New York Policy Forum Adds Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan to Hydrofracking Panel

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Mayor Ryan joins geology, environment and regulation experts at New York Policy Forum event to examine controversial proposal to allow hydrofracking in New York State. Ryan's city, Binghmaton, is at the center of the proposed drilling zone. A New York State study says 50,000 jobs and $2 billion in new economic activity could result if newly published regulations are enacted and the ban on hydrofracking is lifted. Environmentalists say it is a bad idea that poses serious threats to public health.

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Mayor Ryan will help us understand the practical issues at stake for his city and its citizens as the debate over fracking moves forward.

New York Policy Forum, the non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides expert discussion on timely issues, announced that Binghamton, New York Mayor Matthew T. Ryan will join the panel discussion on Hydrofracking in New York slated for October 6 in Manhattan.

Mayor Ryan joins a panel of experts that includes:

  •     Stuart Gruskin, former Deputy Commissioner of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation;
  •     Dr. Terry Engelder, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State University and;
  •     Albert F. Appleton, former Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental.
  •     The panel discussion will be moderated by award winning journalist Jamie Kitman, New    York Bureau Chief of Automobile Magazine.

New York Policy Forum Co-Founder Jonathan Cohen said, “Binghamton and surrounding Broome County will be the prime staging area for drilling in New York’s portion of the Marcellus Shale, if and when the current moratorium on drilling is lifted. Mayor Ryan will help us understand the practical issues at stake for his city and its citizens as the debate over fracking moves forward. We are thrilled to have him join our panel of experts for this important discussion.”

Matthew T. Ryan was elected Mayor of Binghamton, NY in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. Previously, he taught environmental law at Binghamton University and served as the public defender both of the City of Binghmaton and of Broome County.

Hydrofracking is a technique for extracting natural gas from deposits embedded within shale rock formations that is currently banned in New York State. Environmental activists oppose this type of drilling on the grounds that it severely contaminates drinking water supplies and poses an extensive threat to public health. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation recently published a study claiming that upwards of 50,000 jobs and $2 billion in economic activity could be created in New York if hydrofracking were permitted. A series of proposed regulations to allow limited hydrofracking was issued on September 7, 2011 along with a schedule of public hearings and comments through December 12.

About New York Policy Forum

The New York Policy Forum (NYPF) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded Jonathan Cohen and John Giardino. Our mission is to promote discussion on timely and important topics of general interest. NYPF’s public forums feature expert panels and speakers on a wide range of issues spanning public policy, human rights, education, and the arts. We are not aligned with any party, movement or advocacy group. Visit our website to read articles and to access transcripts and videos of our events at


To attend the event, contact Tina Bonifacio, tina.nypf(at)gmail(dot)com, (347) 766-9731

For press inquiries, contact Jonathan Cohen, jcohen.nypf(at)gmail(dot)com, (203) 722-1858


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