Find us on Facebook
Local Sports

3280 United Structural
3270 Albion Little League
3321 Cobblestone Society
3227 Lyndonville Lions
3255 Medina LOYAL
3295 Mustang Band
3314 GCC
3319 Albion Merchants Association
0231 LCP Fishing Hotline
2192 LCP Printing Copying Services
2308 I Saw It On The Hub
2374 Link to LCP

letters to the editor

Ortt should buck governor and oppose budget if there isn’t mandate relief for municipalities

Posted 28 January 2017 at 9:45 pm


The State budget is coming. Senator Ortt you have gotten away with voting for this governor’s horrendous budgets loaded with pork, insane green schemes  and destructive progressive policies now for two years.

Maybe it’s because you enjoy seeing your picture in the paper giving away tax payer money like Santa Claus at every turn. Your excuse has been “there are too many good things in this budget not to pass it.” Really?

Giving in to this progressive governor at every turn seems to be the norm for you. I am ashamed at the Republican and Conservative parties for endorsing you.

Republican committees need to stop endorsing these puppets that hurt the constituency. I am also sick of the high taxes that burden the county taxpayers all over this state. Sir, don’t you dare vote for the budget this year unless there is meaningful mandate relief with teeth for the counties and municipalities.

You hold that budget up until next April if the 3 crooks in a room – Cuomo, Heastie and Flanagan – try to twist arms without mandate relief. MANDATE RELIEF or no budget pass. If not, then you vote NO. Nothing else matters. NOTHING. This goes for all of you.

All the feel good laws that you pass and freebies that are given away ensure one thing. That NY State will always be the nanny welfare state. A place to run from.

Paul Lauricella Jr.


GLOW Progressives will resist Trump

Posted 27 January 2017 at 9:51 am

Photo courtesy of Amber Hainey: About 500,000 people attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, 2017.


“Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.” Those words spoken by Susan B. Anthony were what resonated with me during the march in DC on Saturday.

The day before, I watched the inauguration and felt like I was attending a funeral for my country.  Maybe I’m being dramatic, but that is genuinely how I felt. It just didn’t seem right that this man would be leading our nation. A man who has said such horrific things about women. President Trump’s most consistent position, is how horribly he treats women.

The following day, I got ready to attend the march and was filled with a sense of purpose and power.  When I arrived, this feeling continued and dread I felt the previous day had dissipated.

My aunt and I were able to get really close to the stage for the rally while people poured in behind us.  We stood for hours watching celebrities, politicians and activists take the stage from all walks of life. I had never been to anything quite like it.

It was raw and emotional. Susan B. Anthony’s words stayed with me through the day, “organize, agitate, educate.”  While the rally went on, it became more clear to me as to why we were doing this, the most important part of that mantra, “agitate.” You must agitate to get attention of people, so that you may have an opportunity to educate.

What I found most helpful about the rally and march was that for the first time, I was exposed to other groups that I did not feel I had commonality with.

The march helped me to see that we all have a common goal and platform.  It was an opportunity for all of us to come together and commit to helping others.

The big question now is what are we supposed to do? The most consistent advice I have received is to join up, make connections and get involved.

I recently joined a motivated group called GLOW Progressives who are looking to activate and motivate progressive minded people in the GLOW region. Our goals are to resist President Trump and his policies.  We also want to identify potential candidates who will represent our positions and also support those who are of progressive thought.

Thank you.

Amber Hainey

GLOW Progressives

Auxiliary Police member disappointed to see organization disbanded

Posted 26 January 2017 at 3:19 pm


January 1st marks the start of a new year but in 2017 it brings to end and organization that has provided more than 50 years of dedicated “volunteer” services to non-profit organizations and police departments in and around Orleans County.

The County Legislature has made the decision to disband the Orleans County Auxiliary Police, siting a potential for liability and a lack of training, even though there has never been an incident involving the organization and they long in over 1,000 hours of service a year.

Unfortunately, we are in an era that any kind of police work is becoming more dangerous and liability is on the increase. Rather than assisting the Auxiliary Police to help reduce the potential for liability, they elected to disband this all-volunteer organization that assisted with public functions such as the Strawberry Festival, the 4-H Fair, the Parade of Lights, the Fourth of July and the Squirrel Hunt, just to name a few.

Craig Wilston


(Mr. Wilston was a member of the Auxiliary Police.)

