Voter for Wind tells the PSC, "Cape Vincent has several seasonal residents that are here for a short time each year during the summer".

The following letters were submitted to the New York State PSC as comments in the matter of rules and regulations of the Board on Electric Generation and Environment:

Comment from Beverly Grant

As a 63 year resident of Cape Vincent, my comments are to express my concerns for the people of Cape Vincent ¿ the year round residents/landowners and the economy of our small town.   Cape Vincent has several seasonal residents who are here for a short time each year during the warmer season.  During the winter months you find it hard to find a business open in Cape Vincent to serve the year round residents.  If there is a business open, it is only open a few days per week, most likely over the weekend.  

Cape Vincent is located on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  The community has long been promoted as a tourist area but in recent years we have seen declines in tourism because of the sluggish economy and most recently high gasoline prices.  All of the residents of Cape Vincent deserve to be able to have a comfortable life style and be able to support their families and meet their financial obligations.    

The economy of Cape Vincent needs this wind turbine project to provide employment and establish new businesses and maintain the businesses that we do have on a year round basis.     We need new families to move to Cape Vincent that have children that will maintain and support our school district.  

The year round residents and landowners deserve to have a thriving community ¿ to bring in new businesses, support our churches, schools, library and fire department.  We need new families to move to this area to support those establishments and volunteer in our fire department and ambulance squad.  Those two entities demand year round involvement and require several hours/days of training and dedication to the people of Cape Vincent.  

Cape Vincent needs this wind turbine project to provide funding to the landowners/contract holders and they in turn will spend that money in the community of Cape Vincent to pay their property taxes, school taxes, their utility, fuel, veterinary and other miscellaneous bills and support businesses, the fire department, school, churches, public library, etc.    Money from the wind company will also be provided to support these groups and other community projects and property taxes for all taxpayers will decrease.

The wind turbine project would utilize a free natural resource of this area and it is clean energy.  I believe we should use this resource for the benefit of all in the community. 

Thank you for this opportunity to comment.

Beverly Grant

Comment from Harvey White

Green Shirt wind leaseholder  Harvey White
assists Bp wind leaseholder and former planning
board chair, Richard Edsall as he brings in the
troopers to clear a
public meeting of "obnoxious" NIMBYs

In the matter of the rules & regulations of the board on electric generation siting and the environment, contained in 16NYCRR, chapter X certification of major electric facilities: I think it is about time for the state to take over the siting of wind projects in the present and near future because it has become such a controversial issue. Especially in the town of Cape Vincent and most of the North Country. People are not using common sense anymore. They feel"It's okay if you have windpower or atomic energy as long as it's not in my backyard." That is the NIMBY's battle cry. They are absolutely rude and obnoxious about it. They don't care what they say or do, as long as they get their way. They site unproven facts and any kind of dribble they can find on the internet to make windpower look bad. But anybody with any common sense knows we have to do something and do it now, not 10 years from now.

Thank you, Harvey White


  1. Wow. Shameless. Completely shameless.

  2. Anonymous5/08/2012

    LOSERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous5/08/2012

    Calling a state trooper a loser, a year round resident of the Cape, now that's shameless.

  4. Anonymous5/08/2012

    it was meant about the comments .the last thing i would do is call the trooper a loser he is a friend of mine.

  5. Anonymous5/08/2012

    I thank Bev Grant for a letter that does not include personal attacks, she stuck to issues. However, of all the good things she suggests will come with 150 turbines will be the payments to lease holders. Everything else she quotes is wishful thinking.

  6. Anonymous5/08/2012


    He got two out of three right.

  7. Anonymous5/08/2012

    Right the trooper is your friend, right and I know some swamp land cheap.

  8. Anonymous5/08/2012

    Bev, what about you and your family's employment history here in the Cape. Your husband worked for the bank, year round. You worked at the state fishery, year round. Your son now works at the fishery, year round.

    Sounds like you should be counting your blessings instead of bitching about the loss of wind.

  9. Anonymous5/08/2012


  10. Anonymous5/08/2012

    "anybody with any common sense knows we have to do something and do it now" Translation: I'm not getting any younger and would appreciate my wind money while I'm still young enough to spend it.

  11. Anonymous5/08/2012

    Where does it promise that property taxes will be lowered?

  12. Anonymous5/08/2012

    Harvey,according to the American collegiate Dictionary, common sense is defined as - "sound, practical sense, normal intelligence"

    You claim common sense would dictate that we embrace industrial wind energy in Cape Vincent,even though some rudimentary research indicates that it is neither economically feasible, nor effective as a reliable energy source that will even remotely affect global warming.It also comes with a host of negative impacts that can hardly be dismissed as "nimbyism"

    You may not care about the resulting damage to the environment, and associated degradation of the quality of life in our community, or the tremendous waste of taxpayers resources, but believe it, many of us do.

    It appears the only practical benefit from industrial wind power is the profit to be made by corporate developers,and their promoters,such as you.

    This is hardly "commom sense" rather a clear case of NONSENSE !!

  13. Anonymous5/08/2012

    It doesn't anon above. And even Don Mason during one of his town board wind promotion speeches said that the money to the town from wind would not lower taxes.

  14. Jefferson's Ghost5/08/2012

    A former republican by the name of Jean
    now prefers that she never be seen
    after she signed a wind deal
    with fuax green energy appeal
    she was turned into a welfare queen

  15. Anonymous5/10/2012

    Good Lord Harvey, don't you know when to quit?
    We had to listen to this bullshit for years while you lobbied for wind, all the while with wind money in your pocket.
    Your phony run for supervisor was the last straw. You never had any credibility from the start.