ALBANY — As state Republican Chairman Ed Cox leads an attack Wednesday on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s indecision over whether to approve hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, Democrats attacked Cox’s own personal stock and position with a global natural gas drilling company.
Cox confirmed that he and his wife, Tricia Nixon Cox, a daughter of the late President Richard Nixon, have a few million dollars in stock of Noble Energy and he collects six-figure fees for his work on the company’s board. He also reported his interests in a required ethics filing with the state among his many directorships and stock holdings, which shows that in 2012 he collected $250,000 to $350,000 for his duties as a Noble director and held $2.75 million to $3 million in Noble stock, while his wife $1 million to $1.25 million in its stock.
But Cox told The Associated Press that his personal stake Houston-based company has nothing to do with his leading role in criticizing the Democratic governor running for re-election. Cox’s effort was to begin in earnest Wednesday night in an unpaid speech Cox will make in Buffalo to the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York. The association had no immediate comment.