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Yoko comes to Albany on anti-fracking mission

2013-01-11 12.36.25

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, came to the Capitol this afternoon to press Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop his administration’s consideration of natural gas fracking. (That's Sean standing to the left of his mother taking a photo with his phone.)


“Fracking kills," said the wife of the slain Beatle, John Lennon. “When John said give me some truth, what he was saying was, yes, we have to know the truth otherwise we won’t survive. So let’s give us the truth and I would like Governor Cuomo to make sure to meet us and tell us the truth as he believes it.”

Ono and her son said they believed John Lennon would have joined the cause to try to block fracking if he was alive. Sean Lennon talked of the time he spent on the Catskills property his father bought. “Let’s keep it beautiful forever," he said. Lennon said he first got involved in environmental issues when a company tried to build a pipeline some years ago near where his father purchased a house in Delaware County in the southern Catskills.

The two joined a number of environmental groups today in an attempt to deliver to the state's environmental conservation agency more than 200,000 comments from people they say oppose any attempt by Cuomo to permit fracking. The state is still studying the controversial process, which environmentalists say will create a number of dangerous problems but which is being pushed by others as a major job creation benefit for several upstate regions.

2013-01-11 12.22.20

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Robert J. McCarthy

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A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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