- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Republican candidate for governor in New York is putting off a visit to a Pennsylvania drilling site designed to highlight the benefits of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

A spokeswoman for Rob Astorino says the drilling operator didn’t want reporters to be included and that the visit will be postponed until after Election Day.

Astorino is seeking to unseat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next week’s election. Cuomo has said he will wait on a state study on the health effects of the drilling practice, known as fracking, before deciding whether it should be allowed in New York.

Astorino says fracking can be done safely and would be a boon to the economy in the state’s Southern Tier.

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