Pramilla Malick is a regular Minisink mom, and the Democratic nominee for NYS Senate in the 42nd district of New York. She said at the event’s start:
“Valentine’s Day is an appropriate day for us to send a message to Gov Cuomo and to other elected officials that it’s time to Break Up with Fossil Fuels. Break Up with their lobbyists, break up with their donation money. IT’S TIME TO LOVE NEW YORK, LOVE OUR AIR LOVE OUR WATER AND PUT PEOPLE FIRST”.
Demonstrators at this event were protesting the latest allegations of the corruption of Joseph Percoco, one of the two of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s closest aids, who used ‘ziti’ as a codeword for payoffs tied to Cuomo’s upstate nefarious dealings. Percoco is a long-time friend to the Cuomo family who was considered a “third son” to Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York state from 1983 to 1994. Percoco has been accused publicly of “taking $315k in bribes by robbing a Maryland-based energy company and a Syracuse development firm in pay-to-play schemes”.
From the event’s Facebook page, titled “LOVE NY DON’T FRACK IT UP! CUOMO MUST BREAK UP WITH LOBBYISTS“.
Right now one of the biggest corruption trials in NY’s history is underway involving Cuomo’s closest former aide and an executive from CPV, a company that bought influence at the highest levels of government to build the CPV Valley fracked-gas power plant in Orange County. This plant will lock NYC into fracked gas dependency for the NEXT 40 YEARS!! We know what this means for the climate and for communities from the fracking fields in PA to the power plant. in NY. Absolute catastrophe! This plant alone will support 150 fracking wells per year and increase the state’s greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by 10%. Built on bribes and lies why has Cuomo not yet shut it down?? And even worse, just as this trial began the power plant fired up sickening residents as far as ten miles away.
This story is being covered extensively by major media but no one is reporting on the victims of these alleged crimes. Please use social media or write LTEs to tell the media to cover the victims!!
And then actor James Cromwell spoke briefly but powerfully stating:
“We don’t have a ban a fracking, we have a moratorium. It doesn’t have the power of law behind it, it only has the whim of this Governor and the whim of the next governor. If we want to make a change in this state we have to make sure the next Governor is a Progressive who understands the danger of fossil fuel and these kinds of power plants. There is corruption in Washington, there is corruption in Albany, there is corruption in this city. The only way we’re going to do it is vote for those people who don’t accept money from pacs, from large corporations and from dark money. YOU CAN PROTEST ALL YOU WANT, YOU CAN EVEN GO TO JAIL, IT DOESN’T STOP ANYTHING”.
For my video of James Cromwell’s powerful talk see here:
Actor James Cromwell Actor – Activist speaking briefly yet, powerfully at yesterday's Don't Frack NY event at 40 Foley Square
Posted by Cat Watters on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
The livestream of the entire event I recorded can be seen here: