Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Letter to Voters in Town of Cape Vincent, NY, "“All politics are local.” Cape Vincent citizens need to take time to make a clear decision for the Town Board.

Michelle D. Oswald, Republican candidate/current board member, supports current Town Board beliefs: providing open comments from citizens at every meeting, following NYS procedures for Town Board actions, supporting right to vote for all town citizens, expecting town board members to sign/follow ethics pledge, putting the overall good of the community over individual citizens, recording town board meetings to insure all citizens have access to the town board actions, promoting town development within the Town/Village Comprehensive Plan, cooperating with the village board and school board for community development. 
Her opponent is a previous board member defeated in 2011.  His actions/behavior as town board member, included, among others:  voted on wind issues while holding wind leases (against ethics pledge and NYS law), voted for an illegal resolution to limit voting rights of town citizens, refused to vote for the repeal of this illegal resolution (even after the NYS attorney general declared it illegal), reported the town supervisor to the attorney general for releasing wind sound study data to the public(claim of illegal action dismissed by that office),  sued local citizens in an attempt to limit their freedom of speech, voted against town board audits that had not been completed in many years (lack of financial responsibility), tried to prevent public comments. What were his goals then? In September he lost the Republican primary, then was nominated by the Democrats (but will not be on the Democrat ballot line since the local committee did not follow county election regulations). His past actions speak louder than words.  What are his goals now?  Is he claiming that he has changed, wind was wrong? Why now? Is he claiming that village water rates are going up because of a Town Board decision? Was he on the town board when that DANC agreement was signed? Is he all the local Democrats have to offer?  
I base my vote on candidate actions. Vote Michelle DeJourdan Oswald for ethical behavior, focus on the whole community, transparent government following proper procedures and decisions focused on looking forward.  She has a long family history here (DeJourdans), loves the Cape and will insist on fair local government. She has no financial conflicts of interest.
Vote for the government the Cape deserves, vote Michele DeJourdan Oswald.
James K. Hill
Cape Vincent NY

Jefferson County Board of Elections expedites absentee voting by extending their hours.

Cape Vincent Democrats fail to provide the community with respectable candidates.

Town of Cape Vincent's "Dead Donkey" Democrat leadership fails to secure a line on the 2014 ballot for legitimate Democrat Town and Village candidates.

Town of Cape Vincent residents who wish to serve in public office running as Democrats in the 2014 Village and Town elections were once again let down by the Cape Democrat leadership (sic) who did not follow proper Board of Elections' procedures that would legitimize their caucus and secure a party line on the ballot for their candidates.

In the last few election years, the Cape Vincent Democrat leadership has been pre-occupied with the Citizens for Fair Government in a joint movement, (Democrat-CFG), spinning their wheels in efforts to  intimidate and disenfranchise a major block of  legal voting residents and year-round taxpayers who the CFG-Democrats claim do not have the right to vote in the town. The "secret fraternity" Democrat leadership has wasted their political capital and efforts on the elimination of voters, spreading political prejudice, filing phony legal claims, re-writing ethics and promoting self servitude when they should have been cultivating  political candidates who understand the cultural and business dynamics of the two Cape Vincent voting communities.

Fortunately, for the citizens of the Town and Village of Cape Vincent of all political affiliations their local Republican Party has held its trunk to the grindstone. Through due diligence, open monthly committee meetings and an open local primary  the Republican party has delivered to the Cape Vincent voters three excellent candidates who can be trusted with the business of running their Village and Town.

Vote Row 1B

Michelle DeJourdan Oswald - Town Council
Jerry D. Golden - Village Trustee
Joseph J. Gould - Village Trustee

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Assembly candidate John Byrne receives endorsement.

CONTACT: JOSHUA REAP (315) 463-7539

ABC Endorses John Byrne for Assembly

Syracuse, NY – The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) endorsed John Byrne in the 116th New York Assembly District.

“ABC is proud to support John Byrne in his candidacy for the New York Assembly,” said Brian Sampson, president of the Empire State Chapter of ABC. “John Byrne understands the challenges faced by North Country employers. As a small business owner, he grew a plastics manufacturing company from the ground up, providing jobs and economic opportunity in his community.”

“John Byrne will work to cut Albany’s red tape and help to create jobs and opportunity, just as he did as Vice Chairman of the local development corporation to bring MetalCraft Marine to Cape Vincent,” said Sampson. “As a leading trade association, ABC looks forward to partnering with John Byrne to promote open competition as well as quality training opportunities for construction contractors to help train the next generation of skilled craftspeople.”

ABC has endorsed 48 candidates in New York Assembly races across the state. The full list of endorsed candidates as well as an incumbent scorecard for the New York State Legislature and an explanation of the endorsement process can be found at    


Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is the New York State chapter of a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at

First Annual Cape Vincent Zombie Walk this Saturday, October 25.

Zombies invited to walk, or shuffle, to Tibbetts Point Lighthouse on Saturday

Sacred Valley of the Incas

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It is located in the present-day Peruvian region of Cusco. In colonial documents it is referred to as the "Valley of Yucay." According to recent researches it encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire.

