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GOP senate candidate urges action on hydrofracking

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Wendy Long, the Republican Senate candidate challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, is urging swift action on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Wendy Long says a recent announcement by the US geological survey that the Utica Shale deposit, which lies below the Marcellus Shale, is even larger than predicted, should mean even more jobs for New Yorkers. She's urging her opponent in the race, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, to be more supportive of hydrofracking. Governor Cuomo has once again delayed a report on whether to allow the practice, saying health data needs to be reviewed first, but Long says she doesn’t blame Cuomo for delays. Instead she blames what she calls the “celebrity” led opposition that he faces.

“I think he’s in a very lonely place,” Long said.

Long says if elected she’d vote to repeal Obamacare. But she says she would not support a federal tax code overhaul if it meant eliminating state and local tax deductions from federal income taxes.

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