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19 Dec 05:49 AM in The Daily News
ALBANY — In recommending a ban on fracking in New York, acting state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said he wouldn't want his kids growing up near a drilling site.
But Zucker doesn’t have kids, state officials confirmed Thursday.
Zucker made his comments during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday as he announced his long-awaited decision on whether to allow the controversial gas-drilling technique.
“Would I live in a community with (fracking) based on the facts I have now? Zucker said.
“Would I let my child play in a school field nearby or my family drink the water from the tap or grow their vegetables in the soil?” he added.
“After looking at the plethora of reports ... my answer is no.”
Zucker’s remarks appeared to make an impression on Gov. Cuomo. On Thursday, Cuomo said Zucker’s comments were “very sobering,” and helped to convince him that banning fracking was the right thing to do.
“Frankly, that’s enough for me,” Cuomo said, “because if the state health commissioner doesn’t want his kids living there...