“Frankly, that’s enough for me,” Cuomo said, “because if the state health commissioner doesn’t want his kids living there, I don’t want my kids living there and I don’t want any New Yorkers’ kids living there.”

Howard Zucker, the acting state health commissioner, referred to a family he doesn’t actually have when he spoke about fracking’s potential risks to public health and the environment. The comments made an impact on Gov. Cuomo, who said they were ‘very sobering.’

In recommending a ban on fracking in New York, acting state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said he wouldn’t want his kids growing up near a drilling site.

But Zucker doesn’t have kids, state officials confirmed Thursday.

Zucker made his comments during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday as he announced his long-awaited decision on whether to allow the controversial gas-drilling technique.

… Zucker’s remarks appeared to make an impression on Gov. Cuomo. On Thursday, Cuomo said Zucker’s comments were “very sobering,” and helped to convince him that banning fracking was the right thing to do.

“Frankly, that’s enough for me,” Cuomo said, “because if the state health commissioner doesn’t want his kids living there, I don’t want my kids living there and I don’t want any New Yorkers’ kids living there.”

But questioned by the Daily News, Health Department spokesman Peter Constantakes on Thursday said Zucker was not married and had no children.

“He was speaking as the health commissioner who is overseeing everybody,” Constantakes said.

Zucker simply wanted to make his recommendation more personal by saying how he believes fracking might affect people.

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