Friday, October 31, 2014

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Happiness is realizing that The Town of Cape Vincent and the Thousand Islands did not become an industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone.

Horrible stories about the legal, political and social problems of industrial wind in New York State and the world now flood the main-stream media. Here are just two that will remind us of the problems; problems that are not about to go away and will only get worse for those who found themselves stuck in an industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone.

It May be Lights Out for the Wind Energy Come the Midterms
Published October 27, 2014

The International Energy Agency recently cut its forecasts for oil demand growth for this year. Nevertheless, production in North America is exploding led by the shale oil boom. Already, the U.S. has become the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.

For energy products like oil and natural gas operating in the marketplace, this excess production means lower costs for consumers. Lower prices have their own consequences for the industry as well. Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co recently released a report revealing that current at prices as much as one-third of U.S. shale oil production will be “uneconomic” to harvest.

Windmill catches fire in Fenner


FENNER >> A windmill in Fenner caught fire Friday night, lightening the night sky with flames.
Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call around 10:30 p.m. on Peterboro Road in the Town of Fenner to the scene of a fire at the top of a windmill.
Chief Chet Reeves said he hadn’t seen anything like this, though this was a year of firsts for Smithfield – having a helicopter crash and tornado in the town earlier this year.

Signs of panic as supporters of the Democrat-CFG opposition continue to steal and vandalize the lawn signs of Cape Vincent's Town Council Candidate, Michelle Oswald.

Volunteers are reporting that an increasing number of political lawn signs displayed by the supporters of the Town of Cape Vincent's council candidate Michelle Oswald continue to be stolen and vandalized. 

In just a few days, voters will get the opportunity to vote for the Town and Village of Cape Vincent Candidates.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Town of Cape Vincent will hold budget public hearing Nov. 6. Supervisor Urban Hirschey will help budget by taking pay cut. Rumors being spread by the Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG that the "town is broke" are false and irresponsible. 2015 property tax will increase by one penny per thousand.

Cape Vincent budget calls for hiring economic development director

John Byrne asks Addie Russell to return support money from Assemblyman accused of sexually harassing women staffers.

Byrne calls on Russell to return Vito Lopez money

Jefferson County Democrat supports John Byrne in the race for the 116th.

People of River District need John Byrne

The blog, "Mayor Graham's View" opines that the Dems did not get what they wanted from Assembly Candidate John Byrne's interview on Hotline. Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG slur campaign against John Byrne exposed.

Dems Looking for Stumble Didn't Get One

   Democrats didn't get what they wanted  from today's HOTLINE and privately concede their GOP foe did fine in deflecting items left uncovered by local media including a harassment arrest and numerous SLA violations at his Oneonta bar.

At this link to Mayor Graham's View, you can read the list of Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG  who were contacted by Cape Vincent Democrat leader Kitty White and asked to participate in a slur John Byrne campaign by encouraging them visit and like her Facebook post on Cape Vincent Democrat Party and  "share these tidbits far and wide." 

The Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG John Byrne "tidbits" are nothing new.

The Kitty White vs John Byrne "tidbits" that recently surfaced on Mayor Graham's View are nothing new.  The "tidbits" first surfaced many years ago during previous Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG campaigns. The "tidbits" were sent anonymously to this blog in 2009 and were carried all over the community by dirty dems with nothing substantial to run on except their John Byrne "tidbits" and false claims of voter fraud. The 2009 distribution of the "tidbits" by members of the Voters for Wind (now defunct) and the Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG coalition was one of the  early signs that Democrat-CFG leadership was willing to protect corruption by resorting to gutter politics.

And, to quote Mayor Graham, "Dems looking for a stumble didn't get one" and John Byrne and other ethical candidates for the Cape Vincent Town Board tripped up the Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG and drove their corrupt Cape Vincent town board out of power.

Cape Vincent citizen and taxpayer impressed with "courage and his leadership ability to bring about true and positive change."

Byrne has integrity to represent our district

Cape Vincent's First Annual 1000 Islands Zombie Walk has been receiving positive reviews.

RWiley Photo
Last weekend's (Oct. 25) First Annual 1000 Islands Zombie Walk held in Cape Vincent has been declared a success and fun time with the potential of becoming a major fall event.

