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Vote for Albion candidate with proven commitment to fight new landfill

Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

As many “Albion-ites” know, over 20 years ago (in 1991) the solid-waste behemoth, Waste Management, approached the Albion Town Board with interest in constructing a new solid-waste landfill in the Town.

While there are several key players that fought Waste Management’s efforts, no one is more responsible for keeping the proposed landfill out of Albion than my mother, Susan “Kim” Remley. She and Patricia Wood brought SPOC (Stop Polluting Orleans County) back to life, and as part of their effort the small group of conservationists and activists successfully encouraged and enticed numerous candidates to run for town office on a single, anti-landfill platform. Just to name a few of the winners: former Supervisors Ted Sharping, Dr. John Fernandez, former Council members Scott Tilden, Dale Davis, Nancy Ebbs, and others not intentionally left out.

What many “Albion-ites” do not know is that the final word on Waste Management’s attempts to construct a new landfill rested, ultimately, with the New York State Uniform Court System. I encourage the people of this community to Google Waste Management of N.Y., LLC v. Town of Albion (legal citation: 859 N.Y.S.2d 900 (Supreme Court of New York, 2005)).

Read the factual record and the Judge’s decision. Because if you do, you will understand that the only reason why there is no 500-foot landfill just north of Route 31 is because the Albion Town Board, under the learned stewardship of Dr. John Fernandez, passed an ordinance requiring a special permit be issued by the Board itself before any landfill construction or expansion could take place.

The legal doctrine the N.Y. Supreme Court, and ultimately the highest court in the State, the Court of Appeals, affirmed is called “home rule.” Quoting directly from the opinion: “There is no threshold or unit of measure that reflects the residents perceptions or level of irritation and we therefore defer to localities on such quality of life issues based on home rule.” And with that, the Court dismissed Waste Management’s petition to compel the Town of Albion to approve a solid-waste landfill permit.

I write today because the Town of Albion is once again faced with an overzealous “landfiller,” who wishes to make millions at the expense of our Town’s future. As any academic or economist will tell you, landfills do not benefit the towns they are located in.

Landfills lower property values, erode the tax base, and contaminate groundwater and soil. Now, some will assuredly proclaim that SPOC’s argument is an example of the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) movement. Unfortunately for those naysayers, Albion has already been tasked with dealing with the fallout of two existing landfills, and we should not be forced to spend the next century cleaning up after another one.

To this end, there is only one candidate for the Albion Town Board that will fight with every ounce of her being to keep the landfill out and to keep the local “home rule” ordinance on the books. That candidate is Ms. Darlene Benton. With Ms. Benton on the Town Board, three of the five votes, a majority, will be locked-in against any new or expanded landfilling in the Town.

Without Ms. Benton on the Board, it is uncertain that a majority of the Board would vote to block further landfilling in the Town. The choice is clear, but surprisingly, many Albion voters thought the landfill issue had been resolved years ago. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as a new proprietor has been investigating and pursuing the possibility of re-opening and expanding Orleans Sanitary Landfill (OSL).

The good voters of the Town of Albion have risen to the occasion before and have repeatedly and resoundingly rejected additional landfilling. We must rise to the occasion again on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and vote for Ms. Darlene Benton for Albion Town Board.

Go Vote!

Andrew “Drew” Remley
SPOC Member (1995 – Present)
Albion

Lattin releases new book on Halloween pictures and pranks

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – Bill Lattin signs a copy of his new book, “Halloween Pictures and Pranks,” for Albion resident Kim Pritt during a book launch party and photo exhibit this evening at the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church.

Lattin retired last Dec. 31 as Orleans County historian. He has been working on the book about Halloween, and includes submitted photos and essays of recollections and pranks from local residents.

Lattin also shares some personal photos, including one of him dressed as Tootsie for Halloween. He also divulges some of his own tricks during Halloween.

Lattin and organizers of the event at Pullman encouraged people to attend in costume, and Melissa Ierlan, the Clarendon town historian, dressed as a historical marker, noting that Lattin had written another book about local history.

The book launch party included a presentation by Joe Struble, retired archivist from the George Eastman House. He shared some historic photos about Halloween from the Eastman House collection.

The book is available for $10. It can be purchased from Bindings Bookstore and the Pullman church in Albion. Proceeds from sales of the book go the Pullman Memorial Repair and Restoration Building Fund.

A grant from the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council and additional support from businesses and sponsors helped make the book possible.

One of the images in the book shows this group at a Halloween party in 1943. Front row: Cary Lattin (standing), John Larwood, Avis Lattin, Robert Brown, Katherine Church, Fred Miller, William Phillips. Seated on floor: Ward Wilson. 2nd row: Jean Jackson, Geraldine Larwood, Doris Phillips, Dorothy Miller, Agnes Wilson, Angie Brown, Grace Phillips. 3rd row: Albert Mason, Ruth Mason, Marcus Phillips, John Jackson, Sanford B. Church.

