Statement on Natural Gas Drilling Moratorium from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill)

"New York has been studying natural gas drilling for four-and-a-half years. That's enough time for a young New Yorker to graduate from high school or college, start looking for a job, and decide to move out of state because there are few opportunities in New York. You can get a college degree in four years, but apparently Albany can't complete a natural gas study in that time.

"Is this decision being kicked down the road because the governor doesn't want to deal with it during his reelection campaign? Will it be kicked down the road again in 2015 when the governor is gearing up for the presidential primaries?

"Mayor Bloomberg believes Big Gulps are dangerous for public consumption, but supports safe natural gas drilling. Pennsylvania and other states are drilling, and they're doing it safely. New Yorkers need jobs, and we can't continue to drag our feet on this. We're ready to start. It is being done safely across the country. Let's stop playing politics and get to work."