Bribes or Grants ? oh my… I’m Confused

The Constitution Pipeline Announces Newest Community Grants – Somehow, giving money is supposed to Do What?

http://wellsaidcabot.com/constitution-pipeline-community-grants/

The Constitution Pipeline has just announced the awarding of $350,000 to community organizations in the NY and northeastern Pennsylvania area. To date, Constitution Pipeline has distributed more than $1 million in funding. As you may remember, the Constitution Pipeline is a partnership between Cabot, Williams and other companies to move gas produced in Susquehanna County to new markets.

  • Susquehanna County Free Library Association – Computers for the library. Grant award: $20,000.
  • Harford Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance  – Ambulance 5 Replacement Project. Grant award: $25,000.
  • Montrose Minute Men Inc. – Provide a Polaris Brutus to deliver emergency medical services to citizens of Susquehanna County. Grant award: $23,258.
“We are very appreciative to receive funding under this grant program” says Tom Kurosky, Board President of the Association. The Association’s computers were in need of an update, being almost ten years old. As well as new hardware, the computers will be upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7.”
We’re getting new computers!!!
Pictured from left to right, former Board president Toby Anderson, Williams External Communications’ Keith Isbell, Board Treasurer Rob Vermette, Board Vice President Sharon Norville, and Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone.
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Support Courageous NYS Elected Officials

These intrepid representatives ( from ALL counties) from NYS have taken a bold step, calling for Governor Quomo ( oh where are you, my captain) to meet –  and, yes, they are still waiting.

Source (Thanks, TimesUnion!)  http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Anti-fracking-group-rallies-at-Capitol-4258027.php

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http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/

ALBANY — The anti-hydrofracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York held a news conference at the Capitol to argue that the potential costs of dealing with a natural gas boom could be seen as an unfunded mandate on localities.

Test this statement: “Gas drillers, however, have said that opening new wells would increase property values, with higher tax revenues resulting. ”

 

Dear Governor Cuomo:

June 4, 2012

We, the undersigned elected officials, are sworn to protect our communities and safeguard the public health, environment, and economies of New York State’s towns, villages, counties, and cities. Therefore, we respectfully urge you to maintain the de facto moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling in New York State until analyses have thoroughly and properly evaluated the potential health, economic, and cumulative environmental impacts on local communities. The current analyses fail to meet this standard and new concerns about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing arise every week.

In a statement on September 24, 2011 you said, “My point all along is to make the decision on hydrofracking based on the facts and on the science.” (emphasis added) We support this principle. However, the facts and the science currently leave many serious questions unanswered.

Therefore, we respectfully urge you to maintain the de facto moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing until the following independent assessments have been completed:

  • A comprehensive health impact assessment of the entire shale gas extraction process, including but not limited to direct and indirect health effects and cumulative health impacts;
  • A revised and properly thorough analysis that considers all potentially negative socioeconomic impacts, including but not limited to increased demands on local governments, first responders and law enforcement, and the effects of drilling on property values and home mortgages, existing businesses and economies, and local community character; and
  • A revised and properly thorough study of cumulative impacts, including but not limited to the impacts on the rural landscape, water resources, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions, and the lack of safe alternatives for wastewater disposal.

Even though the Department of Environmental Conservation is finalizing its environmental review and revised regulations, the Department has already signaled that a comprehensive health impact assessment is not necessary. Its study of socioeconomic impacts reported positive impacts but failed to properly analyze the negative impacts, and the revised SGEIS still failed to adequately consider cumulative regional environmental impacts, despite many comments highlighting this gap in the first draft.

To earn our and the public’s confidence in the adequacy of the assessments we are seeking, all these studies must be made available for public review and comment before regulations are finalized or the moratorium is lifted. These studies are essential for New Yorkers to trust the safety of hydraulic fracturing in our communities. Many potential impacts of drilling are irreversible. These questions must be answered before – not after – any decision is made about hydraulic fracturing.

As elected officials from across New York State, we share with you the responsibility to protect and defend our people and our state. Although the geographic area where drilling may occur may be limited, the impacts will be felt across the state. Unless and until the facts and the science prove that horizontal hydraulic fracturing is safe, New York’s de facto moratorium must remain in place. It appears that the directive to answer the questions that New Yorkers are asking must come from you.

Now more than ever before, New Yorkers need your strong leadership to protect our state. Thank you for giving this urgent issue your full consideration.* Current and former elected officials, an asterisk listed next to a name is used to denote those who have transitioned from public service and are now former  elected officials.

