Sunday, May 6, 2012

Be Careful What You Ask For

March 8, 2012 there was an Article 10 forum held at Jefferson Community College,
Paul Mason addressed the panel with a question about the future of wind development in Cape Vincent.
Assembly person Addie J. Russell responded.
Below is a transcript and a video of their exchange.
Paul Mason: Okay, I think you just hit on what I'm gonna want to talk about.
Being from Cape Vincent, you're talking about elected officials, we’ve lost all of our local elected officials to outsiders.

Because of home rule, we have lost home rule.
In the town of Cape Vincent, we had over 500 absentee ballots last year and the majority of em are only part-time residents.

They are only there 30+ days total...
(mumbling from the audience) can I have respect?
I did not disturb anybody up there when you were talking.

So, anyways for the last three elections, local elections, we've lost all of our local people and they were voted out because of these seasonal residents. So you when you’s talked about having control in the election, we don't have that no more.
We've lost home rule in the town of Cape Vincent. Now my question is; the wind blows in the eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence Valley, is that gonna have any influence on a project proposed in these areas?

Assemblywoman,Russell: Well, I don’t think they will suggest in shutting down that.
We’ve taken it out of the hands of ... the few wealthy folks that have been able, that, that, have voted, started voting locally and what we now have is a heck of allot more???
Who now have the right to vote on this issue so to speak and so um, I think that had uh had article 10 not happened, I still think you would of been able to have much more to say and would have been able to debate it to an extent where you may have been able to continue to have a wind development.
Maybe not on your land but maybe in the region but now you’re debating against the metropolitan areas of this state, so I,I said all through this talk about article 10, should the State come in and save us from turmoil in our communities, is be careful what you wish for and that’s unfortunately where we’re at.
If we kept it local um you might of had an opportunity, but like I said before, I think there’s still an opportunity to talk about wind and how our struggling farmers, you and I have had this ... we shared a couple of meals just recently and I do believe that our community is not anti-wind to the point where we cannot continue to have this discussion about how wind can be used to benefit our communities and our rural residents.

1 comment:

Huh? said...

Paul Mason has no idea about how democracy works.

If that is what he learned after 12 years in the Cape School building, my advice would be to close it and send the kids to Clayton.

Better yet, do what the Mayor of Cape Vincent did and move to Watertown so his kids could go to school there.

And, of course, being Cape Vincent, he can live in Watertown and still be Cape mayor.

What a screwed up place.