Monday, September 19, 2011

Cape Vincent's Network of Deception

Years ago, when the wind debacle began to emerge. Many people commented to me that they did not care or that they did not have an opinion because after all wind development did not affect them because they did not live in Cape Vincent. However, this attitude is representative of a very naive way of thinking. Because in reality this is not a wind issue at all this is an issue of human rights and freedom. freedoms that are protected by the constitution of the United states of America. freedoms that were earned through the lifeblood of the patriots that fought to establish this great nation.
In order to understand the depth of what is happening in Cape Vincent it is necessary to examine past events that may have been instrumental in shaping our future.

Cape Vincent has a history that is not widely understood this is a history that is supported by the archives of the Watertown Times and the minutes of Cape Vincent’s board meetings

A recent example of this history was the petition that was circulated in order to prevent a certain element of the community from voting.   This petition was the basis for a resolution passed by Marty Mason, Donny Mason and Mickey Orvis . This resolution was an attempt to disenfranchise a segment of Cape Vincent's population by restricting voting

Not only did the Masons pass this illegal law but they refused to rescind this resolution as well.

Most recently there was the Democratic Caucus Circus or the non Caucus ,Caucus .

Apparently the proper paper work for the Caucus was not submitted in a timely fashion . However the political machine in Cape Vincent is experienced in such matters and it is highly unlikely that they actually forgot. This may have been a manipulative ploy to disenfranchise another segment of Cape Vincent’s voting population.
The problems in Cape Vincent began many years ago the with the growing animosity for the interfering “outsiders”. This animosity has driven the Good Ol' boys network to extreme lengths to achieve their goals.

Early lessons learned

The building of the prison in Cape Vincent.

The following about the prison has been excerpted from a letter written to the Watertown Times by Harold Wiley.
The next huge issue to come before the residents of Cape Vincent was the building of a prison in our town. This really aroused people the point of turning friends and neighbors against each other again. When it was first mentioned at a town board meeting the comment was “Do you want Cape Vincent Known as a prison town?”
Times passed and many public meetings overflowing with hands for and against. Finally, with a strong town board, a decision was reached. Property was purchased and the prison was built. It has provided many jobs for local men and women (good paying jobs). It has also brought other people to move here, rent homes, built homes and helped boost our economy. What other business was about to come to Cape Vincent with a 12 to 13 million dollar pay roll. It has helped keep Cape Vincent alive and well and provided many jobs.

Enter Richard Edsall.
Around the time the first prison was developed, a Community advisory Board or (C.A.B.) was established as a liaison between the prison and the community. In the beginning, Richard Edsall was the vice chair.
Nov 30, 1989 the C.A.B. unanimously passed a resolution that Cape Vincent be placed on a list of communities to be considered for a second correctional facility. Cape Vincent town and Village Boards follow suit and both passing resolutions in support of this request. A letter was then sent by the C.A.B. to the department of corrections requesting consideration for a second correctional facility. The commissioner of corrections Thomas A. Coughlin wrote back explaining that in order to be considered that they must have approved sites. Property owners must be willing to sell their land to the state. This is not an unattractive proposition considering that the 127.00 acres that the prison now stands on cost the State a hefty 300,000. The advisory board was asking landowners to show their support by offering property.
Reportedly ~ Richard J. Edsall said that “The coffee shop consensus from people is yes go for it,”
And Edsall did in a big way by offering land he had purchased on Stony Point Road in September of 1987, as well as other property he owns on Swamp Road, as did Edsalls in Laws who owned property on Burnt Rock road. Would that be a conflict?
When the community at large became aware of the plan for this second prison, they galvanized and fought the Community Advisory Board’s plan and they fought hard.
The Community of Cape Vincent did not want a second prison and a citizens group was formed between summer residents and year round residents.

A letter and survey were sent out to the community addressing three concerns.

1.) Quality of life – The construction of an enlarged or additional facility may forever change the town’s character from that of a resort to one of “Potentially reduced revenue and increased pollution,”
2.) Property Value- current and future homes may experience “reduced value and/ or liquidity because of an eroded tourist image and an increased level of resident anxiety.”
3.) The Unknown- There has been a local “ground swell of uncertainty” within the past few months.
The letter also notes the lack of an environmental impact study and the Chamber of Commerce’s refusal to endorse the proposal as two important issues concerning the proposed prison development.

