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Protesters Greet "Gastorino"

"I would explore natural gas drilling.  We are blessed. This region in part is blessed," said Rob Astorino, potential Gubernatorial candidate.

Anticipated GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says what he can bring to Broome County if elected is fracking.

But protesters say that would be anything but a blessing and are now calling the Westcheste County Executive "Gastorino."

"I defiantly don't want fracking in my neighborhood.  I'm part of the chosen counties in the Southern Tier.  I don't want it," said Paula Kaartinen, Spencer resident.

Protestors were hoping to get that message across to Astorino before he spoke at the Lincoln Day dinner in Binghamton Friday.

"The Southern Tier doesn't want fracking.  This is a bad choice for our home people are getting sick just over the border in Pennsylvania," said Isaac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action.

In a sit-down interview with Fox 40 earlier Friday, Astorino said he was confident it could be regulated properly.

"You have the EPA which has give the thumbs up.  You have the internal department which has said you should be doing it and you have the Energy Section of the United States basically mocking New York for not doing anything," said Astorino.

And says stalling fracking is stalling economic growth in the Southern Tier.

Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo says he is awaiting the results of a health study before he makes a decision on fracking--protestors seemed confident he would make the right choice

"Governor Cuomo we really believe he is doing his do diligence and actually looking at the health effcets," said Silberman-Gorn.

"I'm waiting for Cuomo to say I don't want fracking its not good for New York.  If he going to run for president someday, I want him to know this is his legacy," said Kaartinen.


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