mayors’ Group Launches Gun Control Ad

Just days before the first presidential debate in Denver, Colo., Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group put out with a new television advertisement focused on getting President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to address the topic of gun control.

Series of Delays Has State’s Fracking Backers Skeptical

The Cuomo administration has announced two developments that could delay the start of natural gas drilling in New York, and is leaving supporters and opponents of the drilling technique known as "fracking" with many unanswered questions.

Lopez Opponent Backpedals: I Won't Drop Out of Race

On Wednesday, Richy Garcia had told WNYC he was bowing out of his race against Assemblyman Vito Lopez to pursue other interests. A day later, Garcia, wearing a polo shirt and slacks, was talking to reporters at a diner about his new-found passion for the 53rd Assembly seat.

NY Paid More Than $5M in Sexual Harassment Settlements

The state paid more than $104 million in lawsuit settlements for everything from slip and falls to sexual assault for the fiscal year that ended in March, according to records provided to WNYC by the state under the Freedom of Information Law. New York paid more than $5.2 million to settle 15 sexual harassment cases from 2008 to 2010, records show.