ICYMI: Elections have consequences -- Cape Vincent Edition.

Credit the headline above to the Watertown Daily Times staff writer Brian Amaral who recently wrote, "Today's Story by Jae Lee is a must read for north country politics junkies."

In Brian's short analysis of the Town of Cape Vincent's recent decision to audit all water districts and do a ground survey of the Mason, Aubertine and Bourcy district 2, Brian said:

The Cape Vincent town board believes that something improper might be happening in Water District 2. The people who connect to Water District 2 just happen to be Donny Mason, a former town board member and no friend to the current crop, and former state Sen. (and now Ag commish) Darrel Aubertine.

The town board cites potential health and sanitation issues, while Mr. Mason questions whether he's being targeted by the town board.

After watching Acciona, Voters for Wind, Councilmen Mason, Mason and Orvis pass a resolution a year ago to "impeach" our Town Supervisor (They lost.), I can understand   why Mr. Mason might expect retribution and think he is a target of the Cape Vincent Town Board. And then, after Mr. Mason, along with the help of political leaders Harold Wiley and Gary King targeted the seasonal people who were voting in Cape Vincent by circulating a petition and passing an illegal voter identification law, I can understand why many might think Mr. Mason might have done something bad and deserved to be targeted. Right from the get-go, the new supervisor and new councilmen themselves, became political targets of what one JLL reader constantly reminds us of being "The Oligarchy".

However, the operation of the Cape Vincent water districts is much more than political folly. Serving the town with safe and sanitary water is one of the bigger tasks of our town government. At some time all municipalities must face these issues that require updates and reviews and, with politics aside, this is the time to do it when we have fresh minds and new energy on the present Cape Vincent Town Board.

But, Brian Amaral is right. Elections do have consequences. That is exactly why we have elections.


  1. Anonymous4/13/2012

    The video is up. I saw it. So what is the big deal. The Don, Darrell, Marty, Mickey and the wiley kings were targeting every new member of the board. As a result, they lost. They went after voters to writing letters to assessors trying to get people voting against them in trouble.
    As for operation of the town, Marty and Don are not longer in charge and the water districts are legitimate town business. If the district is screwed up suck it up.
    By the way trailers are different. One owner and operator who is licensed and complies with board of health. Marty was wrong on the video. those trailer people are not out jerry rigging their own water the park owner has to do it under board of health.
    Marty was just saying sour grapes.

  2. Anonymous4/13/2012


    The video showed Mickey at first voted against the survey of 2. Then he changed his mind and recused.

    Another town safety issue he voted against.

    He is the only Dem on the board. He will get kicked off if he is endorsed by Harold and other bosses. He could stay on if the Dems give us back our party and give us a fair primary and open meetings.

  3. Anonymous4/13/2012

    The video also show them defending their actions because of trailer parks. Give it up boys. Not the same. They have to answer of other authorities. They have one meter and their water provision is regulated by board of health to who they provide. They aren't selling water and most likely are claiming their income and business with the IRS.

  4. Anonymous4/13/2012

    The wiley king thugs has managed to convince some assessors to refuse the star exemption. Harold Wiley and Gary King have been been sending letters to assessors of only those people they think will vote against them.

    Those people have a right to star on one residence as much as anybody does.

    wiley king are nothing more than dirty thugs to do this to people.

    They can now get their star in CV. For many it is a better investment.

  5. Anonymous4/13/2012

    Anon 5:59.

    What King and Wiley did by sending letters to assessors was despicable. I know of one older gentleman and spouse who have had a residence here since the 60's. They have never voted in the Cape even though it is their right do so since they spend half of their year here.

    The letter to their assessor was signed by Harold Wiley and Gary King. They became very worried and upset over the situation that King and Wiley caused. They were taking their STAR on a downstate property and became very worried that Harold and Gary would continue to harass them.

    You have a right in New York State to a STAR on one property only.

    However, you can vote at any residence as long as you are there 30 days.

    If Harold and Gary caused the same problem for you, get back to your assessor and tell them that Harold Wiley and Gary King have no official standing in Cape Vincent and their letter is nothing more than illegal voter intimidation and harassment.

    There will be more voter drives in Cape Vincent, and the problem of Gary King and Harold Wiley will be looked into more closely and addressed.

    Wiley and King also lied about the purpose of a petition that led to the illegal voter ID law that Don Mason and Marty Mason never voted to rescind. Also, there was no truth about any voter fraud ever committed in Cape Vincent, NY.

    Register to Vote in Cape Vincent.

  6. Anonymous4/13/2012

    Amaral says Don is no friend to the current crop.
    He was no friend to the voters and he lied about voter fraud. There was none. He lied about the secret meeting too.

  7. Anonymous4/13/2012

    Those bastards also sandbagged our Dem party and conveniently forgot to file for being on the ballot.
    That was no mistake and was a slap in the face of our party. Darrel was in on it.

  8. I want my money! I want my money, dammit!

  9. Anonymous4/13/2012

    Keep saying "we didn't do anything wrong" Janet. Maybe if you say it 5000 times someone will believe you. Or not.

  10. Anonymous4/14/2012

    Darrell got you people into this. Do you think he will show up in public to get you out of it? If so, it will be the first time.

  11. Anonymous4/14/2012

    Darrell got you people into this. Do you think he will show up in public to get you out of it? If so, it will be the first time.

  12. Anonymous4/15/2012

    No he won't show up.He does not have to.Politicians can break the law and get away with it.

  13. Anonymous4/15/2012

    I hope that you search water district two for any wrong doings, but if you don't find any I also hope that you apologize to the effective people in fairness

  14. Anonymous4/16/2012


    Speaking of apologies, when are Donald Mason, Mickey Orvis and Marty Mason going to apologize for the illegal and unconstitutional voter resolution? That resolution was about to put the town in jeopardy from a massive law suit if not for the immediate rescinding. Which by the way was not approved by Marty and Don.
    Which gives us great concerns for Marty's judgement as a village employee.
    Where is the apology from Harold Wiley and Gary King for their lies to people about how they were going to use the petition and their false claims that there was voter fraud in Cape Vincent?
    Where is the apology from Darrell Aubertine for being involved in the "forgetting" to file plot so our Democratic Party could be on the ballot last fall. They did that so their unethical choices could have no competition from others who might step forward at their phony caucus.
    Kick those guys aside and bring us a Democratic Primary and give honest Democrats a chance to serve our local government.