Many people are aware that Binghamton is the epicenter for proposed fracking in New York State. Although there would not likely be any fracking in the City of Binghamton itself, the stand that Binghamton takes on fracking in the Southern Tier sends a powerful message about the willingness of local residents to either allow or oppose fracking. For the last 8 years we have been blessed with a very strong anti-fracking/pro-environment mayor - Matt Ryan. The choice of his successor is a crucial one to the anti-fracking fight. That is why NYRAD chose to ask each of the mayoral candidates to define their stands on this issue. Please read the alert below and most importantly, TAKE ACTION by assisting the candidate who reflects your concerns. There are only 8 days left before the election, and remember that anyone who is concerned about this issue can help with getting out the vote, phone banking, or other ways of volunteering.
NYRAD (New York Residents Against Drilling)
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Voter Education Alert Regarding Shale Fracking
One of our most important Democratic rights is casting votes to elect government officials.
In the next nine days, alerting and educating voters to a major electoral contest in the City of Binghamton could determine the course of shale fracking public policy decisions in New York State.
You are urged to take immediate action to learn about this critical race and to participate in deciding its outcome fairly and democratically. See information below.
Hugely Important Race for City of Binghamton Mayor: Democrat Teri Rennia versus Republican Richard David
One of New York's most dedicated and effective shale fracking activists these last four years has been the most honorable Matthew T. Ryan, the Democratic Mayor of Binghamton, NY. Thanks to Matt's incredible leadership on the front lines, his Southern Tier city has become the epicenter of the national shale fracking debate.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Matt's term of office finishes on 12/31/13 after eight great years of service to his hometown. Since he is term-limited, the election for his successor will be decided in nine days on 11/5/13.
The candidates to succeed Matt are Democrat Teri Rennia, who is the current Binghamton City Council President, and Republican Richard C. David, a former Deputy Mayor of Binghamton and local businessman.
NYRAD Binghamton Mayoral Candidate Environmental Questionnaire
NYRAD (New York Residents Against Drilling) sent both Binghamton mayoral candidates a detailed environmental questionnaire on 10/11/13 with a response deadline of 10/16/13. The candidates were asked to spell out their positions on Marcellus Shale Gas Fracking, Brownfields redevelopment and other critical environmental concerns so that voters could understand their positions on key environmental issues.
Only Teri Rennia answered the Environmental Questionnaire by the requested deadline.
Mr. David did not respond to NYRAD's written request for information about his environmental positions.
Ms. Rennia made her shale fracking concerns known in an open, transparent way. She spelled out an array of concerns about shale fracking hazards that could impact Binghamton's urban neighborhoods. She referred to her City Council support for a two-year fracking moratorium in the City of Binghamton.
She supports New York's current shale fracking moratorium as well as putting the DOH "health impact analysis" Review on-hold.
She supports undertaking a comprehensive shale fracking "Public Health Impact Study."
She opposes conducting shale fracking on a "demonstration basis."
Ms. Rennia also wrote to outline concerns about sustainable energy and climate change.
You are invited to read her detailed Environmental Questionnaire response.
Take Action Today to Exercise Your Democratic Rights: Volunteer, Contribute, Get Out the Vote, Talk to Your Neighbors, Cast Your Ballot for the Binghamton Mayoral Candidate of Your Choosing.
Friends of Teri Rennia
PO Box 1411 Binghamton, NY 13902
Friends to Elect Rich David
45 Court St
Binghamton, NY 13901