Pictures and "moaning and groaning" about the day's activities can be visited at this link to the 1000 Island Zombie Walk Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

116th. Assembly Candidate John Byrne appears on Oct. 29 Mayor Graham's Hotline Radio Show and answers all questions raised by Addie Russell's remark that, "I am the only candidate without an arrest record."

On October 27, Assemblywoman Addie Russell, while being interviewed by Mayor Jeff Graham on his WATN Hotline radio show quipped, "I'm the only candidate without an arrest record."

On Tuesday, October 28 at 10:39 the Cape Vincent Democrats sent email notices to the addresses of 43 Democrat-CFG "movers and shakers" who they depend on to rally to their cause when it comes time to play their political tricks as they try to "take back the Cape" and deliver it back into the hands of the once reigning self-serving wind-corrupt oligarchy that the voters booted out of office in 2011.

The intent of the Democrat-CFG email appeared to be to perpetuate a dirty slur campaign against their local political foe, John Byrne.

The Democrat's email called attention to Addie Russell's quip and provided a link to the Newzjunky "sound bite".

The author of the email to the Democrat-CFG wrote, "Yesterday Addie was interviewed by Jeff Graham on his Hotline show. She has been committed to running a positive campaign so it was Jeff who brought up some "dirt". In her email, she wrote her version of the "dirt" and concluded, "I encourage you to share these tidbits far and wide! I did post it on Facebook (Cape Vincent Democrat) so feel free to send me a friend request and share it or post it yourself. We need to spread the word!"

Thus far the Russell - Byrne race for the 116th. has remained positive and the voters have yet to become distracted from the real issues that have been well explained and professionally debated by the candidates.

The "dirt" being dug up and once again being slung by the Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG is old news that has been sloshing around the Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG political gutter for years. Nothing new.

From knowing and respecting both Addie Russell and John Byrne, a positive campaign is exactly what I would expect. Let's hope that dirty doings by the disgruntled Cape Vincent Democrat-CFG do not drag either of them into the political gutter as they enter the last week of the campaign.

You can read more about the Addie Russell and John Byrne appearances on Hotline at WDT: We'll See If Danny Francis Likes Today's HOTLINE and Byrne Holds Up Well During Hourlong Inquisition.

You can listen to the complete John Byrne Hotline interview at this link to Newzjunkie

The Eastern Lake Ontario entrance to the St. Lawrence River and the beautiful town and village of Cape Vincent, New York is a significant section of the proposed SASS designation for the Thousand Islands Region.

This map from illustrates the latest version of the SASS district proposed for the Thousand Islands Region. The Town and Village of Cape Vincent offers the only views of Lake Ontario and provides miles of roads from which the pubic can enjoy views and free access to the Lake and River.

Consultant confident Thousand Islands will be designated as a Scenic Area of Statewide Significance

Town of Cape Vincent and Village of Cape Vincent candidates can be found on ROW B

Incredibly strong Row B of the 2014  Village and Town of Cape Vincent ballots is where you will find Cape Vincent's candidates.

Michelle T. Oswald - Cape Vincent Town Council
Jerry D. Golden - Village of Cape Vincent Trustee
Joseph J. Gould - Village of Cape Vincent Trustee

Vote Row B

Town of Cape Vincent and Village of Cape Vincent well represented at October 27 TIRAP-SASS meeting.

The Thousand Islands Regional Assessment Project (TIRAP) Advisory Board held a public meeting on Monday October 27th, 2014 in the Haxall Building Board Room at the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, NY at 4:00 PM. The meeting was held to review the drafted maps outlining the possible areas for designation as a NY State Scenic Area of Statewide Significance (SASS). The consultant firm of Dodson and Flinker has utilized GIS data, maps, photos and survey data to inform the study and discuss findings.

Town of Cape Vincent Board candidate Marty Mason was a plaintiff in a New York State SLAPP action against numerous Cape Vincent citizens and voters who spoke out against his conduct on the town board. A court affidavit by plaintiff Gary King verifies Marty Mason's involvement in what many believe was voter disenfranchisement and intimidation in a Democrat-CFG attempt to get Marty re-elected.

A SLAPP action is a strategic lawsuit against public participation intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.