  • Mary Adams, RN, MPH
    Commissioner of Education
    City of Rochester
    Monroe County
  • Dan Aman
    Clerk
    Town of Brighton
    Monroe County
    Carrie Andrews
    Legislator
    Monroe County
  • Nicola Armacost
    Trustee
    Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
    Westchester County
  • Ron Ashworth
    Councilmember
    Town of Freedom
    Cattaraugus County
  • Ronald E. Bailey
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Ronald Ball
    Councilmember
    City of Salamanca
    Cattaraugus County
  • Steve Barnhoorn
    Councilmember
    Town of Richmond
    Ontario County
  • Kevin R. Barry Jr.
    Councilmember
    Town of Whitestown
    Oneida County
  • Thomas Basher
    Trustee
    Village of Tarrytown
    Westchester County
  • Penny Beebe
    Trustee
    Village of Freeville
    Tompkins County
  • John G. Bennett, Jr.
    Alderperson
    City of Cordland
    Cortland County
  • Morris Bickweat
    Councilmember
    Town of Mendon
    Monroe County
  • Daniel Birnbaum
    Councilmember
    Town of Meredith
    Delaware County
  • Debra Blalock*
    Legislator
    Dutchess County
  • Patricia Body
    Commissioner of Education
    School District of Syracuse
    Onondaga County
  • Catherine Borgia
    Legislator
    Westchester County
  • Stephen Bradley
    Councilmember
    Town of Wawarsing
    Ulster County
  • Debra Brock
    Board Member
    Town of Preble
    Cortland County
  • Roger Brown
    Mayor
    Village of Van Etten
    Chemung County
  • Timothy E. Buckley
    Council Member
    City of Batavia
    Genesee County
  • Jan Burdick
    Town Clerk
    Town of Alfred
    Allegany County
  • Michael Busch
    Council Member
    City of Glens Falls
    Warren County
  • Dominick Calsolaro*
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • George E. Capek
    Supervisor
    Town of Oppenheim
    Fulton County
  • Scott Carlsen
    Supervisor
    Town of Wawarsing
    Ulster County
  • Peter A. Caruso
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Carl Chipman
    Supervisor
    Town of Rochester
    Ulster County
  • Stephen J. Churchill
    Supervisor
    Town of Seneca Falls
    Seneca County
  • Michael J. Clancy
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Frank Coccho
    Councilmember
    City of Corning
    Steuben County
  • Janis Colarusso
    Supervisor
    Town of Orchard Park
    Erie County
  • Agnes Compagnone, RPA-C*
    Councilmember
    City of Beacon
    Dutchess County
  • Leslie Connors
    Councilmember
    Town of Danby
    Tompkins County
  • Ralph Cook
    Councilmember
    Town of Conquest
    Cayuga County
  • Justin Corcoran
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • Heather Covington
    Councilmember
    Town of Butternuts
    Otsego County
  • Laurie Crane
    Supervisor
    Town of Huron
    Wayne County
  • Fred Culbert
    Councilmember
    Town of Springfield
    Otsego County
  • Fay Davis
    Deputy Supervisor
    Town of German Flatts
    Herkimer County
  • James R. Dean
    Trustee
    Village of Cooperstown
    Otsego County
  • Edward DeJaneiro, Jr.
    Legislator
    Genesee County
  • Rich DePaolo
    Councilmember
    Town of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Tony DiCostanzo
    Councilor
    City of Geneva
    Ontario County
  • Ann Marie Dixon
    Councilmember
    Town of Freedom
    Cattaraugus County
  • Susanne Donnelly
    Supervisor
    Town of Ossining
    Westchester County
  • David Doonan
    Mayor
    Village of Greenwich
    Washington County
  • Bob Dougherty
    Councilmember
    City of Syracuse
    Onondaga County
  • Daniel Dromm
    Councilmember
    City of New York
    Queens County
  • Leland Durkee
    Councilmember
    Town of Canadice
    Ontario County
  • Toney L. Earl
    Legislator
    Rockland County
  • Cora Edwards
    Legislator
    Sullivan County
  • Timothy Emley
    Supervisor
    Town of Portville
    Cattaraugus County
  • Catherine Fahey
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • George Farenthold
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of Aurora
    Cayuga County
  • Paul J. Feiner
    Supervisor
    Town of Greenburgh
    Westchester County
  • Francis Feth
    Counclmember
    Town of Otto
    Cattaraugus County
  • Kenneth Fisher
    Councilmember
    Town of Yorkshire
    Cattaraugus County
  • Mark Florack
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of East Rochester
    Monroe County
  • Gary Ford
    Councilmember
    Town of Marshall
    Oneida County
  • Walter Franck*
    Trustee
    Village of Cooperstown
    Otsego County
  • Randy French
    Councilmember
    Town of Brandon
    Franklin County
  • James Frisch*
    Deputy Supervisor
    Town of Ledyard
    Cayuga County
  • Joseph M. Furgol
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Jeffery L. Gallahan
    Supervisor
    Town of Manchester
    Ontario County
  • Tom Garretson
    Supervisor
    Town of Cherry Valley
    Otsego County
  • Anne Geddes-Atwell
    Supervisor
    Town of Otsego
    Otsego County
  • Ruth Givin
    Trustee
    Village of Burdett
    Schuyler County
  • Leah Golby
