Cuomo: Offshore Drilling Near NYC Would Be ‘Act of Insanity’

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at Point Lookout in Hempstead, Long Island, Friday. (Kevin Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will do whatever he can to fight any federal proposal to expand offshore drilling if it includes areas off New York state.

The Democrat made his remarks Friday at an event on Long Island where he announced that additional pieces of the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be reused to create more artificial reefs.

Cuomo says it would be an “act of insanity” to allow drilling off New York. He said the state predicts that an oil spill close to New York City would impact the entire region’s coastline and send pollution up the Hudson River as far as Poughkeepsie.

While the state can’t control federal waters, it could prohibit pipelines being built from drilling platforms to the New York mainland.

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