The Town Crier

Monday, March 30, 2015

Congratulations to my 9th. grade grandaughter who has survived preliminary eliminations and was selected to attend a United States Olympics Luge Training Program. She is spending her school vacation week in Lake Placid participating in physical training and zipping down the USA Olympic luge run.

Just a blur as my granddaughter is shown on live feed
making one of her breakneck speed training runs.

You can watch an Isabel Wiley luge run 
at this link.

Henderson Harbor Guides Association vice president, "Unfortunately, it would ruin the character of the island."

This picture was taken on Jefferson County's Galloo island around 1915. My uncle is seen "photo bombing" the shot of my aunt and the lighthouse keeper's daughters. 
Bill Moore, The JCIDA and the Hounsfield Town Board have announced intentions to turn the Jefferson County Golden Crescent ecological treasure into a massive industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone that will become an eyesore seen from neighboring Eastern Lake Ontario towns and from their world famous sport fisheries.

Wind Power Stirs up controversy in Henderson

When water meets land, there's wind. And when wind meets windmill, there's controversy.  

Some residents in Henderson don't want to see those blades spinning and lights blinking across the Harbor.

"Unfortunately, it would ruin the character of the island," said  Mitch Franz, Henderson Harbor Guides Association Vice President. 

Read about the proposal for an Eastern Lake Ontario industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone at this link.

From a security standpoint, it does not make sense to put 600 foot industrial wind turbines on Jefferson County's Galloo Island at the country's border.

North East Windmills
FAA Denies Pioneer Green Energy Extension for Wind Turbine Construction - Air Traffic Control at Erie objected due to significant radar impacts
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Pioneer Green Energy was just handed a pretty serious setback in their attempts to keep their proposed Erie County, PA wind turbine project alive. Any structure over 200 feet tall must receive approval from the FAA before construction can begin. Originally, approvals for the 67 turbine locations were issued on September 9th, 2012 and were scheduled to expire on May 27th, 2014. Since no turbines have been built and no construction has started, Pioneer applied for an extension of the project. Just last week, October 9th, 2014, the FAA denied the extension requests due to objections from air traffic control at Erie.
Due to age of this study and/or ongoing changes to airspace usage, we have determined that an extension to the determination would not be in the best interests of aviation. Therefore, the determination issued under the above cited aeronautical study number will expire on 05/27/2014.
After further evaluation, Air Traffic Control at Erie Tower/TRACON has objected to the wind turbine project extension due to significant radar impacts.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Village of Cape Vincent tables water/sewer rate change public hearing that commenced in August 2014.

Minutes from March 10, 2015 Village of Cape Vincent Board of Trustees Meeting

Mayor Timothy D. Maloney opened the meeting at 5:30 PM with Trustees Jerry Golden, Elisabeth Brennan, Pamela Youngs and Joseph Gould present. Mayor Timothy Maloney welcomed the attendees and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trustee Golden made the motion to dispense with the reading of the February 24, 2015 meeting minutes as written with a few typo corrections with Trustee Youngs seconding the motion and all voting yes.

The Board reviewed additions to Abstract 10 as follows: General: $18,283.64
Water: $49,397.42
Sewer: $6,381.16

Upon review, Trustee Gould made the motion to approve payment of the abstract with Trustee Golden seconding the motion and all voting yes.
No DPW report was given.
Trustee Golden gave a police department report. The OIC will have the evaluations for the department completed by the end of March. OIC Strejlau is also working on his budget and will be attending the next budget worksession to review it with Board. Also, OIC Strejlau informed Trustee Golden that there was prior Board’s approval for all overtime and the step/rate increase for all the officers. There is still some concern over the frozen sewer lines at the Law Building and a lock at the Law Building. After a brief discussion, Trustee Golden will be contacting Kathryn Cataldo, acting Superintendent during Marty Mason’s vacation, to get status updates on the sewer lines and lock.
The Board then reviewed the Treasurer’s Report and had no questions or concerns. Mayor Maloney then spoke on “old” business as follows:
  •   EMS update- The last meeting had to be cancelled and the next meeting will be held March 11, 2015.
  •   Horne’s invoice-Mayor Maloney will call George Horne and inquire on the status of the invoice and the Clerk can mail a copy of the invoice if needed.
  •   Reed beds at Sewer plant- The Board reviewed an email sent by attorney Gebo, who reviewed the contract. The total cost of the project would be roughly $48,000 and would be paid by the Sewer project. Trustee Brennan inquired about a guarantee. Trustee Youngs stated that in the contract, it does provide a two year guarantee. The Board then discussed several portions of the contract, to include, the payment schedule and the timeline. Mayor Maloney will also be in contact with the Engineers and the DEC for verification on the species and what is needed to move forward.

