Count Sen. Mike Gianaris as a skeptic when it comes to the state Republican Party planning to use Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hesitation on making a decision on whether to allow high-volume hydrofracking.

The New York Post reported today that Republican Chairman Ed Cox next year will use the hydrofracking issue as a pressure point on Cuomo, who is running for re-election.

Cuomo is yet to make a final decision on whether to allow the controversial natural-gas drilling process. After the state missed multiple regulatory deadlines, Cuomo earlier this year threw the fracking ball to the state Department of Health, which is yet to release its own report on whether fracking poses a threat to human health.

Gianaris, a Queens Democrat and the leader of the conference’s campaign committee, told me in a phone interview that the move is a miscalcuation, especially as polls show voters are drifting toward opposes fracking.

“It just seems so out of step with the rest of the state,” he said. “If Ed Cox wants to bring Dick Cheney’s brand of politics to New York right now I don’t think he’ll have any takers.”

Opposition to hydorfracking has aroused a fervent environmental movement that has been pressuring Cuomo to firmly state his opposition to hydrofracking. Cuomo has insisted that while he recognizes the potential economic benefits of natural gas drilling, he wants science to make a final determination.

“The people of the state of New York want the state to move slowly to determine if the sceince justifies the drilling,” Gianaris said. “It’s clear the person who is out of step with what New Yorkers want is Ed Cox.

David Laska, a spokesman for the state Republican Party, responded that Cuomo played politics by not making a decision on fracking.

“No amount of shallow partisan barbs can change the fact that at every turn, Andrew Cuomo has put his own political interest ahead of promoting real economic growth in New York State,” Laska said. “We remain the most taxed, most regulated, least business-friendly state in the Nation with the highest debt per capita – just like we were when Cuomo took office.”