The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff's goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. A SLAPP is often preceded by a legal threat. The difficulty is that plaintiffs do not present themselves to the Court admitting that their intent is to censor, intimidate or silence their critics. 

On July 18th., 2012 in Supreme Court of the State of New York County of Jefferson, Marty Mason and seven other plaintiffs filed a complaint against two Cape Vincent bloggers and John Does who were criticizing the town government and wind lease holding town board member's and their appointee's efforts to develop industrial wind in the Town of Cape Vincent.

In the claim, the plaintiffs described themselves as "former members of the town council in Cape Vincent", and members of Voters for Wind and Citizens for Fair Government. The court later identified some of the plaintiffs as British Petroleum lease holders.

At the time, Jefferson Leaning Left, named in the claim, had received over thirty thousand comments from John Does, mostly critical of industrial wind. As in any typical SLAPP action, it appeared that the plaintiffs "intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics" through "fear, intimidation and mounting legal costs". It also appeared that there were hopes of winning in the court of public opinion as some plaintiffs and their supporters resorted to and generated public harassment of the bloggers and John Does who were critical of their political actions.

Among other things Marty Mason, kicked out of office by the voters in 2011, claimed that the actions of the defendants deprived him of his public office on the town board. He and the other plaintiffs prayed for a trial and  they promised to investigate the internet, hunt down the John Does and financially punish them. The SLAPP action gained national attention from legal groups who were working with Congress to enact legislation that would prevent using the courts for censoring, intimidation and silencing those who have constitutional rights to speak out on contentious issues.

The action against Jefferson's Leaning Left was resolved and the blogger continued to blog. In the spring of 2013, the Honorable Judge James P. McClusky held a hearing regarding the dismissal of Marty Mason's (and other) claims against Pandora's Box of Rocks. Although a large contingent of blogger supporters and John Doe supporters attended the court hearing in Watertown, NY, none of the plaintiffs, including Marty Mason, showed up to face those they had accused. Their lawyer from Cincinnati did not show up, either. The plaintiffs were represented by a local substitute who heard the Judge refer to the action as a SLAPP.

The following is what Supreme Court Judge McClusky wrote in his decision on the first of three issues regarding Pandora's Box of Rock's motion for dismissal.

The post relating to Marty Mason and Donnie Mason set forth in paragraph 17 of the complaint identifies the facts upon which the objectionable statement is made, specifically that both Mason's have contracts with wind developers and that Donnie Mason introduced a resolution before the Town of Cape Vincent Board in an attempt to limit those who may vote in Cape Vincent. The fact that the Masons have contracts with wind developers and that Donnie Mason submitted a resolution seeking to restrict who may vote is the basis of the Defendant's opinion statement that they are not fit to hold office. If the Court were to hold that such a statement is actionable, virtually any criticism of a candidate for office because he supports one position over another would be actionable and the first amendment would be totally gutted.

On that issue, the decision favored the blogger and not Gary King, Harvey White, Donnie Mason, Marty Mason, Paul Mason, Marlene Burton, Darrell Burton and Frank Giaquinto 

The second post, alleged in paragraph 18 of the Plaintiffs' complaint as defamatory, Recites that Defendant falsely stated the Plaintiffs were "attempting to take the right away from people to be voters against wind", and 'wanted to deny citizens in our community a choice." Plaintiff King's own Affidavit states that he and the Plaintiffs (who were also identified as supporters of Citizens for Fair Government) gathered to find a solution to stop voting practices which they thought were illegal, and that Plaintiffs supported a position that voters be required to show a driver's license with a Cape Vincent address in order to vote in local elections. This requirement would deny the right to vote of citizens who are legally registered to vote in Cape Vincent who do not possess a driver's license with a Cape Vincent address. Undoubtedly, some of these individuals would vote against pro-wind and/or candidates No evidence has been presented to show this statement is false. Plaintiffs may legitimately believe these people do not have the right to vote in Cape Vincent, but their belief doesn't make the statement false or slanderous.

On that issue, the decision also favored the blogger and not Gary King, Harvey White, Donnie Mason, Marty Mason, Paul Mason, Marlene Burton, Darrell Burton and Frank Giaquinto.