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In Post-Debate Release, DiSanto Attacks Golden on “Hydrofracking”

October 6, 2010


22nd State Senate candidate Mike DiSanto


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!

  1. The debate about yesterday's debates -- They should all "Drop...." permalink
    October 7, 2010 7:14 am

    Let me start by saying I wasn’t at any debates yesterday. And if Janelle Hyer-Spencer’s not being at one or both of them is telling anybody to “Drop Dead”, then my not being there is my way of telling all of the candidates to “Drop Dead”.

    TJIUA’s bloggers think that Republicans are thoughtless sheep and they are shepherds. Just remember what Kinsey said a lot of shepherds do to the sheep. “Baa…AAHHHH!”

    Three different commentators on the other blog would have you believe they were at the debate at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center. If they were there, they came disguised as seniors, tables and chairs, or the candidates. Since, they weren’t there how could they know how good or bad a reception Marty Golden received? Simple answer, they couldn’t.

    Regular readers of “Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn” know that Eaton’s hate blogs cannot be relied upon for accuracy in anything. To borrow a line from Mary Therese McCarthy, “Every word [they post] is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

    The real big news out of the debates is that Marty Golden was there at all. Of course, debates back in his home district are not the same as key votes on the Senate floor, which State Senator Golden seems to be missing more and more. Maybe, the new issue in this election is Marty Golden’s health.

    Why does he suddenly look so bad at times? Why is he missing so many votes in Albany? And why does his new poster make him look twenty years older and like Charles Durning?

    My sources have told me that several times at yesterday’s debates State Senator Golden seemed confused and at a loss for words. Once or twice DiSanto even semed to verbally bully Golden, according to one wag I know.

    But what do I know about it? I wasn’t there. As far as I’m concerned they can all “Drop….”


  2. The debate about yesterday's debates (cont.) -- Eaton's Jig is Up Atlas Bloggers not even close to the truth! permalink
    October 7, 2010 8:32 pm

    Earlier today, on TJUIA “The Only Person Who Politically Dropped Dead …said…” that about thirty (30) TJIUA commentators were at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center debate on October 6, 2010, later he dropped that number to twenty (20). The connotations of the comment of “The Only Person Who …”, gives the clear implication that he polled or talked to all of them ( 20 or 30) before he did his posting (“Oh, what a tangled web we weave….”).

    First, I doubt that twenty to thirty (20-30) people read TJIUA and certainly such a grandiose number don’t make comments there, anonymous or otherwise. I am relatively certain that the six or half dozen “people” who made comments about the debate are in reality one or two real living and breathing human beings. Regardless, whether the real number is 1, 2, 4, 6, 20 or 30 their description of the October 6th debates is highly suspect, especially since they can’t even get it together as to whether or not Janele H-S was at this or that debate or not (way to go “AAA at 10/07/2010” and “The Only Person Who [quoted “AAA …”]); this may be a minor point to Eaton’s Jigsters, but it’s somewhat significant to the rest of us people who believe that facts matter.

    As I said before, I wasn’t at any of the debates so far, and will probably miss all of them, if I’m lucky. In any case, I’ll trust the reports from my operatives as to what happens at the debates, rather than anything I see on Eaton’s factually challenged TJIUA.

  3. Lemon Zinger permalink
    October 7, 2010 9:46 pm

    Marty is an awful debater. He must of said “The State of New York” about 75 times. He has no idea what he is doing. He is asleep at the wheel. DiSanto isn’t much better however.

    Did anybody else see the photo of Marty in this week’s Home Reporter? They used a pic of when Marty was 25 years old. We all know Marty’s dandruff flakes are at least 25 years old.

  4. The debate about yesterday's debates (cont. II) permalink
    October 8, 2010 6:52 am

    They still can’t get it together at over at TJIUA on their debate story. Janele Hyer-Spencerwas either at the debates or she wasn’t and the TJIUA commentators were either at the debates or they weren’t.

    Maybe the Jiggerzatz don’t know the difference between singular and plural. Maybe, theyare full of it.

    As for how many Jigizupstartz there are let’s ask an old friend, Snoopy. “Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more, the Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ up a score….”

    It doesn’t matter how many there are for my purposes. If there is no apology for the un-American remarks from Craig Eaton’s operatives over at “The Jig is Up Atlas”, whatever the number of bloggers and commentators, they will all be jakes paint.

    Like Santa Claus once said, “I’m makin’ a list, and checkin’ it twice….”. That’s so I can say, like one of America’s true heroes, Senator Joseph McCarthy, USMCR, “I have a list of agents….”

  5. Lots of posters for Marty Golden; what does it all mean? permalink
    October 11, 2010 5:34 pm

    Debates have occurred and both candidates are still running active campaigns.

    Marty Golden has days full of reaching various commuity organizations.

    Based upon my own observations of the Bay Ridge shopping avenues, Marty Golden posters are almost everywhere. Lots of money was put into the posters and effort into their distribution.

    Oddly, there have been few if any lawn signs.

    What does it all mean?

    What does any of it mean?

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