Yates resident supports 3 candidates working against wind project

Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

This is regarding Susan Campbell’s letter posted in the Hub on Oct. 28, “SOS accused of undermining wishes of majority of full-time Yates residents.”

The law is the law. You can not vote with just a post office box – you have to have a residential address. The regulations are clear and stated on the NY voter registration website. Ms. Campbell needs to do better research.

If the people of Yates and Somerset don’t understand that this wind turbine project is the BIGGEST & MOST IMPORTANT issue in these two towns right now, they are living in Fantasy Land. The outcome of this potential project, if it continues, will have a negative effect that will last for years.

I sincerely hope that Simon, Riggi and Maid are elected. The town of Yates needs new leadership with new ideas. These men have them and are willing to work with ALL citizens.

I have heard NO ideas from the other candidates.

As to the “wishes of the majority,” the SOS survey clearly showed a majority AGAINST the wind turbine project. The survey promised by the Town of Yates board has yet to materialize and clearly will not be put out before the election.

Susan Dudley
Lyndonville

Don’t forget to turn back clocks tonight

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The Main Street clock in Albion is pictured after dusk on Friday.

ALBION – Tonight is the end of Daylight Savings Time and people should turn their clocks back an hour.

The American Red Cross also reminds people to take simple steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said Chuck Marra, executive director of the Western New York Chapter. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

Check smoke alarm batteries. When turning the clocks ahead, take a few minutes to replace the smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. It’s also a great time to check carbon monoxide detectors.

Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.

Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.

Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.

Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.

Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.

Resident backs Drennan, citing experience, opposition to SAFE Act

Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

When it comes to the race for sheriff we keep hearing hearing experience this and experience that. What about your rights to keep and bear arms?

A violation of the constitution Is TREASON! The Democratic candidate by his own admission has stated not only will he violate his OATH of office but commit treason as well.

The people’s sheriff will follow what the people want. Since an amendment would be needed, would he be willing to do the same?

Keeping this in mind, along with experience, Drennan is the best person for our next sheriff and has my vote.

Craig Wilston
Albion

Republican voter says Drennan most prepared to be next sheriff

Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

It has been a long, at times contentious, election season.

Living in a country which promotes the tenets of democracy, people are free to choose, which includes voting for elected officials. In spite of all the rhetoric, it still remains paramount that our opportunity to choose should not be demeaned.

Regardless of one’s party affiliation, no one should be locked into supporting the choice of the party, especially if a voter has done his/her due diligence and researched a candidate’s credentials.

An informed voter must be satisfied that the vote cast will be for a candidate who can best meet the needs of the office and those being served. Not everyone endorsed by a particular party is, in my research, the most competent and experienced candidate to be favored with my vote.

Through 50-plus years of voting, I have voted for the person most capable of fulfilling the duties of an office, regardless of party affiliation.

Vote, rise above party politics and expensive ads. Candidates should be vetted and selected by the voter.

“Experience Matters” is much more than a catchy phrase. It is the essence of a person’s ability to come prepared to do a job. Regardless of party affiliation or allegiance, a voter is free to choose. Isn’t that what the democratic process should be all about?

Chief Deputy Tom Drennan’s experience and ability to serve trumps party loyalty for this Republican voter.

Maureen Blackburn
Ridgeway

Medina businesses hand out goodies to costumed characters

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
MEDINA – It was Beggar’s Night in downtown Medina this evening and hundreds of children turned out for treats, stopping by many of the local businesses including Herbalty Cottage, which is owned by Bonnie Heck.

Heck dressed up as the Cat in the Hat and her husband Tom was agood sport as “Thing 1” from the popular book by Dr. Seuss. Their daughter Lindsay was Thing 2.

Ethan Brown, 6, of Medina is dressed as Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean. He is in Medina outside Main Street TV & Appliance Sales, one of the stops on Beggar’s Night.

Kylee Howard is dressed as a bumblebee while handing out candy at A Kut Above.

Debbie Woodroe, owner of Woodroe Realty, is dressed as a ghost and tries to get the attention of some of the kids on Beggar’s Night. Many of the business owners were in costume for the event.

Ashley Woodroe (left), granddaughter of Debbie Woodroe, and Ashley’s friend Jessie Fox are dressed as rockers while giving out candy at Woodroe Realty.

Leah Pritchard, left, and her cousin Hailey Bader dole out goodies at a lily and a sparrow.

These friends –  Torry Dames, left, and Julian Tavor – are dressed a Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles while getting some candy from Jaye Sullivan, owner of Blissett’s.

Medina Police Chief Jose Avila directs traffic at the Main Street and East Center Street intersection. Avila is retiring by the end of the year.