Mayor Maloney then addressed “new” business as follows:
  •   Water/Sewer rate change-Public hearing date tabled.
  •   Trustee Brennan asked if there is anything new to report about DANC and the water rate.
    Mayor Maloney gave a briefing of his last meeting with Tom Sauter and Carl Farone. At this point, Mayor Maloney will be in contact with CPA Libbie Wheeler from Bowers & Co. to verify all information going back to 2010 has been captured in the suggested rates.
  •   Trustee Golden stated that he had had a discussion with the Mayor of Clayton about the possibilities of supplying them with our water. They would be open to future discussions.
  •   The Bid opening for the Packer will be held March 24th at 6:00pm.
  •   The Mayor then reviewed and signed the SPEDS permit for the Sewer plant.
Trustee Youngs then spoke briefly on the SASS letter that was received from Cliff Schneider. There was a discussion about the SASS for the Cape Vincent area and it was stated that there will be a public hearing in April to get more information.

Trustee Brennan then asked if the date had been set for the meeting with Michael Mannigan from RD for the Mayors and Supervisors of the River Communities. Mayor Maloney stated that the meeting had been set but he didn’t remember the date at this time. Mayor Maloney will be attending.

Trustee Golden then inquired about the Planner status for the town and village. Trustee Brennan informed the Board that there will be a Development Committee meeting will be at the Library at 5:30 pm Wednesday March 11, 2015 and there will be a group from the Syracuse area giving a presentation.

Trustee Brennan made the motion at 6:44pm to adjourn the meeting with Trustee Golden seconding the motion and all voting yes.

Respectively submitted,
Mary E. Rupp, Clerk/Treasurer 

"The Cape Vincent American Legion Auxiliary 832 will collect items for the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County’s fourth annual Seeds & Needs campaign."

Seed donations sought

Friday, March 27, 2015

Watertown Daily Times, "Hudson Energy’s (Galloo Island) turbines could be up to more than 200 feet taller than those proposed by Upstate, possibly setting the stage for another legal challenge from Henderson."

Appellate court reverses ruling that Hounsfield must pay attorneys $160k

The Town of Cape Vincent's Tibbetts Point will get potable water.

Cape Vincent to break ground on water project in April

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"People should know that last year an outside consultant and media expert was brought in to our region by a few powerful families for the express purpose of killing SASS."

“United we stand, divided we fall”.  This phrase was popularized in modern times by Founding Father John Dickinson when he composed “The Liberty Song”.  In 1768 he wrote: “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all:  By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!”   The phrase has been used extensively throughout our history and it is worth reflecting on today as some of our waterfront communities are considering the benefits of a SASS designation.

SASS stands for Scenic Area of Statewide Significance, and is part of the NYS Coastal Management Program; there are currently only two such designated areas in New York - portions of the Hudson River Valley, and the village and town of East Hampton, Long Island.  

The Thousand Islands is without a doubt, one of the most scenic and beautiful regions within the state and it is surely worthy and deserving of a SASS designation. In a unique and unprecedented display of cooperation, ten river communities have worked diligently the last couple of years, in partnership, to explore getting a SASS designation for their communities and the region. 

People should know that last year an outside consultant and media expert was brought in to our region by a few powerful families for the express purpose of killing SASS. The consultant is an expert at manipulating public opinion by using fear, uncertainty, and doubt to make things happen or not happen.  These powerful interests have employed both a selective media campaign and aggressive lobbying effort to pick off many River front communities one by one as they have gotten them to withdraw from the SASS effort. 

