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Cuomo Promises a Dunkirk-Style Citizens' Fleet to Block Drilling

  • Democrat says he’ll commission fishing vessels, leisure boats
  • A potential 2020 candidate, Cuomo gives campaign-like speech
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to enlist a “citizens fleet” of leisure boats and fishing vessels to block any attempt to construct oil-drilling facilities off the state’s shores, as part of a broad attack on President Donald Trump’s environmental and energy policies.

“I’m going to commission a citizen fleet to stop it just as Winston Churchill did at Dunkirk,” Cuomo said, invoking the former British prime minister’s call for a seaborne operation of fishing boats and leisure vessels to rescue evacuating soldiers from the French shore line. He called Trump’s decision to permit offshore drilling “an unacceptable risk.”