April 7th 1990 as a result of the opposition to a second prison a lengthy public meeting ensued, most of the 400 resident’s attending spent four hours expressing their opposition to the plan to build a new prison and offering suggestions that would boost Cape Vincent’s economy ,they offered their time, talent and even financial support to spur economic growth.
Consequently, the village of Cape Vincent rescinded the resolution it passed in support of a second prison. The newly formed Cape Citizens Association asked that the Town Board rescind its resolution the Town Board did not rescind its resolution supporting a second state prison . Instead, it promised no further action on the proposal until the new citizens' group could provide alternative ways to promote economic growth.
Additionally, the board passed a resolution promising that "no further action or correspondence" will take place with the state Department of Correctional Services without notifying the taxpayers of the town in ample time for any input they may have.
Almost a year had passed and the idea of a second prison in Cape Vincent was just a memory until February of 1991 when Richard J. Edsall now Chairman of the Cape Advisory Board decided to resurrect the idea once again.
Richard J. Edsall, board chair, said nothing has been finalized and at this point, it is only under consideration.
"Right now we are just discussing the possibility of recruiting a second prison," he said. "At the present time, we are just discussing it among ourselves."
  The state did not peruse the project.

Moving along to 1996 ~ Enter Darrel Aubertine.

Jefferson County Legislator Darrel J. Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent, said in a Watertown Times article that he had the support of the Clayton and Cape Vincent Chambers of commerce to lobby the state officials for a prison . This was a crucial endorsement because previously the lack of the chambers support had been primary in killing the efforts to build a second prison in Cape Vincent.
Aubertine and the Legislature's Finance and Rules Committee even passed a resolution "supporting the efforts of interested towns" Aubertine said that people in District 1 have been gathering support for the last six weeks but did not go public . Additionally, Aubertine stated that unnamed officials that were experienced in the siting process already had three or four sites in mind
apparently this pursuit for a second prison was built on one of Darrel Aubertine’s "misunderstandings", as it was revealed that he did not have any endorsement for the prison from the Cape Vincent or Clayton chamber of commerce.
The opposition to a second prison in Cape Vincent set the stage for the Wind development deception. The power base in Cape Vincent decided that in order to make their dreams of becoming wealthy at the expense of our community would only become a reality if it were behind the scenes.

And so it began …

Link here to read the history of Wind in Cape Vincent -- where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River meet Wind Corruption and Greed


Anonymous said...

So, wind power is funding the cabal. They postpone talks on prison construction until they can buy up the land and make a profit on that. drive down land and real estate values with wind turbines. Drive people out and lower the tax base then claim the need for a "pilot" program" to keep the schools open, in turn making "certain" that the wind power companies will have a permanent home in Cape Vincent's political system. There will be even fewer full time residents to attend town meetings and fewer challenges to their power. No wonder they fear "outsiders and seasonal residents" They're trying to drive everyone out to create an empire. It's time for people to put an end to it in November. They have already shown their loyalty to those who they tricked into signing that petition, I just hope those still dreaming it's all about them and their leases is all that matters. People took credit as a form of wealth during the first decade of this millennium and it is for that very reason the economy is the way it is. Now, the same people who stole that money are investing even more borrowed money into these new scams. Corruption costs money. They get that money at both ends. The first rule in corruption, never use your own money, and it's not even theirs in the first place. They are just plain thieves and scumbags. While you work hard to get ahead, they work hard to steal even more.

Anonymous said...

Regarding our prison, this too shows the ruling oligarchy has not an ounce of aesthetic sense. You have a community with a tourism-based economy and its leaders put a prison within spitting distance of a state park and within sight of our high school. You can understand why they had no problem at all cramming a wind project down the throats of hundreds of landowners along the river. It's about time these locals with their local mindset are sent to the back of the room and its time to allow new leadership to guide the Cape. My other hope is that the new leadership starts thinking about a plan to maintain control for at least a decade.

Stay Focused said...

You are correct 5:37,

The corrupt oligarchy needs to be denied power for at least a generation, in order to kill it off.

