Democratic attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman has picked up the endorsement of actor Mark Ruffalo, who recently starred in the movie “The Kids Are All Right.” Ruffalo, a Sullivan County resident, has been active in environmentalists’ campaign against hydrofracking in New York’s portion of the Marcellus Shale. In hydrofracking, chemicals are injected into rock to help break it up and release natural gas for collection.
‘With Eric Schneiderman as our Attorney General, environmental polluters will be held accountable and the health and safety of the people of New York will be protected,” Ruffalo said in a statement. “I’m proud to endorse Eric because he is the only candidate who will continue to play an aggressive role in protecting New York’s natural treasures.”
Dan Donovan, the GOP candidate for attorney general, said in a recent WABC debate that hydrofracking is “a very clean energy source.” Donovan is Staten Island’s district attorney.
Schneiderman, a state senator, said he is proud to have Ruffalo’s support. “As Attorney General, I will continue putting the safety of New Yorkers first and will use the powers of the Attorney General’s office to ensure that any future gas exploration or extraction meets stringent environmental standards to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink,” he said in a statement.
Ruffalo will be a special guest at a Schneiderman fundraiser in New York City tomorrow, according to the campaign.
(Photo from MarkRuffalo.net.)