The Town Crier

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Monster Galloo Island wind turbines would impact the beautiful eastern end of Lake Ontario.

It appears that a wind developer might soon be filing a New York State Public Service Article 10 intent to apply  for a Galloo Island Industrial Wind Project.

The proposed project might have fewer turbines than the original proposal for the Gallo industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone, but the new turbines are likely to be new generation monster towers over 600 ft. high or nearly twice the height of those on Wolfe Island.

Turbines that high will be seen from Kingston to Oswego and will impact Lake properties in Cape Vincent, Lyme, Brownville, Henderson and Oswego County.

It is possible that the Jefferson County IDA and the town of Hounsfield will cooperate with the sacrificing of the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

According to the New York State Department of Conservation the value of the local fisheries exceeded $112 million per year.

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During the 2015 season, Cape Vincent, NY will be the host to several professional and amateur fishing contests. The youngsters shown above are admiring a catch entered in a 2014 Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce event.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In recent years, The American Bald Eagle has returned to the Thousand Islands.

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In the last few years, several pairs of adult American Bald eagles have established successful nests in the Thousand Islands Region. This one, on Carlton Island, Town of Cape Vincent, has produced 4 eaglets in the last two seasons. Eagles have been seen in the town thoughout this harsh winter.

The New York Department of Conservation is seeking public comment about bald eagles

Cape Vincent's great fishing gets an additional boost with new walleye spawning bed.

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Sunrise over Kent's Creek, downstream from where the Fish and Wildlife Service is constructing a
spawning bed for walleye.

New York’s first walleye spawning bed built in Cape Vincent

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winners of Cape Vincent Ice Fishing Derby Announced.

"The government is (still) considering the creation of an endless welfare system for big wind companies." And, there are revived efforts to suck more from the public trough and sacrifice Jefferson County's Galloo Island.

February 24, 2015

Commentary From The Hill

What do we have to show for government subsidies of wind power?
By Randy T. Simmons, contributor, and Jordan Lofthouse 
 For the past 23 years, the federal government has subsidized wind power with tens of billions of taxpayer dollars through the Production Tax Credit (PTC). What do we have to show for it? Wind energy only supplied 1.6 percent of total U.S. energy in 2014. Now the Department of Energy wants to reach a ridiculous goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030. The fledgling wind industry has no hope of reaching that goal on its own, and the government wants to stick the American taxpayer with the bill to sustain an industry that can't sustain itself.

The PTC was originally intended to give the wind industry the kickstart it needed to be self-sufficient. But, despite wind energy's 23-year reliance on fiscal training wheels, the Obama administration now wants to make the PTC permanent. Let that sink in a little bit. The government is considering the creation of an endless welfare system for big wind companies. If that isn't crony capitalism, I don't know what is.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Seasonal residents have a right to a clear and democratic voice in a seasonal community.

There has been relatively little activity on wind power projects in New York State over the past year.  But there has been some and we should keep our eyes on it.  Developers keep trying to site wind farms in Cattaraugus County and Chautauqua County. There is a  proposal for a wind project in Orleans County along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.  A project in Steuben County is being discussed.  Developers are seeking to move into Franklin County in Northern NY just outside the Adirondack Park.  And most recently we have seen published reports of a developer taking a renewed interest in the horrible idea of putting up a new generation of 600 ft. tall wind turbines on Galloo Island right here in Jefferson County.

With this in mind, JLL is reposting below an item that has previously appeared here.  It is an appeal and a questionnaire that seeks to prompt the seasonal residents of the Thousand Islands communities to think hard about where they should be registered to vote.

As you review this post, keep in mind a very important key fact.  And that is this.  Every wind project that has been built in New York State was built with the approval and support of the local elected town council.  And no wind project has ever been built in New York that was opposed by the local town council – whether under local or state siting authority.

Think about that.  And as a seasonal resident of this area, also think therefor about how important it is for you to have an active part in deciding who will represent you in your Thousand Islands area town government. 

