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Posted 22 November 2017 at 7:45 am

We appreciate input from our readers, and we publish letters to the editor without charge. While open speech and responsibility are encouraged, comments may be rejected if they are purely a personal attack, offensive or repetitive. Comments are the opinions of the authors and not necessarily reflect the opinions of Orleans Hub. Although care is taken to moderate comments, we have no control over how they are interpreted and we are unable to guarantee the accuracy of comments and the rationality of the opinions expressed. We reserve the right to edit letters for content and brevity. Please limit letters to no more than 500 words and provide your name, telephone number, mailing address and a verifiable email address for verification purposes. Letters should be emailed to info@orleanshub.com.

Many obstacles for Apex, large-scale renewable energy projects in NY

Posted 21 November 2017 at 7:36 pm

Editor:

It is impossible to conceive of the necessity for the Apex Lighthouse Wind Project. WNY is blessed with the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant at 2704 MW and the Somerset Power Plant at 675 MW. Together they total 3,379 MW.

APEX nameplate of 201 MW is incorrect. With NYS wind capacity factors of 26%, APEX is only 52 MW. Adding 52 MW to an existing 3,379 MW is meaningless.

Drawbacks to wind begin with transmission bottlenecks, the transmission interconnection process and inadequate transmission capacity. Without storage – use it or lose it – to connect towers, many miles of underground cable must be buried crossing streams, roads and farms, threat to bird wildlife, rotor blade frequency vibration noise, negative visual impact, Section 487 Real Property Tax Law, and, finally, wind plantations cannot be located near population centers where the power is consumed.

The Nature Conservancy and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York provided a chart which details subsidies ($ tax $ dollars) to 11 corporations.

Chart titled: “Subsidies and Loan Guarantees Received by Members of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York”

Federal Subsidies Received (Grants & Tax Credits)           $8,400,585,616

Federal Loans or Loan Guarantees                                     $6,528,257,588

State Subsidies Received                                                     $3,806,915,019  Billions

Grand Total                                                                        $18,735,758,223  Billions not Millions

Of the $18.735 Billion $5.509 Billion went to foreign corporations. None to Somerset and Yates.

Governor Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard of 50% Renewable Sources by 2030 is beginning to unravel due to the number of large-scale renewable projects required to meet the goal 12 years hence and required new and upgraded transmission lines needed to transport the power hundreds of miles to high consumption regions of southeastern New York.

Search “ACENY_Member_Subsidy_Totals”   for Chart

Gregory G. Woodrich

Williamsville

High-speed chase wasn’t worth the risk after merchandise taken from clothing store

Posted 21 November 2017 at 7:23 pm

Editor:

Why would law enforcement do a high-speed chase from Batavia thru Elba and Barre for a robbery of some clothing from Kohl’s?

Surely they could of gotten enough info from the car and then backed off instead of chasing it through all of these towns and risking hurting someone. I had a sheriff’s deputy run a stop sign and pull out in front of me and this is not the first time this has happened.

Loria Nottingham

Albion

Villages should consolidate services with towns, county to bring down high village tax rates

Posted 21 November 2017 at 11:19 am

Editor:

For too long the villages of Orleans County have ignored the need to reinvent themselves. The fact that some villages need $18/$1000 tax rates to balance the books is an indicator that the current boundaries that we use to provide services no longer match up well to the tax base. The high village tax rates have severely depressed property values. It no longer makes economic sense to either build a new home or significantly renovate an existing home inside a village. The cost to do so would exceed what you would recoup when the property is sold.

Homes in the villages have been torn down without being replaced. New construction in the villages is mostly limited to: tax exempt organizations, businesses where a central location is important, and government subsidized projects. Homes are being rented out until falling into disrepair and then abandoned. Villages have no future if this continues.

There is one realistic path forward that leads to thriving villages: consolidation of basic services with that of the towns and county. The villages need to get out of policing, fire protection, water and highway services. These days nearly all of those services are common throughout the county and can be provided more efficiently and fairly through a smaller number of consolidated departments that everyone pays the same tax rate for.

Villages could instead focus on those services that are unique to villages: street lighting, neighborhood parks, brush pickup, sidewalk plowing, and the like. Village tax rates could be more in the neighborhood of $4 per thousand instead of $18 per thousand. Property values would increase inside the villages as more people are willing to move in.

Orleans County is in the same boat as most other rural counties – population is decreasing. We can no longer afford duplication and waste. By making our local governments as efficient as possible we will best position ourselves for whatever the future holds.

Jason Dragon

Village of Albion

Praise for Holley officials for efforts to rehab old high school building

Posted 20 November 2017 at 4:10 pm

Editor:

I was happy to see your November 15th article about the Village of Holley seeking grant funding to assist in the rehabilitation of the old Holley High School.

I have long hoped that this building would be transformed into something that would be an asset to Holley. The plans for Holley Gardens apartments and new Village offices are a great solution to what is currently a detriment to the Village.

I have toured another previously dilapidated building, the old Eastman Dental Dispensary, which was transformed by the same developer into a beautiful apartment building. I hope to see another such transformation take place in Holley.

Perhaps readers didn’t take note of the request for letters of support for RESTORE NY funding. When seeking grant funding, showing local support is vital and the way to do this is by including many letters of support with the grant application. I urge everyone to write to Mayor Brian Sorochty and express support for this funding. It is helpful if you include why the building is important to you and your hopes for its future.

