In Post-Debate Release, DiSanto Attacks Golden on “Hydrofracking”
We here at Atlas have had our differences with Sen. Marty Golden (christened “The Golden Prince” by one of my colleagues, a Machiavelli reference surely). That does not, however, mean we endorse his opponent Michael DiSanto, a Democratic reformer.
Indeed, like the average voter, we are still researching whom we believe to be the best candidates to serve our borough’s communities.
But we do take notice of debates and issues raised at them. That’s why we were intruiged to receive this press release from the Mike DiSanto campaign:
Oct 06, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – Senator Martin Golden revealed his enthusiastic support for the controversial practice of “hydrofracking” at the Candidates Forum on Wednesday morning at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center. To cries of “No” from members of the audience, Senator Golden defended the practice, and dismissed concerns that it would harm the water quality of New York City, which is currently one of the best in the nation. Golden stated that “there is plenty of space in this great State to do hydrofracking.”
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is a process of stimulating natural gas wells by pumping chemicals into underground rock formations. The process has become controversial because of concerns about human health, the environment, and economic concerns. In New York, these concerns are especially serious because of the threat that toxins, carcinogens and natural gas itself might be introduced to the water supply of New York City. These concerns led the New York State Senate to pass a temporary moratorium on the practice, a vote for which Senator Golden was not present.
Michael DiSanto, a community activist and State Senate candidate for the 22nd District, stated his opposition to the practice and challenged Senator Golden to explain why he was the only Senator absent for the highly publicized vote. He also challenged Golden on his pattern of missing key votes, including the vote to create a sales tax on clothing purchases under $110, and a key vote on a firearm microstamping bill to help law enforcement track down violent gun criminals. After walking out of the vote on microstamping, Senator Golden eventually admitted that he would have voted against it, despite sponsoring a previous version of the bill.
Golden has not responded to repeated press inquiries on his reasons for missing the votes, and failed to explain his absences at the Forum.
We like Mr. DiSanto’s pro-reform stance, but we are unsure if we know how he would legislate in Albany.
That’s fine. In time, we will center on his positions more properly.
In the meantime, those of our readers in the 22nd State Senate District are free to examine the issue of hydrofracking themselves, as we are presently.
We looked to see if there was also a statement up on Sen. Golden’s website, but we saw the most recent post was from May 2010.
Apparently, Marty’s dropping the ball when it comes to his website.
Nevertheless, we welcome a comment and/or press release from the Golden campaign so we can provide it to our readers.
Also, more coverage on the local races upcoming this week!