Thursday, September 22, 2016

Two COR executives charged in federal probe of Cuomo development projects

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Two owners of COR Development Co. face federal corruption charges in U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's investigation into economic development projects in Upstate New York. Continue reading via this link to

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Infrasound and Little Galloo Island

Photo credit: C.P Schneider ~ Little Galoo Island
Below is a copy of a letter written by Clifford Schneider, a former DEC Biologist to the NYS Public Service Commission, concerning the proposed Galloo Island Wind project and the potential harmful impacts of infrasound generated by wind turbines and its affect on the nesting bird population on Little Galloo Island.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Absentee Count: Byrne Now The Winner With 51 Vote Lead

Absentee ballots in Jefferson County in the Republican primary for the 116th Assembly District have now been counted and John Byrne is the unofficial winner with a 51 vote lead. Continue reading via this link to WNY7 Fox news

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Dennis C. Vacco: Local Law No. 5 protects residents in the town of Clayton

 The following piece was published in today’s online edition of the Watertown daily times.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Public Service Commission recently mandated that 50 percent of the state’s power must be generated by renewable sources by the year 2030.

Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Town of Clayton unveils thinly veiled wind ban

Last evening the Town of Clayton held a public hearing to allow the community to comment on Clayton’s proposed wind law,Local Law No.5

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

County Planning Board disapproves of Brownville’s new proposed wind laws

Watertown Daily Times

By MARCUS WOLF Wednesday,AUGUST 31, 2016

CLAYTON — The Brownville Town Board submitted an application for a zoning law amendment to the Jefferson County Planning Board, including regulations on wind energy facilities, but the planners voted to disapprove the application and recommended a list of revisions for approval during their monthly meeting. Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times

Friday, August 26, 2016

Raise up your voices

Outside Looking In
Watertown Daily Times

Perry White
City Editor

published: August 26, 2016

Let’s start with this premise (as our governor has): to save our planet, we should be developing and deploying energy sources that will gradually replace the most dangerous polluters, starting with coal (“clean coal” is the best punch line ever perpetrated on the public).Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times

Allegations of DEC bias on Galloo Island wind project receive mixed responses

Watertown Daily Times

Accusations of bias toward the state Department of Environmental Conservation have brought sharp criticism, but local stakeholders supported DEC’s decision to continue participating in the Article 10 process for Apex Clean Energy’s Galloo Island Wind project.
Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Upstate Power Play

Governor Cuomo’s renewable-energy push gets dirty.

Robert Bryce
July 28, 2016                         Infrastructure and energy ; New York

New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable-energy ambitions are running headlong into the hard realities of maintaining a reliable electric grid. On July 8, the New York Independent System Operator, the agency charged with managing the state’s grid, provided comments on the governor’s plan to require utilities to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2030. The NYISO maintains that to keep the lights on, the state will have to spend heavily on new transmission infrastructure to accommodate more renewables, preserve all of its nuclear capacity (including the controversial Indian Point Energy Center), and build even more onshore wind-energy capacity in upstate communities. Five days after the NYISO filed its comments, Cuomo’s energy czar, Richard Kauffman, fired off an angry—and rather bizarre—letter to Brad Jones, the NYISO president and CEO. Calling the grid operator’s comments “misleading, incomplete, and grossly inaccurate,” Kauffman claimed that the NYISO showed “an alarming lack” of understanding of “how a modern grid can be developed and operated.”  Continue reading via this link to City