It is important for people to understand what SASS is or isn’t. The purpose of SASS is to identify, evaluate, and preserve specific areas of scenic value within a region or designated area. SASS does not require any new or additional permits or licenses, nor does it impose any new regulations on development.  It works within existing regulations in that, if a permit is required under State or Federal rules, then there is an additional step in the evaluation process that asks the appropriate permitting authority to comment on any impact that the request may have on the shoreline area viewshed.  

The shoreline areas are the only areas of concern under SASS. There are no other impacts on the balance of a town.  This means that there are no mandated controls, regulations or modifications to existing town laws.  SASS can issue an opinion about the impact of a project on scenic views, but it does not approve or disapprove any projects, as it has no regulatory power or authority.  

A review of the facts shows that between 2000 and 2014 there were 1917 applications that required evaluation within the SASS designated area on the Hudson River. Of these, 23 were considered for review and only 4 of these were found to have a significant issue relative to impact on the view shed.  That is less the 0.2% of the applications.  This is a very small number and substantiates the point that very few development projects have been adversely affected by SASS.  
Cape Vincent and Clayton are fortunate in that they have dealt with the Department of State (DOS) under the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for many, many years and they know how to deal with LWRP requirements.  Since the DOS policies for a scenic review are the same under both SASS and LWRP, there is not a new learning curve and no additional review would be required.
If Cape Vincent and Clayton continue to work together to achieve a SASS there is a high probability that it will be granted. A SASS designation for these communities is not only consistent with their comprehensive plans, but will also serve as a driver for economic development by encouraging more tourism. 

We have been entrusted with the awesome responsibility of protecting the unique character and benefits that Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River bring to our towns.  We have an obligation and a responsibility to our children and future generations to do our best to not make decisions that will have an adverse affect on our Towns and on the Thousand Islands region.

By standing together Cape Vincent and Clayton can be the nucleus to do what is right for its citizens and the region as a whole.  And perhaps some of the other communities that have opted out of SASS, will reconsider and opt back in when they see the benefits that SASS can bring to the Thousand Islands.

Please remember -  “United we stand, divided we fall.”

Michael J. Comerford
Cape Vincent

Submitted to JLL

United States federal, state and local taxpayers would be better served if their dollars were committed to research and development rather that going into the back pockets of mostly foreign industrial wind development subsidy mining fat-cat welfare queens.

Daily Caller

ECO 110 wind turbines manufactured by Alstom are seen in the Landes de Couesme wind 
Senator Alexander: End Wind Subsidies To Fund Science

Michael Bastasch

Sen. Lamar Alexander has a proposal for Democrats: End subsidies to wind power producers and use that money to double funding for federal energy research at the Department of Energy.

“Washington has a bad habit of picking winners and losers, and an addiction to wasteful subsidies of all kinds – we need to end these policies,” the Tennessee Republican said during a hearing on DOE’s 2016 budget request Wednesday.

For years, many Republican lawmakers have been looking to end the Wind Production Tax Credit (wind PTC) which has been extended nine times since 1992. The wind PTC pays wind farm operators for the first 10 years of electricity produced. The wind lobby has fought hard to reinstate the subsidy after it expired at the end of last year.

It is time for concerned citizens to prepare their objections to a proposed Galloo Island Industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone.

Concerned citizens opposing a Galloo Island Industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone should become familiar with British Petroleum's failed attempt at using Article 10 to do the same to Cape Vincent and the Thousand Island Islands. 

It is expected that soon, Bill Moore will apply for a New York State Article 10 application that would allow him to sacrifice Galloo Island to the business of subsidy mining federal, state and local taxpayer money.

On September 17, 2012 British Petroleum filed, with the New York State Department of Public Service, an Article 10 Application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to construct an Approximately 200 - 285 Megawatt Wind Electric Generating Facility in the Town of Cape Vincent, New York.

After nearly two years, on February 27, 2014 British Petroleum, during a time when they were balking at providing to the PSC and the public an accurate visual simulation of the project,  they filed a request to withdraw their application. PSC Matter Number 12-02056 was closed.

During the Article 10 filing, 340 testimonial comments were submitted by the public. All but a few of those testimonials were in opposition to British Petroleum's Article 10 PSC Application.