Language school opens in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Lubna Zaidi is opening the Medina Language Center at 511 West Ave., a former dental office. She will have an open house with demonstrations on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

MEDINA – Lubna Zaidi has a vision for Medina as a draw for international students. She and her team would teach English and foreign languages, and offer other services to help prepare students for American universities.

She thinks some students would stay for up to a year, improving their education and enjoying small-town American life.

Zaidi is taking the first step with that vision by opening the Medina Language Center.

“I think things grow in small places, sometimes faster than in big cities where you can get lost,” Zaidi said at the language center, which is located at 511 West Ave., a former dental office.

The school’s first focus will be high school students from the local community. The center will also gladly serve younger students and adults who need help to improve their skills and understanding in English and foreign languages, as well as other school subjects.

Zaidi and her team of teachers will have an open house on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to about 5 p.m. Medina Mayor Andrew Meier, who owns the building, will give opening remarks at the celebration.

Zaidi will give an overview of the center’s programs at 1:30 p.m. and there will be free trial classes, registration and information sessions from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Zaidi currently runs the World Life Education Centre outside Toronto. The Medina center will be modeled after that school, helping students bolster language skills and prepare for college entrance exams and other important tests.

The smaller class setting has proven to help those students, Zaidi said. The school also has a youth leadership program, The Gavel Club, and Zaidi wants to bring that program with its public speaking competitions to Medina.

“The focus is on public speaking and leadership, and to first try to be a humanitarian leader before you move on to something else,” she said.

She grew up in Hong Kong and was involved in a Gavel Club, when the program was first starting. She has taught and learned at schools in Toronto, London and Dubai, before establishing her school in Toronto three years ago, working with about 40 to 60 students each year.

Zaidi also has been a volunteer with the World Life Institute Project Life program, where war orphans from Afghanistan, Kosovo and Chechnya spend the summer in Orleans County, learning English, art and enjoying the rural countryside with host families.

Zaidi has been a chaperone for children on the flights from Afghanistan to the United States. She said she was so inspired by the program she named her school in Toronto after World Life.

Her parents recently moved from New York City to Medina so Zaidi is often in town visiting them and her friends in the World Life Institute. She has a team of teachers ready to serve in the Medina Language Center.

Classes will be available in the mornings, afternoons and evenings if there is demand from the students. She would like to connect with local school districts to make the center available to help local students.

If the program grows, she thinks the center could be popular with international students spending several months in Medina, honing their language skills before college.

Zaidi thinks Medina has lots of small-town appeal that would be attractive to international students. Many are from smaller towns in other countries and they would feel more comfortable staying in Medina than a big city.

They would also be close to Niagara Falls and nearby cities.

For more information about the Medina Language Center, call (585) 765-5480.

Legislature candidate says he brings fresh perspective, courage to speak out on issues

Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

As I have campaigned, attended events and listened to the concerns of many voters there is one common theme that I keep hearing: “It is time for a fresh face.”

I am exactly that: a 21-year-old with a fresh perspective on the issues and a unique ability to work well with people of all different political ideologies. I am not your seasoned politician.

I am not someone who is controlled by a party. I am not someone who owes people political favors. I am a passionate person who has been raised in this great county and wants nothing more than to make a difference.

This past week, I saw two articles that my opponent (Don Allport) was quoted in. One of the articles he was quoted in dealt with him condemning the Article X process set forth by the Power New York Act of 2011 in regards to the Apex Wind Project.

Now, I want to be very clear, not only did I condemn the Article X process several months ago, but I did something that my opponent hasn’t done, I took a stance on the issue and I stated that I unequivocally oppose the project.

The other article that he was quoted in was in regards to higher gas prices in Orleans Countyand Mr. Allport is right, it’s wrong for us to be paying more in our county due to unfair zone-pricing. He chooses issues that almost no one can disagree withstate overreach and gas prices.

I mention these articles because, for the past several months, Mr. Allport has not appeared to be a leader in our county. He has not been heard from in months and hasn’t campaigned much.

Now, with just a couple of days left before the election, he is speaking out to be a leader, in a last ditch effort to gain publicity before Election Day. In other words, he is playing a political game and in turn playing you, the voters.

Lastly, I want to express my most sincere gratitude to all of my supporters for their support in this long campaign process. With just a couple of days left before we cast our ballots, I want urge and ask everyoneDemocrats, Republicans, Conservatives, independentsto vote for me on Nov. 3.

Respectfully,

James White
Gaines
Candidate for Orleans County Legislature

Organisciak has no personal agenda, just desire to enforce law, lead Sheriff’s Office

Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

We need a leader, a leader who will obey the laws. The definition of a leader is an individual who has the clarity to know the right things to do. This defines Don Organisciak.

He has the experience, has no personal agenda and can lead the Sheriff’s office.

There will be no fear of reprisal from the staff. Make the right choice and on Nov. 3 vote for Don Organisciak for Sheriff.

Jeanne Crane
Carlton
Orleans County Democratic Chairwoman