My pal Matt Ryan was Binghamton’s mayor when they passed a fracking ban. He is a courageous guy. Vic Furman, aka Frackman, a spokesman for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, is notorious for indecent exposure in public, harassing fractavist speakers, and drinking what he says is frack flowback at fractavist demonstrations. They ran into each other in a bar, and The Matt knocked the fracking chickenhawk on his butt. Go figure.
Furman, who outweighs Ryan by over 150 pounds, is seeking a restraining order, claiming to be “fearful” of Ryan. Matt Ryan clearly should get a medal for performing a valuable public service. Bravo Matt. Run for Congress.
ALBANY—Former Binghamton mayor Matt Ryan, a fracking opponent, could face harassment charges after getting into a bar fight with, Victor “Vic” Furman a spokesman for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York leasing group, State Police said.
Ryan, who helped Binghamton pass a fracking ban, shoved Victor Furman, a frequent critic of anti-fracking activists, during an argument inside Davy’s Last Chance Saloon in Chenango Forks, on August 20, State Police Sgt. Daniel Guilfoyle said. Chenango Forks is about 12 miles north of Binghamton.
In an interview Thursday, Furman said Ryan approached him inside the bar and two began a civil political discussion about a number of issues, including fracking. The discussion eventually turned heated, Furman said.
According to the police report, Ryan shoved Furman, allegedly saying, “I ought to punch you right in the mouth.”
Ryan, who could not be reached for comment, has not been formally charged, a State Police spokesman said. If charged with harassment, it would be considered a violation.
Furman said he and Ryan have previously had heated debates over fracking on local call-in radio shows and the comments sections of local newspaper websites.
Furman said he will seek a restraining order against the former two-term mayor, who left office at the end of last year. “So that he does not knock me on my ass again.”
In 2012, Ryan considered running for the State Senate seat held by deputy Republican Senate leader Tom Libous. He later filed an ethics complaint against Libous with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, alleging Libous arranged for his son to be hired at a law firm, with the salary to be paid by a lobbying firm.
Libous has been charged with lying to an FBI agent in 2009 about his son’s employment by a Westchester County law firm that lobbys for frackers.
Furman has previously won notoriety for indecent exposure at an anti-fracking rally.