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Alec Baldwin pays a visit to Syracuse

Matt Johnston

Syracuse got a taste of star power this past weekend as television and film star Alec Baldwin stopped by the Landmark Theater.

Baldwin was there to host a showing of the film “Gasland,” an award-winning anti-hydrofracking documentary.

He also moderated a panel after the movie with experts opposed to hydrofracking and members of the community to discuss the issue. Hydrofracking has been banned in New York while the state reviews concerns over the process for drilling natural gas.

“The overwhelming majority of people in our society - when you tell them and you can prove to them that an activity causes cancer, that's a no-brainer,” said Baldwin.

Visits to central New York aren’t foreign to the star of NBC’s “30 Rock.” His mother lives in the area along with other family members. He also stopped by West Genesee Middle School on Sunday to be the guest umpire in a charity softball game.