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The Wolfe Island Industrial Wind Turbine Sacrifice Zone was established during the winter of 2008-2009. In the fall of 2008, many Thousand Island residents who had left the area were totally unaware of what their Canadian neighbors were about to do to the Gateway of the beautiful Thousand Islands. At the time, industrial wind corruption had infiltrated local governments on the US side and those governments had no intention of defending the splendor of the region.
Seasonal residents were shocked upon their spring 2008 return. When seasonal residents took the step to register to vote in the Town of Cape Vincent, wind lease corrupted public officials started a movement that was intended to deny them the right to register and vote in Cape Vincent.

    So?  Are You In or Are You Out?

Let’s See If Answering a Few Questions Can Help You Make up Your Mind

In the recently decided election for a Town Council seat in the Town of Cape Vincent, NY, the outcome was determined by seven votes.

The candidate who prevailed is one who has long been in favor of large-scale wind power development in Cape Vincent and hoped to personally profit from such development by leasing his land to the developer.  He has in the past claimed that wind development might as well be occurring in Cape Vincent because the town was economically dying anyway.

The candidate who lost the Council seat by seven votes was one who has long been a staunch opponent of the grossly inappropriate wind development proposal.  She understood the obvious facts that such development would radically alter the nature of the town, destroy its special scenic qualities, send property values into a downward spiral, and create a noise pollution nuisance for nearly all the residents of the town.

And yet, with this stark contrast before the voters, the candidate who was on record for wanting to save the town was defeated by a candidate who was on record as being willing to destroy it as we know it and personally profit in so doing.

How was that outcome possible?  It should not have even been close. Why did not the majority of Cape Vincent residents who are of eligible voting age overwhelmingly select the candidate whose positions far more closely reflected those of the majority of town residents? The reason is simple. The majority checked out.  The majority did not participate sufficiently.

Far too many of the seasonal residents of Cape Vincent, obviously, still do not fully appreciate and comprehend the importance of their ongoing participation in the political life of the town.

The recent election and other local elections in recent years, and all that has been written about them on this blog and elsewhere, should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that a seasonal resident has every right to vote in Cape Vincent local elections -- as much as any resident.  Let’s accept that as a settled fact and that there is no need to once again explain federal and New York election law that makes clear the right of a seasonal resident to vote in that seasonal community, rather than where the person may reside for another portion of the year.

Instead of explaining here again that you have the right to vote as a seasonal resident, let’s review some considerations that may convince you as to why you should vote in Cape Vincent. Perhaps the best way to consider why you (most of you, surely) should vote in Cape Vincent, and not somewhere else where you live and where you would be eligible to vote, is to put the analysis in the form of a questionnaire.

Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions. Just answer the question by checking Yes or No, or by checking Cape Vincent or Other:

Do you believe that the composition of the Cape Vincent Town Council (and the Cape Vincent Village Board of Trustees) matters in representing and protecting your interests as a seasonal resident?

Yes ___    No ___

Do you believe you need to pay more attention now than in years long gone by to the initiatives, priorities, and actions of local government in Cape Vincent?

Yes ____   No ____

Do you think that British Petroleum’s decision to terminate its wind development efforts in Cape Vincent earlier this year means that your interests as a seasonal resident are no longer in jeopardy?

Yes ____   No ____

Do you believe that wind development efforts in the town in recent years, and local elections there in recent years, have highlighted a substantial dismissiveness, disregard, resentment, and even contempt by some public officials toward the seasonal resident constituency in the town?

Yes ____   No ____

Do you agree that the smaller the population of a community the greater the likelihood that a local election will be decided by a very narrow margin?
Yes ____   No ____

Does the community where you reside other than Cape Vincent have a local population larger than Cape Vincent’s?
Yes ____   No ____

Where do you think it is more likely that an election would be decided by only a handful of votes? 

Cape Vincent  ____   Other residence ____

Do you have a compelling reason to vote in the community of your residence other than Cape Vincent? For example, are you a public official of another community or do you have some other professional or business reason to remain registered to vote there rather than Cape Vincent?

Yes ____   No ____

Where do you believe you have more at risk in terms of your personal, family, and financial well-being?

Cape Vincent ____   Other residence ____

Where do you believe more could go wrong by virtue of local government actions that would jeopardize your property interests and quality of life?

