WXXI Local Stories
Wed September 1, 2010
Attorney General Debate in Rochester
By Carlet Cleare
Rochester, NY – WXXI Public Broadcasting hosted the first Upstate debate between Democratic candidates for Attorney General last night.
Three of the five invited candidates participated in the conversation: former state Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo, former federal prosecutor Sean Coffey and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.
Candidates discussed issues on the expanding role of the A-G, cigarette tax on Indian reservations, Upstate's economy and environment.
Dinallo says the most vital clean water issue facing New York is hydrofracking.
He says the next attorney general is both an enforcer and guide on environmental concerns.
Dinallo says he agrees with the moratorium and wants to hear what the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Control have to say on the issue.
But Assemblyman Brodsky says experts can be wrong, and what happened in the Gulf of Mexico could come to New York.
That's why Brodsky says he's partnering with the Department of Environmental Control.
Former prosecutor Sean Coffey says he also in favor of the moratorium on fracking.
Although, he says he would get rid of it in the Syracuse and New York City watershed.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and state Senator Eric Schneiderman did not participate in the debate.
Their campaign spokespersons say the candidates had scheduling conflicts.
The winner of the September 14th primary will face Republican, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donavon on November 2nd.
The Monroe County Democratic Committee sponsored Tuesday's debate.