Long-time Republican leaves GOP, with Trump and Collins the clinching factors

Posted 25 January 2017 at 2:53 pm


My Declaration of Party Independence: after almost 50 years as a Republican, I invoke Will Rogers saying that I don’t belong to an organized political party, I’m a Democrat.

I had joined a wide-spectrum party with room for Conable, Keating, Javits, Goodell and Nixon.  GOP politics has shifted far right and abandoned those closer to the center.

The last insult was Congressman Collins and Orleans Chairman Morgan endorsing Trump.  President Trump says he has the highest confidence in his own ability.

I would have hoped that any President would have higher allegiance to the Constitution, American political institutions, democracy or even the Lord Almighty. “In Trump we trust” is not an acceptable motto.

Rep. Collins has led a “Millionaires Club” with hot stock tips for investing overseas (“Australia First”?). I sincerely hope that our local Republican officials were included in these hot tips and will spend their riches locally.

If they were NOT on the insiders list, why not?  I am sure that under Trump era rules, Collins is considered ethical but his overseas stock schemes stink.  Even “alternate facts” do not excuse him.

I have no illusions that my new party is somehow superior or more ethical but at least they oppose Trump.  Perhaps we could fire Rep. Collins and find a less wealthy candidate who would cherish an American job.


Gerard M. Morrisey


Resident questions Yates Councilman’s claims about turbine project

Posted 25 January 2017 at 10:31 am


As a taxpayer and constituent in the Town of Yates, I find it offensive that you, John Riggi, continue to put out misinformation about the Lighthouse Wind Project and sign your letters Councilman, Town of Yates.

As my Councilman, I would prefer that you check and get the facts correct before stating them in a letter to the editor. John, your nose is growing faster than the height of the wind turbines. For this reason, again I give you four “Pinocchios.”

It is true Apex has proposed a 200 MW Wind Farm in the towns of Somerset and Yates. I have checked with Project Manger, Taylor Quarles, as well as several other helpful Apex employees, and they all confirmed that the final turbine model and tower height will be provided in the final application.  I have been completely unable to determine where the minimum height of 700 feet as you stated in your letter dated Dec. 21, 2016 came from.

Once the turbine size, layout and underground collection routes have been determined, the other major cost of the wind farm would be the height of the towers.  I assume most of the readers would know, the higher you go the greater the cost.  If you can get the productivity that you desire at 400, 500, or 600 feet, you surely wouldn’t build to 700 feet, especially considering there are not any onshore turbines available at that height!  I ask you John, “What reason do you have for perpetuating this made up 700 feet number, other than fear mongering.”

As a former Air Force military man, I place much more faith in the DOD Siting Clearinghouse, Retired Col. David Belote, and the present Base Commander of NFARS, then a misinformed Past President of SOS turned Town of Yates Councilman.  As a past military man, I also know that The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), that Mr. Riggi claims to know so much about, is the most political Committee in government.  I’m confident with our new President, being a fellow New Yorker, there will be much opposition to closing NFARS. This is another example of your fear mongering.

In my opinion, the more the public is informed of the many benefits of wind power, (clean green energy, lower or no town taxes, farm income not dependent on weather or commodity prices, more computers and classroom aids for our schools, lower school taxes, lower county taxes) to name a few.

Remember back when everyone opposed the Somerset Power Project.  I have observed Somerset residents enjoying many of the above benefits and more for over the past decades.


Howard Pierce


County makes mistake in disbanding Auxiliary Police

Posted 25 January 2017 at 10:26 am


It’s hard for me to believe that once again the county elected officials have decided to shoot themselves in the foot. Why would you decide to take a perfectly good for the county volunteer organization like the Orleans County Auxiliary Police and dissolve them?

I truly cannot understand what they were thinking. These dedicated well-trained officers haven’t cost the county anything for their hours of service and the protection of all of us at many of the big county events. Are you kidding me!

At a time where we are all debating on just how to pay for our law enforcement, this is what we decide! Go figure! Only in Orleans County!

Jim Vale


Planet suffers from ‘big oil,’ weak politicians and misinformed citizens

Posted 24 January 2017 at 11:54 pm


Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies at the expense of average Americans.

CEOs are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change.

Town governments who fear powerful, yet misinformed “citizens groups” oppose wind and solar projects. Retirement pensions are heavily invested in big oil companies.

I’m sick of conservative nonsense and lies about green technology being worse than oil, coal and nukes. The gloves are off.