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While there, we stopped to visit a vicuna, alpaca and llama farm.

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Although it is claimed that the annual income of Peruvians is only $750, the country is rich in agricultural resources and products and with a 3.5% unemployment rate Peru is enjoying one the world's fastest growing economies. 

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These animals are hidden under piles of wool.

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Which is turned into fine products.

You should always listen to your teachers, but.....

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With Captain Bob in Cruz Bay.
My high school physics and chemistry teacher reminded me daily that, "if you don't learn this stuff, you will end up on a park bench!"

Well, I learned it, aced it through college, got a bunch of degrees, got a job and here I am, nearly sixty years later......and I still ended up on a park bench!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Town of Cape Vincent Water District #2 members who are complaining about their water rates are passing on their water via private infrastructure that serves over a dozen additional "outside users" who are not members of any town water district. Many consider the business of privately selling DANC and Town Water to "outside users" to be an "illegal practice" that could lead to serious future legal and economic problems for all the taxpayers in the Town's jurisdiction and water commission.

Town Water District 2 users must pay fair share

I have been reading about Water District No. 2 in the town of Cape Vincent. I am not sure why they feel they do not have to pay their fair share for water usage. I am being forced to be in the new water district that is being placed up the Tibbetts Point Road when there has been water to my property since 1942.
In 1989, the seven who are on our line paid for an upgrade to the line with approval by the Village Board and having been paying our bills directly to the village. I don’t blame anyone for wanting to be on the village water system, but why we have to give up what we paid for all those years ago, I cannot understand. I have asked this question many times, and I never get a clear answer.
Read the rest of the Watertown Daily Times letter to the people at this link.

JLL reader comment:

The answer to, "I am not sure why they feel they do not have to pay their fair share..." seems simple enough. The Water 2 people look like they are in the business of supplying water to others. They buy that water from the town of Cape who are the commissioners and from DANC the provider. The cheaper they get it the more they can profit from passing it on to the ones they are serving it to.

If you like lighthouses.....

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The Maiden's Tower  is a tower-lighthouse lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus off the coast of IstanbulTurkey.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Town of Cape Vincent's desperate diminishing despots and Democrat-CFG resort to cutting down and stealing opponent's political signs.

Running on a less than admirable past political record  with an etched-in-stone history of conflicted interests and oligarch-like self-servitude, even resorting to voter intimidation and disenfranchisement may not be working well for the opponent of Town Council member Michelle Oswald. So, as a last resort those lacking a positive and constructive agenda and stuck with only a name from the sordid community splitting-past have, with bolt cutters in hand, resorted to dirty political trickery while stooping low enough to the ground to cut down Michelle Oswald's political signs. 

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Lacking a substantial political platform and an understanding of ethical government, Michelle Oswald's opponents are resorting to political trickery with their embarrassing  attempt to take this election "down to the wire".

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The pictures above show a Michelle Oswald sign that was in the yard of a town resident. 

While political signs are sometimes blown over in the wind - this one was clearly cut off and left on the lawn. Vote Michelle Oswald, incumbent Town Council member on Nov 4 - she will support ALL citizens....even those with a legitimate concern who desperately  resort to cutting down her signs.  

Life can be puzzling.

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But filling in the pieces can be fun.

Early Morning on the Svir River, Russia.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Before you cast your ballot in the November election for Town of Cape Vincent Council member, ask yourself the following questions.

Would you vote for a candidate for your town council  if you thought he might.......

Become a subject of a New York State Attorney General's investigation regarding local government conduct

Vote to oppose an audit of your town's finances at a time when a public servant and relative might be suspected of stealing town money

Vote against paying a bill owed to an accounting firm for legitimate auditing services

Become  a plaintiff in a Supreme Court SLAPP action designed to prevent community members from exercising their constitutional right to speak out on contentious issues and then not show in court up to face the people he accused

Vote to censure a fellow public servant after that servant legally followed the Freedom of Information Act and released information regarding his buddies' businesses

  Vote yes for town business motions and resolutions that favor a large corporation that the voting council member and his buddies have financial agreements with

Attend private political strategy meetings where methods are developed to prevent a majority of the taxpayers from having a voting voice in the community

Vote yes for an illegal voter resolution and law designed by his business buddies as a method  to eliminate and intimidate legally registered voters who they thought might oppose his oppose his financial conflicts of interest by voting him out of office

Vote no  for the repealing of an illegal voter resolution even after the New York State Attorney General and the Town Lawyer warned that the resolution was illegal and might get your town into serious legal and financial trouble

Use his elected position to enhance his personal financial well being at the expense of other taxpayers

Serve on a private citizen committee endorsing the behavior of town water district members who set up a private businesses that re-sell water to neighboring outside users

Cop out on a legal water service agreement with DANC just so his buddies could get a better deal on water rates that would enhance their private water businesses. A legal deal that he signed

All politics are local and that is where a wise
vote counts the most toward preventing government corruption.

* All of the above questions are based on the reckless past performance of a former town council member who was removed from the board by the voters.