From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of labor groups — including key political allies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo — are making a pitch for the state to approve a natural gas pipeline to be built by Williams before a coming moratorium on new natural gas hookups by utilities in the New York City area.

The letters written this week to Cuomo in support of the project, known as the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, were written by the New York AFL-CIO and two of its affiliate groups, the New York City Central Labor Council and the Long Island Federation of Labor.

The letter from AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento points to the potential job creation as a result of the project’s approval.

“Your administration has been laser focused on creating economic opportunity and good jobs throughout our state,” Cilento wrote in the letter.

“Without NESE that shared goal is imperiled. As you are aware, natural gas suppliers in the metropolitan area have announced moratoriums on new residential, industrial, and commercial hookups without capacity enhancements. In addition to the 200 good-paying construction jobs that will be created by NESE, there are countless others in infrastructure and other large-scale projects, not to mention additional private development, that are jeopardized by a lack of natural gas capacity.”

Cilento said the labor umbrella group is “committed” to support green energy projects around the state.

“However, the simple fact is we cannot wait to move forward on critical projects while the alternative sources develop,” he wrote.

The pipeline project has been billed by supporters as an effort to expand and upgrade national gas transmission infrastructure.

Environmental groups have opposed the pipeline project, pointing to it carrying fracked gas from Pennsylvania. New York banned high-volume hydrofracking in 2014. Opponents are also pushing back against a proposed National E-37 pipeline expansion in Albany County.

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