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Court support for #Albany55: Yesterday morning at court day three of four

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Albany, NY – Friday, May 4, marks the final court day for the “Albany 55” for their arrests at Cuomo Walk The Talk On Climate Event at the Capitol Building following Earth Day. Court began last Monday for the 55 people arrested at the Hall of Governors inside the Capitol Building on April 23rd in protest of Governor Cuomo’s lack of climate action. Court will take place at Albany City Court at One Morton Ave. in Albany at 9am on Friday, 5/4, marking the final day. All defendants will be available for questions.

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To recap, the April 23rd event saw a march of 1500 people from Sheridan Hollow, the site of a fracked gas power plant proposal to generate energy for the Empire State Plaza, to the Capitol Building on as part of the “Cuomo Walk The Talk” day of action. Governor’s seat candidates, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Green Party’s Howie Hawkins as well as Karenna Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, participated in the protest. Actor and activist James Cromwell was also among the 55 people arrested at the Hall of Governors in a non-violent act of civil disobedience, demanding Cuomo to stop all fracking infrastructure, move to 100% renewable energy, and make polluters pay. 

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Ellen Barfield, MD: “Banning fracking wells, as Cuomo and MD Gov Hogan have done, is largely pointless unless and until the infrackstructure is also banned. But industry-bribed politicians will never do the right thing unless pushed. I’m honored to have helped push Cuomo. Hope New Yorkers will help push Hogan too!”

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Charley Bowman, Buffalo, NY:  “During Gov. Cuomo’s tenure in office, the growth rate in solar PV in NY State suddenly changed, in September 2014, from 60% per year to 0% per year. The big question is: WHY?”

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Mary Filippo: “Governor Cuomo banned fracking in NY in 2014 but since has given permits for fracked gas to be piped through the state for export, proposed building a power plant to burn it here, and permitted the wastewater from fracking to be dumped in NY state. I was arrested for protesting the governor’s actions but who is doing wrong?”

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Kim Fraczek, Brooklyn, NY:  “Since 2011, we have worked diligently with the system by following lawful procedure to replace fracked-gas infrastructure with renewable energy sources. As high-volume extraction has boomed since the early 2000’s without proper regulation thanks to “The Halliburton Loophole”, we see our New York tax dollars continue to fund these dirty extractive industries, and facilitate unjust law. We continue to heard bold climate statements from Cuomo that don’t get backed up in policy. We continue to see our tax money spent on wasteful nuclear bailouts and fracked gas infrastructure that harm us. We are facing a global crisis because of extractive economies that dig, dump and burn, and we must build a regenerative economy based in ecological and social health — New York State is uniquely positioned to set a regenerative and renewable economy example for the nation. It is our responsibility as New York State to escalate to civil disobedience to break unjust law and policy in order to protect our health, safety, democracy and sustain life on our tiny planet.”

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Santosh Nandabalan, Brooklyn, NY: “New York desperately needs a real climate leader in office to put residents before private interests. I joined fellow activists in civil disobedience to stand up for New Yorkers, our Mother Earth and the thousands of new jobs we can create through renewables. Governor Cuomo can and must halt all fracking infrastructure and move the state to 100% clean energy.”

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Jody Schoenfeld, Chatham Center, NY, Retired Medical Practice Administrator, Retired Ace Certified Personal Trainer,Climate Activist, Artist: “I participated in an act of civil disobedience to represent my children, my grandchildren and all future generations of humanity. Fossil fuels are literally a thing of the past. All life in the  present and the future depend on preventing the worst effects of climate change. We must switch to renewable energy now for that to happen.No more fracking, no more fossil fuel extraction of any kind, no more fossil fuel infrastructure. The fossil fuel companies need to pay for the damage they have caused to our environment and continue paying for many generations to come.” 

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Gabriel Reichler, New York, NY: I was born in New York City and have lived here ever since. I deeply love this city and its wonderful diversity of people, but climate change is threatening its very existence. Superstorm Sandy and the record heat waves of recent years are just the beginning. Given how vulnerable such a large part of our state’s population is to climate impacts, New York must be a climate leader. My generation refuses to wait any longer. 

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