Archila, Delgado square off at Lt. Gov. debate
Bill Mahoney reports at Politico that Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado (Gov. Kathy Hochul’s running mate), activist Ana Maria Archila (New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ running mate), and former New York City Council Member Diana Reyna (who is running with Rep. Tom Suozzi) debated June 15. The candidates discussed whether Gov. Kathy Hochul should sign a bill imposing a limited moratorium on cryptocurrency mining in defunct fossil fuel plants. “I want to understand where the community is as far as jobs are concerned – is this something they support?” Reyna said. “I absolutely support the moratorium on crypto mining. I, in fact, met with the communities that live around Seneca Lake,” Archila said. “These power plants [have been] polluting the air, polluting the water and actually damaging the environment in one of the most beautiful regions in the state.” Delgado responded: “This energy intensive process strikes to the heart of what we know about climate change...I think she should give it some serious thought, for sure.” Politico previously reported that Protect Our Future, a pro-cryptocurrency super PAC, is spending $66,000 for digital ads supporting Delgado. Archila rebuked Delgado, saying, “This is a perfect example of a governor being an obstacle to process and the lieutenant governor saying nothing.” Archila and Delgado also offered the same dynamic on a proposed ban on natural gas hook-ups in new construction. “I have to give that more thought,” Delgado said, while Archila had a definitive answer: “We have to move away from it,” she said. The three candidates are on the ballot in the June 28 primary election. Read more about this story at Politico.