LETTER TO THE EDITOR: "GILLIBRAND IS BLOCKING EFFORTS TO CREATE JOBS," BUFFALO NEWS

Click HERE to see Chairman Cox's letter as it was originally published in the Buffalo News.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand laments New York’s loss of manufacturing supremacy, but she has been no friend to New York’s manufacturing sector. Missing from her recent Another Voice in The News is the fact that New York has lost more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs, some 20 percent of the sector, since she was first elected to Congress in 2006.

According to the Manhattan Institute, an end to New York’s moratorium on Marcellus Shale hydrofracking, which has become a multibillion-dollar industry in Pennsylvania, would spur $11.4 billion in economic output. Between 15,000 and 18,000 new jobs would be created in Western New York and the Southern Tier, where unemployment remains high. Localities and the state stand to reap $1.4 billion in tax revenues.

But not once in her article about energy policy did Gillibrand mention natural gas. That’s because she remains beholden to the radical environmentalists in her own party, as she has been since she arrived in Washington.

While a congresswoman, she voted against two separate bills that would have opened up new territory to offshore drilling. She might have mentioned that in an article in which she argues for the need to increase domestic production of oil. The senator’s duplicity is part of the reason that, since she joined Congress, gas prices, both nationally and in New York, have risen by 50 percent.

Ed Cox

Chairman, New York Republican State Committee, Albany