Comments in opposition to turning the Town of Cape Vincent into a British Petroleum industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone were submitted by hundreds of private citizens, The Association of Towns of the State of New York, A member of Congress, Save the River,  town governments, visiting tourists, town planners, representatives from various agencies, birding groups, etc. Hundreds wrote opposition and concern and they represented thousands more.

During British Petroleum's attempt to turn Cape Vincent and the Thousand Islands into an energy factory, they were unable to prove to the PSC that there was either a "Public need" for their industrial wind zone or "Environmental Compatibility". When a PSC judge asked British Petroleum for visual simulations, the visuals were prepared but never released to the general public. Understandably so, because they confirmed that a Cape Vincent wind factory would be a scenic disaster for Jefferson County and major portions of the Golden Crescent and the Thousand Islands.

When British Petroleum abandoned its PCS application and the Cape Vincent wind project a London based international business news organization wrote "Reports claim the decision to pull the plug on the project follow years of controversy in the community as the majority of residents were against the plan."

Considering the public outrage expressed by those who testified with their comments to the PSC, those reports would certainly be accurate. Especially since Article X and the revised Article 10 PSC energy siting law does not have a history of forcing energy facilities on local governments that do not want them. And, we must remember that comments and testimony in PSC matters become the official public record. That record has not and will not go away. Wind developers hate public records opposing their projects because they know that future lawsuits and expensive legal fees are part of the business.

If you are a Jefferson County taxpayer, public official, seasonal resident taxpayer, local business person and a lover of The Golden Crescent, Eastern End of Lake Ontario and the Thousand Island Region, please visit British Petroleum's failed New York State PSC application matter at this link.

The pending Article 10, Galloo Island PSC Case Matter will be your vehicle to make your concerns known and become part of the public record and a visit to the British Petroleum matter will help you prepare.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Is there anyone who does not comprehend the significance of this?

2013 comment from the Town of Lyme and the response by BP in the Cape Vincent wind project pre-application: 

Comment from the Town of Lyme: Policy 24- Prevent impairment of scenic resources of statewide significance. CVWP (BP) has not adequately addressed how it intends to meet this policy requirement since the Chaumont River corridor is a statewide scenic resource located on the Seaway Trail. Chaumont Bay is part of what is known as the Golden Crescent. CVWP needs to conduct a thorough cost analysis of different options that will meet this requirement. In addition it needs to work with the community to address its concerns.  

RESPONSE from BP: We are unable to verify that the Chaumont River and Golden Crescent are Statewide Scenic resources

            Interpretation: Lyme - You keep saying you think your scenic resources are something special but there is no documentation or special designation. 

So why would any Thousand Island - Golden Crescent Town NOT want the benefit of a SASS designation?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jefferson County's Gallo Island could become an industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone whose major profit would be the collection of massive amounts of wind welfare.

DOE Wind Fantasies (same assumptions, same results)

By  -- March 24, 2015
“Before Americans are asked to pay more billions for an energy resource that still, after 23 years, cannot stand on its own two feet, Congress should ask DOE to get out of the vision business and report on the practicality of wind energy reaching even 10% of the U.S. power market.”
The Department of Energy, has once again buddied up with its friends in the wind industry to releasing an updated vision of how the United wind energy can achieve a 20% market share of the electricity (not total energy) market by 2030. This time, DOE went a step further to claim we could get to 10% wind by 2020 and a whopping 35% wind by 2050 (wind’s current electric-market share is 4.5%).

The Towns of Cape Vincent and Clayton could still join together in achieving the recognition and receiving the benefits of becoming New York State's third State Area of Scenic Recognition.

Thousand Islands’ scenic-designation effort deflating as Hammond backs out

It has been one year now since British Petroleum abandoned its plans to turn the Town of Cape Vincent and the Thousand Islands into an Industrial Wind Turbine Sacrifice Zone. Jefferson County and its Golden Crescent is now facing the same threat with a renewed proposal that might place dozens of 600 foot plus wind towers in a Galloo Island industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone.

So, one year ago, why did British Petroleum ultimately pull the plug on Cape Vincent at a time when corporate profits were at an all time high?