Cape Vincent ____   Other residence ____

Are you fully aware that where you register to vote is not a determining factor when considering income tax liability, motor vehicle registration and insurance, or legal matters pertaining to marital status, estate administration and settlement, eligibility for social services, child custody or other such considerations?

Yes ____  No ____

Do you understand that claiming a NY STAR Program residential property tax reduction is in no way restricted by your decision to register to vote from Cape Vincent?  Do you understand correctly that you may claim a STAR reduction for any NY residence you own that you consider to be your primary residence, and that your seasonal residence in Cape Vincent may be the residence you consider to be your primary residence?

Yes ____  No ____

Do you want a town and village government that regards seasonal residents as an important component of the community, and that is inclined to be always looking for ways to make Cape Vincent an attractive and appealing place for existing and new seasonal homeowners?

Yes ____  No ____

That should about cover it. Your answers to these several questions will hopefully help you to appreciate that it is highly likely that your interests in Cape Vincent would be best represented by town and village officials who truly welcome your presence.  Does it make any sense at all for you to think otherwise – or, worse, not to think about this at all?

Please make a thoughtful and well informed decision about where best to exercise your right to vote – not just for one election but for as long as you are a seasonal resident of Cape Vincent.

Don’t make the huge mistake of choosing where to vote based on a longstanding practice that is nothing more than a habit and no longer makes sense for you. Make that decision with your eyes wide open.

Don’t make this decision complicated. It isn’t.

Above all, don’t decide where you are going to be a voter based on completely incorrect and deliberately misleading information intended to confuse you or intimidate you.

Seasonal residents have much to gain by paying attention and participating, and even more to lose by not becoming part of the permanent political landscape in Cape Vincent.

Register to vote – and vote – in the one place you love the most, where you have the most to lose, and where your one vote will count the most.

Friday, February 20, 2015

It is just a few days shy of one year since BP left Cape Vincent.

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When British Petroleum pulled the plug on their Cape Vincent industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone, a London business news agency, EnergyLive reported, " the decision to pull the plug on the project (Cape Vincent, NY USA) follow years of controversy in the community as the majority of residents were against the plan." More and more communities are speaking out and telling the developers they don't want their projects.

(A JLL reader contribution)

Looks like BP is again trying to sell off its extensive US wind assets. They took their projects off the market for a second time early last year when they failed to find any buyers prepared to offer a price BP considered sufficient. From the looks of the present state of the wind business, there is not much reason to think BP will have better luck this time – unless perhaps they set really low bargain basement asking prices.)

It should prompt us to remind ourselves --- would you want a big electric generating facility in your neighborhood that nobody really wanted to own – at least not after the existing owner skimmed off the benefit of the tax credits that were the only reason to build the project in the first place?

Oct. 7, 2014 09:30 EST
Breaking news from SparkSpread (

Feb. 19, 2015

BP looks to relaunch U.S. wind sale

BP is reportedly considering putting its North American wind farm generation business back up for sale.

To view the article in full, go to SparkSpread (, the leading real-time news service covering financing, M&A, and trading in the energy industry.

Obstructionists opposed to land conservation appear to be gaining headway in preventing the Thousand Islands from becoming a New York Statewide Area of Scenic Significance. The SASS proposal would officially designate a part of the Town of Cape Vincent and others in the Saint Lawrence River Valley as a most beautiful part of the State.

Support unravels for scenic-area designation as Orleans drops out

Cape Vincent Town Council balks at economic study of four Thousand Islands Towns

River-community study on hold after USDA pitches competing proposal

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cape Vincent will host the NY Department of State SASS draft report informational public meeting on April 13.

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The Canadian Wolf Island Industrial Wind Turbine Sacrifice Zone has not only slaughtered thousands of birds, but it has interrupted the bucolic nature of the otherwise beautiful Gateway to New York State's Thousand Island Region.

Draft report moves Thousand Islands communities closer to scenic-area designation

Municipalities in the Thousand Islands region, determined to protect waterfront landscapes from unwanted tall structures such as wind turbines and exhaust stacks, have received a draft report that’s needed to designate the area as a Scenic Area of Statewide Significance.

Read the Ted Booker report at this link.

Read the SASS Final Draft Report at this link.