Astorino pushes for fracking in Southern Tier

By Kelly McCarthy

May 6, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Republican candidate for Governor Rob Astorino made a stop in Broome County Tuesday advocating for natural gas drilling.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino took a tour of Vestal Asphalt where company President Neil Guiles said Pennsylvania fracking opportunities has led to nearly 100 new jobs at the facility.

Vestal Asphalt is a family owned business supplying asphalt to municipalities and transporting natural gas materials in P.A.

Astorino says the State DEC reports at least 25,000 jobs could be created through natural gas exploration.

"We have the benefits being felt in Pennsylvania across the border," Astorino said, "When we're doing nothing here to revive an economy that for all intensive purposes is dead."

Astorino claims he will allow natural gas drilling if he becomes Governor, but would put public health first by setting up the proper regulations before moving forward.

Astorino is challenging Governor Cuomo in the upcoming November election.

One of his next major announcements will be naming his pick for Lieutenant Governor.

"Look, we're coming down to a decision pretty soon," Astorino said. "I have talked to several people, this process is interesting because the list, it starts with like 100 names on it."

Astorino said the list of potential running mates is down to just a couple of names and he expects to make the decision within the next few days.

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