Join Us for a Rally to Stop Fracking in NY at Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address
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The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.
We’ve never needed your voices more than now. On November 29th, the Department of Environmental Conservation took the reckless step of releasing draft rules and regulations that would sanction the process of fracking in New York State, thus setting the clock ticking on a decision-making process that, absent our intervention, could lead to permits in early 2013. Never mind that the environmental impact statement (sGEIS) that is supposed to serve as a scientific foundation of those regulations has not been released to the public. Never mind that the unfinished health “review” that is supposed to sit at the heart of the sGEIS is shrouded in secrecy. Never mind that the work of the health study is being carried out by three outside experts who are contracted for a mere 25 hours–three days–of their time. Never mind that Governor Cuomo said NO to New York’s own physicians and scientists who have demanded a transparent, comprehensive health impact assessment.
Let’s tell the Governor that everything about this process is wrong: it is backward, undemocratic, hasty, and irrational. A secret, 25-hour health review? Shockingly inadequate. An industry-influenced sGEIS? Fatally flawed. And cart-before-the-horse rulemaking? Un-fracking-believable.
See below to sign up for a bus, contact an organizer in your part of the state or for carpool/parking information.
What: Rally to Stop Fracking in NY at the State of the State Address
When: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Time: 11AM – 3PM
Where: Empire State Plaza – Concourse hallway near the entrance to The Egg (Indoors), Albany, NY
SIGN UP FOR A BUS:
- NYC: http://bit.ly/UbIRhH
- New Paltz: http://bit.ly/S7fSQI
- Kingston: http://bit.ly/ZkYZ7j
- Saugerties: http://bit.ly/ZkYZ7j
- Oneonta: http://bit.ly/VnMEd0
- Cooperstown: http://bit.ly/UoAvmX
- Binghamton: http://bit.ly/
- Ithaca, Caroline (Slaterville Springs) and Whitney Point: https://www.wepay.com/
- Syracuse: http://bit.ly/
- Rochester: http://bit.ly/
- Buffalo: http://bit.ly/W4Bj03
FOR MORE INFO ON ORGANIZING IN THE FOLLOWING REGIONS CONTACT:
Daniel Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Betta Broad at email@example.com
Eric Weltman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Silberman-Gorn at email@example.com
Sara Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Kelsen at email@example.com
Zora Gussow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Yelda at email@example.com
For general inquiries regarding the State of the State action contact Renee Vogelsang at Renee@FrackAction.com
CARPOOL AND PARKING INFO (click here to download)
Carpooling is encouraged to keep the amount of cars to a minimum. We’ll be meeting at 11:00am in the Concourse at the purple pin. Look for anti-fracking signs.
General Directions to the Empire State Plaza
From the South, take the NYS Thruway to Exit 23. Proceed north on I-787 two miles to the Empire State Plaza exit. From the West, take the NYS Thruway to Exit 24. Go east on I-90 to the exit for I-787 South. Take I-787 to the Empire State Plaza exit. From the North, take the Northway (I-87) South to Exit 1 East (I-90 East). Continue East on I-90 to the exit for I-787 South. Take I-787 to the Empire State Plaza exit. From the East, take I-90 to I-787 South Exit. Proceed south on I-787. In all cases: take Empire State Plaza exit, refer below for parking.
Address for those with GPS: 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12210Parking in Albany
The map below shows a number of parking garages in red, and the Empire State Plaza in blue. You are encouraged to park in a garage instead of at a meter, so you can stay with the group throughout the day without having to repeatedly add coins. Plaza Visitor Parking may be off limits to those without tickets to the State of the State. If this is the case, Parking Garage B (below; entrance located at 100 Beaver Street, Albany, NY 12207) is closest to the Concourse. After taking the Empire State Plaza exit, follow the S. Mall Arterial under the Plaza to Swan St. (1st right), take a right onto State St. and a right onto Eagle St. Take the first left onto Howard St. and the first right onto Wendell St. (which turns left and becomes Beaver St.)
Other Important Information
- Bring/make a sign, or bring an enlarged picture of your favorite outdoor area near your house
- Bring bag lunch, water and enough snacks for the day so you can stay together with the group
Fewer entrances to the Concourse are open to the public during the event, so you are encouraged to use the Madison Ave. bus-drop off point (yellow pin on the 1st map).
Contact us with any questions:
Daniel Morrissey (518) 285-1990 Rita Yelda (716) 507-2077