The rally came as state Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens told lawmakers that it is still unclear if proposed regulations governing hydrofracking permits will be completed by the deadline of Feb. 27. Martens said his agency is still waiting for state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah to complete a health impact review.
To complete the state regulations by Feb. 27, Martens’ agency would have to publish the environmental review in the state Register by Feb. 13. If this month’s deadline is missed, it means the state would have to put the regulations out for public comment again, which would likely cause a lengthy delay in the final decision.
The Siena poll also found Cuomo’s popularity had dropped over the last month, in the wake of his push for a new gun law package that bans several types of firearms, redefines some as assault weapons and places new restrictions on the capacity of ammunition magazines.
The survey concluded that a solid majority of upstate New Yorkers believe the Cuomo-pushed gun law was rushed through the Legislature without careful consideration. The same poll found about three-quarters of New York City voters, Democrats and those critical of the National Rifle Association favor the new law.