I suppose if opponents of the Gallo Island proposal want to know the answer to that question, then they might look at what major news sources news sources were publishing. And for British Petroleum's announcement to the business world you might want to check out a major business news source that is located close to the home base of the very multi-national making the "business decision". In this case, British Petroleum which has a major corporate campus in Sunbury-on-Thames, London, United Kingdom.

ENERGYLIVE NEWS is a London based energy news site.

ELN is the leading dedicated energy news site in the UK. Its mix of daily text stories and creative tv is award winning. It makes energy issues easy to understand and appeals to both the b2b sector and casual reader. It is independent and was created in 2010 to bring to life the important issues around all kinds of energy.

This is how ELN reported the British Petroleum-Cape Vincent, NY USA major energy news development:

BP ‘pulls plug on US wind project’

Energy giant BP has reportedly said it is withdrawing its application for a wind project in the US.
The company was planning to develop the Cape Vincent wind farm in northern New York with a total capacity of up to 285MW.

Reports claim the decision to pull the plug on the project follow years of controversy in the community as the majority of residents were against the plan.

Jason Ryan, a spokesperson for BP reportedly said in a statement: “BP Wind Energy is concluding the divestment of the remaining assets in its wind development portfolio and proceeding to terminate our position in the Cape Vincent, NY wind farm.”
Last year BP announced its intention to divest its wind energy development portfolio.

Yes, the Cape Vincent Bp story became the buzz of of energy internet contributors around the world and local resistance was determined to be a key factor

Take Kevin Mooney's analysis, for example.

Kevin Mooney is an investigative reporter and author who writes for several Washington D.C.-area based publications including:  the Washington Times, Washington Examiner,, Big, Big, the Daily Caller, The American Spectator, the Capital Research Center, NewsBusters and He also works as an investigative reporter for The Pelican Institute, a free market think tank based in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Kevin previously worked as a reporter with where he broke several news stories concerning border security policies, drug cartel activity and potential acts of terrorism.

He has also reported on the environmental movement, its impact on economic activity and new scientific data that questions the premise of man-made global warming. Another special area of interest concerns the actions  of organized labor and how it relates back to public policy and the free market.

This is what Kevin had to say about Bp pulling the plug on my home town.

"Here’s a victory over the forces of renewable (and I would say unworkable) green energy boondoggles.  Hopefully, we’ll begin to read about outcomes like this."


Monday, March 23, 2015

Village of Cape Vincent proposed raise in water rates still undecided.

According to the February 24, 2015 Village of Cape Vincent Board meeting minutes, "The water/sewer rate change public hearing date has been tabled." Setting of a hearing date was listed as an agenda item for their March 10 meeting.

Last Aug. 27,  a large attendance listened to Mayor Tim Maloney and the Cape Vincent Village Trustees explain their need for raising water rates for village customers.  After the board explained their necessity for the increase, Village taxpayers learned that a little more money was needed to cover the expenses of providing village water. The proposal was to raise the base quarterly water rate by $5.00 per quarter but increase the quarterly allotment before additional charges are added for usage above the allotment. The $5.00 base rate increase would generate a little over $10,000 per year.

One village resident pointed out that a Town of Cape Vincent farm, formerly an outside village user,  owed the village over $20,000 in uncollected water fees. Mayor Maloney confirmed the uncollected debt and announced that the village had placed a lien on the property and that the farm was now disconnected from the village and hooked up to the town water supply. A trustee added that the village shuts off the service to delinquents who fall behind. It was pointed out to the trustees that collecting that debt would go a long way in covering the shortage of village water department funds.

Residents attending the meeting asked some water district financial questions which the Village Clerk was unable to answer at the hearing  but were told the information would be made available for those who stop by the village office.

More recently, at the Thursday, March 17 Town of Cape Vincent Board Meeting, Councilman Marty Mason, who also serves as the Village of Cape Vincent Supervisor of Public Works, made a motion, which passed,  to assess each town water customer $70.00 in 2015, decreasing to $35.00 in 2016, because, "We (the village) are behind in the first payment" for the fourth filter added to the village system.