As Governor, it is my duty to protect our state’s coast from environmental threats. The latest threat doesn’t come from Mother Nature but from Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of the Interior, under the Trump administration, recently proposed permitting offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters off the country’s coasts, including New York.
Please join me in telling Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke: No offshore drilling off New York’s coast.
This week, we learned that Secretary Zinke gave Florida an exemption from this offshore drilling decision after a bipartisan outcry. In his statement, Mr. Zinke said he would “take into consideration the local and state voice.”
If Florida gets an exemption, then New York should too.
Our beautiful coastline is crucial to this state’s economy. It supports nearly 350,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars through tourism, fishing and other industries. The risk of an oil spill is