One of the benefits of political campaigns is that they focus attention — both voters’ and candidates’ — on specific issues. So New York’s gubernatorial race might be just the thing to finally fix Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gaze on an issue he has long ignored: hydrofracking.
It is surprising enough that the characteristically decisive governor has gone his entire term without taking a stand on the fiercely debated natural gas-drilling method. It would be a disservice to voters for him to continue to play possum on the issue while seeking reelection.
The Democratic incumbent’s challenger, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, has made no secret of his support, at least in certain parts of the state. He points to hydrofracking as a key element in creating jobs and revving up the state’s economy.
But while more than two dozen states are already employing the practice, and federal-land guidelines are expected from the White House later this month, there’s still no indication from the Cuomo administration of when ongoing health and environmental reviews will be...