The Town Crier

Sunday, March 11, 2012

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.

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