Dear Friend:
I held a press conference yesterday in front of the West End Armory challenging Tenney's failure to debate and running from her "F" rating with Conservatives. 
There were seven debates in the 2016 primary and all hosts have expressed interest in hosting debates again.  Debates are a basic courtesy to the voters.
Check out the video of the press conference by clicking here:
The military background for the event was important because of Tenney's votes that have outraged active duty service members, veterans and taxpayers.
Tenney was one of the only Republicans to vote with the radical left in favor of transgender military surgeries.  
Tenney also joined a climate change caucus with the far left and voted to make the Department of Defense study climate change.
Tenney's outrageous votes and her failure to debate after two years in office of facing constant criticism for failing to do town halls and meet with people is simply unacceptable. 
In the video Tenney refused to even respond to the reporter's questions about debates and her voting record --- only citing support from President Trump.
Given that she was a former Member of Congress who President Trump and his family campaigned vigorously for to try to save a district the President won by 15 points, it might seem obvious that he would lend his support as a courtesy again to someone he knew and tried to help.
But Tenney still lost a big Republican district in 2018 in a race where Republican candidate for Governor Marc Molinaro beat Andrew Cuomo by 20 points in the same district.   
I have knocked on 10,000 doors and laid out a bold "Freedom Agenda" of what I will fight for in Congress. 
I am the only conservative candidate in this race and the only candidate who can beat Democrat Anthony Brindisi in the fall. 
Please call Tenney out on her lack of respect for voters in not debating by talking to friends, writing letters to the editor, making posts on social media, signing up for yard signs, volunteering and supporting our campaign. 
Thank you for your consideration. 
George Phillips
Candidate for Congress 
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) rejected a permit to build a controversial pipeline that would lock the nation’s largest city into decades of dependence on fracked gas when scientists say the world needs to rapidly wean off fossil fuels. 

The proposal for the Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline ― better known as the Williams Pipeline, after the Oklahoma company behind the project ― is to lay a new conduit under Lower New York Bay to carry gas from hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania to homes in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. Methane, the primary component in fracked gas, produces potent emissions that, at least in the short term, trap more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. 

Late Friday afternoon, the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied the company’s second application for a permit to extend the pipeline from New Jersey via Raritan Bay through the southern portion of New York Bay. In an 18-page letter, Daniel Whitehead, director of the agency’s Division of Environmental Permits, cited the “apparent lack of need for the Project, as well as its increased impacts to water quality as compared to identified alternatives” to reject the proposal with prejudice, meaning the company cannot reapply. 

“That’s the end of the line,” said Suzanne Mattei, a former regional director at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, who campaigned against the project. “A denial with prejudice means the department has determined the environmental impacts of the pipeline are unacceptable and that the company has not given it reason to believe that it can make changes to its proposal that would convert it into an acceptable proposal.”

But the rejection could spur new challenges from the Trump administration, which last year sought to limit the state’s ability to use the federal Clean Water Act to block projects like the pipeline.
National Grid, the city’s main gas utility, argued that the pipeline was necessary to meet growing demand for gas in one of North America’s most densely populated regions, and it proposed to pay for the $1.4 billion project with a nearly 7% rate hike.

Last summer, state officials in New York and New Jersey rejected the Williams Companies’ application for a permit for failing to meet environmental standards, but they did so “without prejudice,” inviting the company to reapply. Yet as negotiations hit an impasse last fall, the London-based National Grid illegally imposed a moratorium on new gas hookups to put pressure on the states by illustrating the need for a new fuel supply line. 

Studies from the nonprofit Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and two energy consultancies found no evidence of supply shortages. Cuomo denounced National Grid’s moratorium as extortion and fined National Grid $36 million. 

Still, Cuomo put the company in charge of drafting a report outlining how the state could meet the downstate region’s long-term energy needs. The decision drew fire from activists who said the company’s primary business model involves burning fossil fuels, disincentivizing it from proposing renewable or energy-efficiency solutions. 

The state, meanwhile, is struggling to meet the lofty clean-energy goals mandated under ambitious climate legislation passed last summer. From March to April, more than 20,400 New Yorkers who worked in renewable or low-carbon energy sectors lost their jobs, according to an analysis of unemployment data published this week by researchers at a group of environmental nonprofits. 