I applaud the Village for pursuing a solution to the old Holley High School and urge local residents to add their voice by sending letters to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erin Anheier

Clarendon

Yates town supervisor doesn’t reject renewable energy, but wants local communities to decide fate

Posted 18 November 2017 at 4:43 pm

Editor:

In the letter from Yates Town Supervisor Jim Simon regarding the Renewables Roundtable, he objected to his input and the perspective of rural upstate residents being disregarded in a released publication.

A careful reader also sees that Mr. Simon did not reject renewable energy; what he actually wrote was “Finally, who should decide how each New York town will contribute to a more sustainable future? If your answer is the wind turbine companies and the leaseholders, then you invite division, acrimony and toxicity, and you underestimate the power of subsidiarity, home rule and — most importantly — the people.”

In other words, all upstate rural residents deserve to decide through Home Rule. We are all for renewable energy. Lighthouse Wind is the wrong project for our two communities.

Christine Bronson

Councilwoman

Town of Somerset

Trump tax plan would make rich more wealthy, while driving up national debt

Posted 16 November 2017 at 9:22 am

Editor:

The Trump tax plan is the biggest fleece job in history. The CBO says it will  increase the deficits about $1.5 trillion. But it’s without any offsetting benefits for you or me!  Let me explain.

When I was a young man the Republican Party focused on cost, good management, and damage to the deficit. But back then there was also a far right extremist group funded by the Koch family called the “John Birch Society.” Taxes, government, one world government (whatever that is) and fluoride for starters were all communist plots. It even pushed the notion that President Eisenhower was a “traitor” and that both his Presidency and, later, the Vietnam War were part of a “communist conspiracy to undermine the United States”.

Over the years the Koch family money among others swung away from the Birchers and into Republican coffers. Blind adherence to some of the Bircher’s tenants followed the money.  The test regarding taxes came when President Reagan cut taxes.

The US floated extra debt due to the cuts but investment boot-strapped the US (and the World) out of the then economic doldrums we had settled into after Vietnam. Those tax cuts went into investment and not people’s pockets!

But unfortunately people have forgotten that at that time our tax code made it profitable to invest the tax savings into capital investment – into jobs and industries which Congress believed would either promote jobs or promote the long-term national interest. In fact, those tax cuts went into investment and not people’s pockets! It’s an important lesson.

Things are different now. Money from tax cuts has not been directed into investment since Reagan and not one tax cut has worked since then. Some economists think that the Reagan cuts were a one off in that the stimulus outweighed the harm to the deficit. What we know it that investment is what fuels job growth and wages.

Tax cuts at the national level without changes in program management only ends up pushing costs onto municipalities which in turn have to raise property taxes to cover the shortfall.  Tax cuts by themselves do not make government more efficient.  But tax cuts make those who invest in financial instruments richer.

Currently corporate American admits that these tax cuts will not result in greater investment. Why should they when the money they do not put into investments will increase their stocks trading price and go into their personal investment portfolios and stock incentive programs.

This proposed tax cut comes at a time when our nation’s deficit is currently projected to hit 100% of the entire country’s annual income in just a few years. That is where faltering Italy is now and not far behind bankrupt Greece.

When elected officials, including our own Representative Collins, say they “all” will be “out” if the cut does not go through, the response should be “That is price you pay for putting big business and big donors interest over those who you represent.”  This swindle is simply “A Bridge Too Far.”

Conrad F. Cropsey

Albion

Yates town supervisor should have stayed on Roundtable for renewable energy

Posted 16 November 2017 at 9:14 am

Editor:

The conspiracy theories continue to escalate in Jim Simon’s recent letter to the editor. Now, it’s not just Lighthouse Wind but all the Renewables on the Ground participants that “invite division, acrimony and toxicity.”

From what I have read, the Roundtable involved a diverse group of stakeholders including NY towns, environmental groups, state agencies, and energy developers. They worked together for close to a year ensuring all opinions were considered as they discussed how to responsibly achieve New York’s exciting renewable energy goals.

The final report is online and I encourage folks to check it out if they are interested. There was a huge focus on consensus building, including the hiring of staff from the Consensus Building Institute.

There is no consensus building with Jim Simon, John Riggi and SOS. They want their way, and if they cannot get it, they create the illusion of conspiracy or wrongdoing. Mr. Simon refusing to participate in a responsible manner reflects very poorly on the town of Yates. Perhaps he and others should make more efforts toward consensus building rather than hurling insults?

Harvey Campbell

Lyndonville

Shelby write-in candidates thank voters, wish victors good luck in office

Posted 16 November 2017 at 9:08 am

Editor:

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the people who supported us in our write-in campaign during the November election.

Thank you for greeting us at your doors and talking with us.  Thank you for letting us know how you feel. Most of all, thank you for taking the time to go out and vote.

We know write-in voting can be confusing and we thank you for persevering and coming out to support us. We wanted to make a difference for you and we hope we still can in some small way.

Congratulations to our opponents, whom we feel will do their best to serve the needs of all Town residents.

Again, thank you,

Wendi Pencille and Gerry Zinkievich

Shelby

Kendall town clerk thanks supporters

Posted 15 November 2017 at 8:37 pm

Editor:

Thank you more than I can say to all those who showed me such support during my long campaign season.

Thank you to the Orleans County Conservative Party for your endorsement, to each of you who signed petitions, allowed me to use your lawns for signs, those who made donations, shared Facebook messages, placed door hangers, addressed mailers, and the many who have taken the time to encourage and pray for me, and of course for your votes!

Your support and care have overwhelmed and delighted me and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my service.

Warmest Regards,

Amy Richardson

Kendall Town Clerk

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