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We know Cuomo's crooked game and we're telling the world.
OURDEMANDS

1. Stop fracking infrastructure projects

2. Move to 100% renewable energy

3. Make corporate polluters pay

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#CuomosInFRACKstructure

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“The State must double down by investing in the fight against dirty fossil fuels and fracked gas from neighboring states.”

- Gov. Andrew Cuomo State of the State Address January 9, 2017

“We are not building any new ones [fracked gas pipelines/power plants]… I have not approved any new ones and I won’t”

- Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated to Laura Shindell (see video) at a campaign fundraiser May 10, 2018

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“I think in all probability you need natural gas. I don't think you can get from here to there without using natural gas... And pipelines, in general? Fine.”

- Gov. Andrew Cuomo in meeting with Buffalo News April 11, 2017

In·frack·struc·ture noun, slang: Fracked/natural gas infrastructure such as pipelines and power plants.

Though Cuomo banned fracking in New York, his administration has relied heavily on fracked gas from states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Despite Cuomo's denial of it (see video above), CPV and Cricet Valley Power Plants are among the many infrackstructure projects that his administration has approved. They are included in the 4 examples below that illuminate a spectrum of climate injustice among the 100’s Cuomo could shut down if he chose to.

Cuomo Approved Infrackstructure Projects:

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#CuomosFossilFunding

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At a fundraiser of the Governor’s Isabelle Graj asks Cuomo to take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, “Can you please pledge to stop taking fossil fuel money?” To which he replies, “Yes, I’m there.”

- Gov. Andrew Cuomo at fundraiser June 27, 2017

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As reported by Alexander Kaufman at the Huffington Post Cuomo walked back his statement: “[Cuomo] received nearly $113,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry from January 2015 to mid-January 2018, and headlined a gala funded by big oil companies in May.”

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#CuomosDirtyMoney

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“...top aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was found guilty… of three corruption-related charges… Of the more than $300,000 in alleged bribes to Mr. Percoco... the bulk came from Competitive Power Ventures [CPV]” - NY Times

Cuomo commented, “very sad” - NY Times

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These bribes most likely helped to get the CPV fracked gas power plant built in Waywayanda, NY.

Cuomo may think the situation is “very sad,” but ” - he’s still allowing the CPV plant to be built.

Here’s further reading on the money circling between Percoco, Cuomo, CPV and Trump.

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#Cuomos4percent

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“We have the most aggressive clean energy mandate in the United States of America: 50% renewable by 2030.”

- Gov. Andrew Cuomo March 9, 2018

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Under Cuomo’s leadership, New York is failing to make progress en route to that goal: Wind, solar, and geothermal sources generate only 4 percent of the New York’s electricity.

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“Governor Cuomo announced his opposition to offshore drilling and a commitment to $1.4 billion in renewable energy development.”

- Gov. Andrew Cuomo March 9, 2018

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While investment in renewables is welcome and required, much more is needed. There’s also the question of how the money is being spent: For example, NYSERDA, an agency under Cuomo, “tasked with clean energy development subsidizes natural gas infrastructure,” such as natural gas powered trucks and fueling stations.

- Public Accountability Initiative Investigative Report

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#CuomosVaDER

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Under Cuomo’s the New York State Public Service Commission enacted Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) on March 9, 2017. Ostensibly the goal was to incorporate many factors including emissions and pass savings on to customers and utilities.

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Due to the extreme complexity of the VDER system it has actually put a halt on nearly all community solar projects in both city and rural settings. It replaced Net Metering a much simpler solution that worked for local solar projects.

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#CuomosDunkirk

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5/4/2017: In attempt to show that he’s part of the resistance against Trump, at a Battery Park press conference banning offshore drilling Cuomo announces: “I’m going to commission the citizen fleet from throughout the state to go out and interfere with their federal effort just as Winston Churchill did in Dunkirk. If you think I’m kidding, I’m not, and I’m going to lead that citizen fleet.”

