County Legislator defends us against Lake Ontario industrial wind.

During the winter of 2009-2010, the meeting room of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators was humming.

In the dead of winter, in the absence of many Jefferson County and Oswego County seasonal residents, Richard Kessell of the New York State Power authority snuck into Watertown, NY and tried to convince our County Leaders that the eastern end of Lake Ontario should be crapped up with wind turbines as far as the eye could see. 

Weeks before, The Jefferson County Board had already narrowly approved a PILOT for an Upstate Power proposal that would lead to the bulldozing of Galloo Island and the turning of it into, not only a giant industrial wind factory, but a staging area, maintenance headquarters and recreational playground for Richie's offshore turbine dreams. 

Several weeks before, it took the Jefferson County Legislators about three minutes after the end of their meeting to realize that their Galloo Island PILOT approval was a huge mistake.

During Richie's presentation, when he told the County leaders and the public that Lake Ontario Turbines would be a huge tourism draw, the large audience broke out into a chorus of loud "boos". Very un-characteristic of an evening in the distinguished and beautiful old courtroom where our Jefferson County Legislators meet.

Richie and his turbines were denied, he was run out of Jefferson County, then Oswego County, then Wayne county. The rest of the lake view counties threw him out, too.  In brief, Kessell was shuffled off to Buffalo and Orchard Park where he sought refuge under the desks of the IBEW union bosses who wanted to use the crapping up of our Lake as an excuse for part time jobs that come from elsewhere.

Richard Kessell's attempts to screw up Lake Ontario and those living along its shores had failed and he was soon fired by the NYPA board.

But, Governor Cuomo in a joint partnership with President Obama have now struck a deal to once again try to shove the idea of Great Lakes turbines down our pie holes. Our Governor who knows full well that industrial wind tears communities apart and destroys home values of wind turbine neighbors want bragging rights to white towers of testosterone  not to mention the wind industry dollars that he hopes will blow him into the White House.

Jefferson County Legislator
Barry Ormsby
District 9
But locally, as well as across the Lake Shore to the Niagara Frontier, the Cuomo-Obama idea will meet strong resistance.

Immediately after the announcement,  Jefferson County Legislator Barry Ormsby, District 9, started defending Lake Ontario and  its present uniqueness and future potential. And my personal experience has been that he has a lot of support from his fellow members.

Ormsby has told us that the Cuomo-Obama Lake Ontario turbine proposal demonstrates our federal government's insensitivity to our unique area. Barry pulls no punches in saying that the turbines will have effects on property values, the view shed, and the quality of life that generates our tourism dollars. All good reasons to preserve what God has blessed us with.

Thank you Mr. Ormsby and all the other Jefferson County Legislators for defending the Lake Shores of Jefferson and Oswego Counties.


  1. REAliasso4/01/2012

    Thank you Barry

  2. Anonymous4/01/2012

    One of the most important realizations came to the Jefferson County and Oswego County citizens when Mr. Ormsby pointed out that 40% of the assets of Jefferson County are located along the Crescent and the Islands of Ontario and the St. Lawrence.

    We have more to lose with Lake turbines than you can imagine.

    Remember that Congressman Owens is neither aware of this economic fact nor has he done squat to promote and secure the economic future of our unique region.

    The loss of value to lake front and lake view homes would be staggering.

    Don't get fooled by the term "off shore". I can see Wolfe Island turbines from my home near Henderson. 24 miles away. A discouraging nighttime view.

    I am a Dem who supports the Jeff and Oswego Republicans on this issue and will not support any who accept the Obama-Cuomo policy.

    I have to protect the main investments, home and tourism jobs of my family and friends on this one.

  3. Anonymous4/01/2012

    During the secret negotiations by Upstate they snuck into Sackets and made all kinds of promises of rewards as a result of the Galloo PILOT.
    we can't even see Galloo from here. But many of us who love the water knew what it was going to do to our neighbors along the G. Crescent. The heavily inhabited shores of Pt. Peninsula are only 6 miles away.
    Sackets did wrong to all of the others with their support of the Galloo PILOT.

  4. Anonymous4/01/2012

    You guys waste your morning on this. I am going fishing. Opening day!

  5. REAliasso4/01/2012

    To 753 -- The scam artists (aka Upstate NY Power) can't even build their project after all was handed to them on a gold-plated silver platter. They have PILOT, extended for absolutely no reason by Don Alexander and Jim Heary, they have a building permit privided by the Town of Hounsfield and they have all te land required for the project. What they don't have are the balls to enter the private world, exclusive of subsidies and acvtually make a project work. No one will buy their power, the have no 1603 cash grant and the PTC will die. lets see how Counsel Burgdorf spins this one for the AWEA.

  6. Anonymous4/03/2012

    Thank you to men like Mr. Ormsby and Mr. Alliasso for leading the charge on defense against these no win Lake Projects.
    As a former council member from a town away from the water, even I understand the incredible impact the valuable Lake and River assets have on all the counties who touch them. Any public servant thinking otherwise is either insane and being well rewarded by the unscrupulous industrial wind developers who woo the JCIDA.

  7. Anonymous4/05/2012

    Aren't those Wolfe Island turbines beautiful. They would look great in the Great Lakes.