October 12, 2014 ByDAVID KLEPPER (Associated Press)
ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) -- A hotly anticipated decision on fracking won't come before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands for re-election. Same for an announcement of higher tolls on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
Thanks to either serendipity or Cuomo's dexterity, each decision is off the table, pushed back until after the election.
Now it appears likely that another politically charged decision -- the selection of sites for four upstate casinos -- will also come after voters go to the polls on Nov. 4.
Cuomo argues that he isn't delaying the decisions for political reasons. The study on the health effects of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, begun in 2012, needs more work. Tolls on the new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge won't be known until the financing is complete. As for casinos, that's the decision of a state commission.
"They are handling that," Cuomo said Wednesday, in response to questions from reporters about the casino decision. "I'm not playing a role in it."
For observers of the famously controlling governor, however, the delays appear designed to avoid three decisions that are...