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Page 1 THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT The Legislative Gazette September 21, 2010 Vol. 34 Number 4 P.O. Box 7329, Albany, NY 12224

The Legislative Gazette

September 21, 2010 INS IDE

Governor Paterson honors officers of the year in Capitol ceremony ...................................Page 2

New strategies unveiled in fight for same-sex marriage

Field solidified in 46th Senate District race

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....................................Page 4 Dr. Alan Chartock’s column

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...................................Page 8 SUNY charter head is departing

Paladino says Cuomo is ‘gonna get vetted’ C

By JOHN REISMAN Gazette staff writer

arl Paladino, who won a come- from-behind landslide victory against Rick Lazio in the Sept. 14

GOP Republican primary for governor, is challenging Democrat Andrew Cuomo to a series of debates before the general election. As of press time there

has been no response from the Cuomo camp, but Paladino said he expects the attorney general to debate him “every day” on issues such as health care, small business, taxes and state spending. When asked about his primary victory, Paladino, in a telephone interview with The Legislative Gazette, summed his feelings up in three words: “It was awesome.” The multi-millionaire Buffalo-area real


estate developer garnered 63 percent of the vote to Lazio’s 37 percent. Paladino, 64, has never run for elected

office and pumped $3 million of his own money into his primary race against Lazio. Paladino pledged to spend up to $10 million

See Paladino on page 10 AP photo

Carl Paladino receives a hug on stage after winning the New York state Republican gubernatorial primary in Buffalo Sept. 14. Paladino said he is hoping to schedule a series of debates with Andrew Cuomo, his Democratic opponent.

in Binghamton last week hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency is taking testimony as it prepares a study on the controversial process of horizontal hydraulic fracturing as a way to extract natural gas. The public hearing at the Broome County

Forum in Binghamton was the last of four held by the EPA throughout the country. The meetings were intended to gather input from the public and other stakeholders in designing the agency’s plan to study the effects, if any, of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is

a method of gas mining where high- pressured water, sand and chemicals are pumped deep into the earth to break apart rocks and allow natural gas to be released. The hearing had been postponed twice because of concerns of overcrowding and

inadequate security. The EPA found the forum in Binghamton to be a suitable venue for the event. “The EPA ran a very tight meeting, very civil,” said Kate Sinding of the

National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group that opposes hydraulic fracturing in New York. Opponents were animated during the hearings, some wearing hazmat suits,

EPA hears from NY on fracking debate M

By JOHN REISMAN Gazette staff writer

ore than 1,500 supporters and opponents of hydraulic fracturing rallied at two hearings

Gazette file photos

Opponents, left, and supporters, above, of hydraulic fracturing, pictured here during a rally in Albany earlier this year, converged in downtown Binghamton last week to provide testimony to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

another dressed up as a billionaire handing out fake money. One individual carried a mock oil derrick.

See Debate on page 10

Paterson issues his ‘most difficult veto’ N

By MICHAEL GORMLEY The Associated Press

ew York Gov. David A. Paterson vetoed a bill Sunday aimed at helping welfare recipients with

AIDS and the HIV virus by limiting the amount of rent charged them. The Democratic governor said it was “the hardest veto” he has every issued, but added that the state could not afford the $20 million

For more election coverage see pages 5,6 and 7

in yearly subsidies the program would cost. “This is my most difficult veto,” Paterson

said. “I recognize, sadly, the history of the See Veto on page 11

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