Although Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a high approval rating, upstate residents are fuming over his refusal to lift a moratorium on hydraulic gas drilling, which has been an economic boon for states like Pennsylvania ["GOP targets Cuomo's delay on fracking," News, Feb. 3].

In his Lincoln Day Dinner speech for the Manhattan Republican Committee, Donald Trump said that if he were awarded the GOP nomination for governor, he would trounce Cuomo in the fall election, implement his vision to make New York "the energy capital of the world" and slash state taxes in half.

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With this as his central platform, along with immense name recognition and a personal fortune to bankroll a campaign, Trump could easily prove to be the great unifying force that keeps the Empire State as one.

Eugene R. Dunn, Medford