Al Capurso


Albion man deploys for Afghanistan, and fiancé seeks prayers for safe return

Posted 24 January 2017 at 5:51 pm


My fiancé, Sgt. Michael Landauer of the U.S Army National Guard, is a true hometown hero. He is heading off to Afghanistan for his second tour along with a group of soldiers from his unit. He is part of Detatchment 1, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th general support Aviation battalion based out of Rochester.

We are expecting a child during this deployment. Our hearts are heavy but we stand very proud! He selflessly serves our country with outstanding character and we are very lucky to call him our own!

He comes from a long line of service men and proudly serves our country like his father, uncles and grandfather before him.

Seen behind us in this photo are the CH-47F Chinook helicopters he flies on as a flight engineer. You may have seen or heard them buzz around town!

We ask for your prayers and well wishes to bring our men home safe.

Ashtone Cooper


All donations to Charles Howard memorial go directly towards project

Posted 23 January 2017 at 9:40 am


Potential customers of the Albion Betterment Committee’s 13-year, uninterrupted, weekly senior gas pumping service have said, “No, you won’t!” and “Why would you do that?” when volunteers tell them they will pump their gas and give them a rebate if they do. Such exchanges are not uncommon with first timers being offered the service.

ABC’s effort to establish a fitting memorial honoring Albion’s Charles W. Howard is quite similar and might prompt the same reaction. That is because the contributions being made to establish the memorial are not used to promote the memorial project.

The advertising, signage, and other expenses connected with the promotion and fund raising needed to complete the project are paid for by ABC’s operating budget. They are kept entirely separate from contributions to complete the actual work on the memorial.

To reiterate, what has been contributed toward completion of the project is earmarked for building the memorial itself. Additionally, any amount offered through GoFundMe ( goes entirely to the project as well. ABC pays the the GoFundMe fee so that 100% of what is committed by the giver through the site will be used on the memorial.

Fortunately, nearly all contributions have come by check sent directly to me at 14487 Baker Road, Kent, New York 14477.

It should be added that ABC has no paid staff and contributions to the Charles Howard project are entirely tax deductible.

Of course we gladly accept tax deductible contributions to our general operating budget as well.

Sincerely yours,

Joe Gehl

ABC co-director/treasurer

Murray officials should work to preserve ‘authentic rural America’ in their own town

Posted 22 January 2017 at 8:41 pm


I’d like to thank former Murray Supervisor Mr. Hank Lehning for nominating me to the Orleans County Planning Board over 10 years ago.

It was the beginning of my commitment to community service and during the past decade I’ve enjoyed working with my colleagues and staff at the county for the betterment of all our wonderful communities.

Thank you to the Murray Town Board for the privilege to serve on the town’s planning board and for your support over the years in both capacities. I learned so much about zoning, planning & development in those important roles and the knowledge gained is an invaluable asset that I carry forward in my resume.

Congratulations to Elaine Berg, Mike Mele and Bob Miller for your appointments and I look forward to hearing your ideas as we embrace the challenges ahead on our town’s continued path to a bright future. Fresh ideas and new faces keep government healthy and wise.

We accomplished a lot in 2016 by questioning Murray tax rate increases, bringing to the forefront our water districts operational and long term sustainability. We highlighted the exorbitant fringe benefit packages provided to select officials. Today town hall meetings are very well attended by interested citizens and it’s the place to be on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. But our work is not yet finished.

In 2017, I’d like to see a change in policy with less emphasis on code enforcement and more focus on community outreach. After years of the code enforcement department cleaning up our town and zero significant growth one would assume the town is in a reasonable state of compliance.

Now it would be great if our councilmen would make an increased effort to reach out beyond the walls of the town hall and hear firsthand the voices of families, farmers and businesses that make up our community.

There are businesses within our town that have achieved national, state and local awards without any recognition from our town council. In November at a packed town hall meeting residents, farmers, business owners and professionals spoke out in a unified voice over a common concern.

All were discounted and referred to as bullies. How can that be justified? There is an obvious disconnect.

Our community is a very special place. We have great people, beautiful architecture, a riveting history, wide open spaces with room to roam along with the best farmers providing the finest crops for our tables.

There are animated conversations filled with laughter and the best home grown stories you’ve ever heard. It’s a rare piece of authentic rural America. It’s a great place to live and let’s not take it for granted and lose what we have.

Best to you,

Joe Sidonio