While Cuomo prepared to deliver his address inside the convention center, a louder protest than ever before took place outside those doors. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Geoff Redick joins us with that part of the story.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Hydraulic fracturing, that ever-controversial method to extract natural gas from the earth.
The Governor hasn't said much about hydrofracking, and didn't mention it at all in his speech but that hasn't calmed the fears of protestors that it could happen here.
You couldn't miss the prevailing opinion outside the State of the State: a resounding "no" to hydrofracking.
The drilling method using water and chemicals to blast gas out of bedrock brought hundreds, dozens, to the Capital.
Like mother of four, Meghan Breen and her children, "I believe that our children need to be educated on what it means to protect the planet, and fracking will not protect the planet, fracking will harm the planet."
Breen is glad that industrial-scale hydrofracking hasn't started in New York. But the governor's indecision on whether to ban or allow fracking, leaves Breen worried.
"That is terrifying, because basically if they get the go-ahead, there's nothing stopping them from drilling a well tomorrow," she said.
Fracking and natural gas supporters say, that's not exactly true.
"It would take 6 to 8 months, I think, for a company to even get through the approval process with DEC," said Karen Morneau, American Petroleum Institute.
Morneau does agree with protesters though, that it is taking much too long for the governor to decide.
"There are states that talk about this, that do not have the resource but we do. And instead, and it's, I believe at this point, just purely politics, we're not doing anything," Morneau added.