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Fracking fighting words in the 60th

Add fracking to the list of hot-button issues that are occupying candidates in the 60th Senate district race this campaign season.

Mike Amodeo, the Lake View resident who is running against incumbent Republican Mark J. Grisanti for the 60th district seat, this week released a statement criticizing Grisanti for being endorsed by the pro-hydrofracking group Unshackle Upstate.

The Rochester-based group’s policies and agenda are not in the best interests of Western New York residents – many of whom oppose fracking – and Grisanti should distance himself from them, Amodeo charged.

Democrat Amodeo, in his criticism, called Grisanti “one of the biggest pro-hydrofracking Senators in the state.”

Grisanti’s office said the Senator’s position on fracking is this:

Grisanti is awaiting the results of a public-comment period that was recently held by the Department of Environmental Conservation, which gathered some 80,000 comments on the issue.

And, Grisanti also said that he presses for protections for upstate residents wherever possible in environmental matters.

 --- Charity Vogel

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Albany | Elections | Erie County | Mark Grisanti | Mike Amodeo
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