That will require citizens to act like citizens and pay attention!

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Dem caucus was another one of Darrel's "misunderstandings"

Anonymous said...

This is one of those times I wonder if term limits would help even in town and/or county governments. Limits could be good in the sense it could eliminate the less desirable characters, yet if someone has proven their character, wisdom and ability to work for the good of all it would seem a shame to lose effective leadership. I have to agree with "Stay Focused @ 7:25 AM" that each of us really must monitor our representatives in all levels of government.

Anonymous said...

Harold Wiley said,
I remember five thriving hotels, four successful grocery stores, one dry goods and clothing store, one movie theater, two hardware stores, one lumberyard, two gristmills and feed stores, one pharmacy and drug store, two resident dentists, one family doctor and one resident undertaker who also served as ambulance service for the town. We also had four gas stations and garages and one new car dealership. Where have they all gone and why?

Take some responsibility Harold. Business needs to be supported to thrive.

Anonymous said...

How can things be this bad?
Your town is like the wild west , or some kinda Mafia controlled town.Do these dumb asses make people buy "insurance protection"?

Anonymous said...

What really needs to be done isn't being done. Simply to mobilize people for a primary vote isn't enough. A massive showing of discontent and opposition to illegal conflicts and ethics violations must be held at the very next town hall meeting and all those in violation of ethics laws should be simply shouted down. let them call police, hopefully State Police, and have them charged with the misdemeanors they are guilty of. Town lawyers are not representing the town as they are supposed to and should be fired. They like petitions so much, give them one. Since there is no order, they can't very well call for one. Yeah, it's "Mob" rule at town hall, but it's those sitting in illegitimate power.

Anonymous said...

In a credit driven economy, the creditors sucked the life out of the economy. Politicians, corporations, and banks were able to write off debt and at the same time prevented the general population from being able to do the same thing. Then, they foreclose on everyone and buy everything up with the money they stole. That's the new economy. I watched people for almost twenty years live on credit/equity. The Ponzi schemes are alive and well. Social Security was the biggest Ponzi scheme ever conceived and the "boomer" generation generated the very wealth that was stolen from them. Retirement became a thing of the past. Corporate Executives walked away with retirement funds every time there was a hostile take over. People were warned of the "money changers", but they drove their gas guzzling heavily financed SUVs to church anyway. just to learn how to pass judgment on those living withing their means. Cigarettes at $7 to $10 a pack to pay for billions in settlements over lung cancer. ZERO corporate accountability got the country where it is. Deregulation. That was the battle cry from Reagan, two Bushes, Clinton, Carter, and now Obama. No one cared when it was happening except the same fringe element making comments in obscure independent news sources such as this. I've been listening to FREE SPEECH TV for about 20 years. The funny thing is? How did we get to a point where we even have to have a news source that calls itself FREE SPEECH in this supposed free society? Mainstream media has dummed the country down so much it's no wonder how assholes like those running Cape Vincent got where they are. Yeah,,, ASSHOLES. Lowlife scumbags who need to out in their place. A shit hole. Dig one for them and throw them in it.

Anonymous said...

The new leadership has to take control in November, making the scumbags lame ducks. The minute they take office, fire the existing town attorney and hire one from another area of the country. Try a Native American for a change. They make excellent civil advocates. Then , charge the out going regime with the misdemeanors they committed. Nullify all conflicted laws they passed, and pass a resolution that bars them from running for office in Cape Vincent for the longest period possible. Do a full audit to expose any other crimes they committed as well. If Obama had done his job right, the country wouldn't have been ripped off by the previous administration's criminal activities. Goldman/sachs and the Federal Reserve are the same people. Why is it that Goldman/Sachs and the Federal Reserve hold over $4.9 TRILLION in American debt while at the same time the American Taxpayer bailed them out? That's your Federal Government. You can't depend on them for anything.

Anonymous said...

One very important fact always seems to be missing from the history of the Cape Vincent prison location. We keep asking why, tell us why, that site was selected over several others that would have been away from homes and scenic route 12E and would have been much lower cost. The answer lies in, who owned that land and it's connection to a certain NYS politician who had a financial interest in that land being selected.