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The Governor forgot to brag about previous exploits at sea: His administration oversaw the construction of the Rockaway Lateral Project, a “giant 26-inch diameter pipeline” that was pushed through after Hurricane Sandy when the lower income Rockaway community was focused on rebuilding and taking care of those who’d lost homes, property, livelihood and even community members, a textbook example of environmental injustice. Yet Cuomo did not rally the resistance to fight the pipeline; instead, 8 permits/clearances were approved by NY state. Just weeks after the hurricane, special legislation was even passed in DC, without a protest from Cuomo, allowing the pipeline to pass under the park, the Gateway National Park, which he had gifted to the country. However, if Cuomo is serious he could still stop the new expansions of the project referred to as the Williams pipeline.

Governor Cuomo, it's the people, not you, who lead "the resistance": Thousands of such people showed up in Albany on April 23. In fact 55 of them were arrested at your office door. All came to deliver one message, in a chorus of all their many voices, that you walk the talk on climate:

Our progressive climate demands are out of reach in NY because the State Senate is controlled by Republicans. Governor Cuomo has reportedly assisted and even encouraged the situation through Independent Democratic Congress, better known as the IDC: A group of 8 Democrats that caucus (vote) with Republicans in the State Senate.

It’s generally believed that Cuomo shaped the right wing senate to assist presidential aspirations: He’s able to keep his wealthy donors while providing lip service to his party’s progressive base. Cuomo does not have to sign off or veto progressive legislation and alienate either constituency. Susan Kang, co-founder of NOIDCNY, provides insights into Cuomo’s political long game in her article in Jacobin, and concludes, “The corrupt New York governor’s progressive reputation is a carefully stage-managed illusion.”

Video coming soon...

One of the core demands of #CuomoWalkTheTalk is a just transition to 100% renewable energy. The CCPA is an example of NY State legislation focused on this goal, that has passed the state assembly three times and is co-sponsored by a majority of State Senators yet is still not law, because the Senate’s president is Republican John Flanagan and he does not allow the bill to come to a vote on the state senate floor. This is possible in a state dominated by Democratic voters because of the IDC and Cuomo’s apparent interest in a divided legislature.

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#CuomosIDC

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“Either [IDC members] announce that they agree to come back to the Democratic Party, or they will face primaries this year from our unified Democratic coalition,... I don't want just a majority, I want a majority for us. I want a comfortable majority. If we have a majority, we will win, we will have a progressive agenda for this state.”

- Gov. Andrew Cuomo Working Families Party Convention May 2014

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On May 3, 2017 when asked if New York would be better off with an all Democratic state government Cuomo did not respond affirmatively, “We’ve had a unified Democratic government in Albany… It’s not a hypothetical. We’ve had it. It wasn’t extraordinarily successful.” The NY Democratic Party that the Governor controls has not given money to Democratic State Senate candidates.

This surely didn’t come as a surprise to Politico Reporter Blake Zeff who in 2014 reported on Cuomo’s role in the formation of the IDC, “...multiple sources confirm that in fact the governor… was “deeply involved,” they say, and “absolutely” encouraged [the IDC]... privately offering advice about tactics and messaging.”

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March 15, 2012 Cuomo Announced the passage of a new redistricting plan to “once and for all end self-interested and partisan gerrymandering.

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Instead, the new plan assisted the Republican Senate to redistrict so that primarily Democratic metro area downstate votes are weighted on average 8.8% lower than primarily Republican upstate districts which translates to a likely two vote swing in favor of the Republicans in addition to the 8 IDC turn cloaks. Further solidifying disproportionate Republican control of the senate in a “dark blue” state. Click to read more.

In 2014, with the threat of Zephyr Teachout gaining the support of Working Families Party (WFP) in her primary challenge, Cuomo made a deal with WFP. In exchange for their endorsement Cuomo promised to retake the senate. When 2014 results came in the WFP had kept their end of the bargain, but Bill Lipton WFP Political Director did not think the reverse was true, “Governor Cuomo promised to take back the State Senate, Instead, he squandered millions on a fake party, and left millions more in his campaign account as New York Democrats in the legislature and in Congress withered on the vine.” To add insult to injury the State's Democratic Party, that Cuomo controls as Governor, did not give any money to State Senate campaigns.

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#CuomosMTA

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We didn’t stop after the Albany action on April 23. We’re coming out to all of Cuomo’s events and he couldn’t be happier to have us! We even made some friends along the way! It turns out anti-incarceration groups were also fed up with Cuomo not walking the talk and we joined our picketing campaigns together:

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#CuomosPrisons

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