“We know Cuomo only did this because we pressured him to do so,” said Lee Ziesche, one of the lead campaigners against the pipeline. “At the end of the day, he still needs to make a plan to get New York off of gas.” 

She called the decision “such a big victory” but warned that National Grid announced earlier Friday that it plans to resume construction on a smaller gas pipeline project in northern Brooklyn. 

“The fight continues,” she said.

Victor Furman lays out exactly why he’s running for a seat in the New York State General Assembly; to speak up loudly for the rights of Upstate New Yorkers.

Many of you know I’m running for a seat in New York’s General Assembly. I’m running because we need a disruptor in our legislature who is not afraid to speak out and speak up for us in a way that cannot be ignored. I can’t promise to win every battle but I will fight every battle. About this time last year, in fact, I posted here about starting a lawsuit against Andrew Cuomo and his theft of our mineral rights. I raised and several thousand dollars. It was, unfortunately, short of the $50,000 I needed so I returned it all, but I fought—for all of us. That’s who I am and I’ve decided the best place to fight is in the Assembly.

As Tom said last week, Governor Cuomo may have done New York landowners a favor by banning our rights to lease without compensation making a lawsuit much more viable and increasing our chances of winning in Federal Court. My question to the readers here is this: Has Cuomo so disheartened New Yorkers with his delays that there is no one willing to step up to the plate and organize a lawsuit?

I get it that the price of fuel is in the dumpster right now, but it won’t always be! We should move forward and never quit. That, in fact, is my campaign promise which is “I won’t quit until we win.” If I do get elected, it will be because of the internet. That’s because the Corona virus has dictated there will no debates and no addressing of unions or clubs or auxiliaries.

What have we been missing from Upstate New York politicians? We’ve seen many come and go, all promising they supported us, but what did they accomplish? Did they actually fight? No, they never fought for our rights. About the only thing you ever heard from most was an occasional “if we were drilling for gas we’d be better off.” They completely dropped the ball with opportunity after opportunity as science and experience elsewhere proved Cuomo was wrong! They were content to let the issue die quietly.

Yes, they were silent. But, I cannot be silent and won’t be. It’s not in me. If elected, as a matter of fact, I will hold news conferences and share new science with the people using my office as a positive force to educate the general public. I will tap the articles written here as well as in the Marcellus Drilling News!  I will make known the many, many university studies that have come out in favor of safe natural gas drilling.

We must not tire in this fight even if we should believe we will not benefit from leasing! We must carry on for our children and our grandchildren and even theirs, as over and over again drilling has been done safely and without destroying the earth.

Drilling for gas is so much cleaner today with only minor surface impacts. There is far less mining and deforestation than there is with solar and wind energy.Wind and solar are far more harmful to our planet than natural gas. That’s one of the reasons I favor it. It’s also, of course, about landowners’ rights to their minerals and what that could mean economically to the Southern Tier.

If you’re in New York State’s 122nd Assembly District please share the word on my campaign with your friends and family. Ask them to support the only candidate who will truly fight for them and never be silent—Victor Furman—and for that I thank you!



Below is a list of endorsements by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. for the 2020 Primary Elections.

Each candidate we have endorsed has shown a commitment to landowner rights and energy development and is vital in moving our agenda forward. Our endorsements signal the JLCNY’s strong belief that we should support those candidates who stand up for our rights.

Voting is a personal decision based on each individual’s experience and interests. This list is meant to inform you of the candidates who support the issues important to the JLCNY. However you make your decisions on the political candidates, we urge you to exercise your right to vote on June 23, 2020. Absentee ballots will also be available.


George Phillips 22nd Congressional District


NYS Assembly

Victor Furman Assembly District 122

John Salka Assembly District 121

NYS Senate Peter Oberacker 51st Senate District

While no one was paying attention, distracted with literal life and death issues due to the coronavirus pandemic, the uber-corrupt and sleazy Andrew Cuomo (worst governor EVER) slipped in a permanent ban on fracking into the annual state budget bill which is now the law of our fallen (and sick) land. This is truly a sad day for those of us who live in New York State. We seriously doubt there will ever be a Republican legislature and governor in NY to reverse the horrific damage now done to our civil liberties. Freedom died yesterday in New York State. We now live behind enemy lines.

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