Some things should never be forgotten.

At last Thursday night's  JCC symposium on New York State's Article X, a gentleman (Not from Cape Vincent, NY.) went to the microphone and proudly told New York State Assembly members Addie Russell and Kevin Cahill that his town regained local rule over their industrial wind siting problems by voting out corrupt public officials who held industrial wind leases, were being paid by developers and were making decisions for the entire community based on their personal financial gain.

During one moment in the evening, Kevin Cahill said this:

“What I started to see, particularly when it came to wind, was that promoters of wind development across New York state were town-shopping; they were municipality-shopping. And we saw a number of examples where town governments, in my view, were corrupted by wind developers,” Mr. Cahill said. “And there was no general mechanism to allow a town that was passed over – because maybe they had stricter regulations or a more honest board — to get back and engaged in the process. In my view, this Article X allows those communities to get back into the game to the extent that it continues to affect their communities.”
If you reside in the Golden Crescent and
Thousand Islands 30 days or more per year,
you have a right to register and vote there.

At another moment in the evening, Voter for Wind representative Paul Mason from Cape Vincent, NY stood in front of the microphone and told the two state representatives that local rule was taken away from Cape Vincent when hundreds of absentee voters helped to changed the government. Mason failed to mention that the two town board members that were thrown out had financial agreements with and were being paid by wind developers. 

(1) Last year, The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the codes of ethics written to eliminate conflicts of interests while serving on behalf of the people and in their opinion said that their decision to strike down a Nevada's public servant's conflict of interest was very basic to democracy.

(2) Every citizen of age in the United States is guaranteed the right to vote at the residence of their choice.

These are two very important and basic rules of American Democracy that we all should understand and never forget.


  1. Anonymous3/11/2012

    JLL, Cahill seems to be saying two very different things in the same breath. Town shopping and corrupt municipal officials is a bad thing (in the parlance of Donny Mason). But, at the same time he is saying towns like Skaneateles are now back on the burner for wind project consideration thanks to Article 10. Cahill seems to think state control is a good thing for all communities regardless their interests. I wasn't there to hear him speak, but your quote has two conflicting thoughts (a good ground for a politician).

    Regardless, how about this for a thought. Towns that want wind can have it if "corrupt" politicians step aside and communities vote on the issue with a binding referendum.

  2. Cahill was correct when he suggested that wind developers have gone out looking for towns where they would have a good shot at comprmising local officials who happened to be local large landowners - frequently related to other local large land owners.

    But Cahill was not even fooling himself when he implied that there may be towns where a few NIMBYs sitting on local governemnt bodies stood in the way of the people getting their rightful opportunity to have wind turbines on their property. That is preposterous. It is preposterous if you give any value whatever to the democratic expression of the majority of the people in slecting their local officials.

  3. Anonymous3/11/2012

    There is no clear reason to rejoice yet if you don't want wind. Cahill is not a judge, and a judge will decide when these various wind laws are tested in court. How is the Hammond court session going?

  4. Anonymous3/13/2012

    Wind developers need your neighbor's property to run wires and set up towers. Those who refuse to sign leases are doing you a favor. Maybe you should return the favor and help them protect their own property rights. But since this hasn't been done in the past when you wanted a water main, maybe you simply disregard their rights altogether and waste you time focusing on your own. Protect their rights and you protect your own. So far, I don't see anyone realizing this simple fact, and possible solution. Then again, my own refusal to sign leases has been met with insults from your own hypocrites. Like a septic system that backs up into your kitchen sinks, because you refuse to do what's right in all concerns.