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Bill Goodman
    Councilmember
    Town of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Stephanie Gray
    Councilmember
    Town of Oppenheim
    Fulton County
  • George I. Griffin, Jr.
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of Mount Kisco
    Westchester County
  • Angela Grouse
    Councilmember
    Town of Livonia
    Livingston County
  • Stephen F. Hamilton
    Trustee
    Village of Cayuga Heights
    Tompkins County
  • Chris Harmon
    Supervisor
    Town of Milford
    Otsego County
  • Terry Harvey
    Councilmember
    Town of McDonough
    Chenango County
  • Stephen Heiser
    Councilmember
    Town of Minden
    Montgomery County
  • Alfred Higley
    Councilmember
    Town of Shandaken
    Ulster County
  • Tom Hohensee
    Councilmember
    Town of Otsego
    Otsego County
  • Michael Horton
    Councilmember
    Town of Gainesville
    Wyoming County
  • Richard Hunt
    Trustee
    Village of Delevan
    Cattaraugus County
  • Joseph Igoe
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Richard Jacobson
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • Craig Jesmer
    Councilmember
    Town of Dickinson
    Franklin County
  • Jack Jordan
    Councilmember
    Town of Shandaken
    Ulster County
  • Elizabeth Karns
    Trustee
    Village of Cayuga Heights
    Tompkins County
  • Brian Kehoe
    Trustee
    Village of Catskill
    Greene County
  • David Kelly
    Trustee
    Village of Macedon
    Wayne County
  • Jean Kessner
    Councilmember
    City of Syracuse
    Onondaga County
  • Dayton King
    Mayor
    City of Gloversville
    Fulton County
  • Deborah Kliman
    Trustee
    Village of Hamilton
    Madison County
  • Christine Kolodziejczak
    Councilmember
    Town of Urbana
    Steuben County
  • John Kosmer*
    County Representative
    Otsego County
  • Jeffrey T. Krauss
    Councilmember
    Town of North Collins
    Erie County
  • Susan Labuhn
    Legislator
    Cattaraugus County
  • Patrick Landewe
    Trustee
    Village of Saugerties
    Ulster County
  • Richard T. Lape
    Supervisor
    Town of Richmondville
    Schoharie County
  • Kathleen Latremore
    Trustee
    Village of Carthage
    Jefferson County
  • Gregory K. Leach
    Councilmember
    Town of Cortlandville
    Cortland County
  • Milagros Lecuona
    Councilmember
    City of White Plains
    Westchester County
  • Phyllis A. Lemay
    Clerk
    Village of Chateaugay
    Franklin County
  • Lynn Leopold
    Trustee
    Village of Lansing
    Tompkins County
  • John Lightfoot
    Legislator
    Monroe County
  • Arnold Lobdell
    Councilmember
    Village of Burke
    Franklin County
  • Patricia Long
    Councilmember
    City of Little Falls
    Herkimer County
  • Warren J. Lucas
    Supervisor
    Town of North Salem
    Westchester County
  • Fion MacCrea
    Councilmember
    Town of Alfred
    Allegany County
  • Mary Mackey
    Councilmember
    Town of Freetown
    Cortland County
  • Mary Beth Maio
    Legislator
    Ulster County
  • Sue Mangold
    Councilmember
    Town of East Greenbush
    Rensselaer County
  • Mark A. Manna
    Councilmember
    Town of Amherst
    Erie County
  • Roxanne Marino*
    Supervisor
    Town of Ulysses
    Tompkins County
  • Christine Marshall
    Trustee
    Village of Altamont
    Albany County
  • Bruce Mayer
    Councilmember
    Town of Lima
    Livingston County
  • Patrick McCulloch
    Vice President
    Village of Catskills
    Greene County
  • Marybeth J. McGowan
    Councilmember
    City of Peekskill
    Westchester County
  • Nicki McNeil
    Tax Collector
    Town of Butternuts
    Otsego County
  • Robert J. Meelan
    Supervisor
    Town of Kirkland
    Oneida County
  • Kathleen Michell
    Town Clerk
    Town of Tusten
    Sullivan County
  • Kathy Miller
    Supervisor
    Town of Lansing
    Tompkins County
  • Beth Moakler
    Town Clerk
    Town of Middlefield
    Otsego County
  • Rodney Montana
    Councilmember
    Town of Oppenheim
    Fulton County
  • Michael Morley
    Councilor
    City of Ogdensburg
    St. Lawrence County
  • Sally Muller
    Mayor
    Village of Afton
    Chenango County
  • James Murphy*
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Lawrence A. Murtha
    Councilmember
    Town of Boston
    Erie County
  • Kevin Neary
    Mayor
    Village of Richmondville
    Schoharie County
  • Nina Nichols
    Councilmember
    City of Troy
    Rensselaer County
  • Louise Novros
    Councilmember
    Town of Brighton
    Monroe County
  • Michael D. O’Neil
    Councilmember
    Town of Kirkland
    Oneida County
  • Steven A. Olson
    Trustee
    Village of Pulaski
    Oswego County
  • Douglas Ostrander
    Deputy Supervisor
    Town of Cairo
    Greene County
  • Madolyn Palmer
    Councilmember
    City of Oneonta
    Otsego County
  • Nycole Parks
    Councilmember
    City of Elmira
    Chemung County
  • Gary Pavlic
    Legislator
    Rensselaer County
  • A. Martin Petrovic
    Mayor
    Village of Trumansburg
    Tompkins County
  • Jeffrey L. Pond
    Mayor
    City of Salamanca
    Cattaraugus County
  • Willa Powell
    Commissioner of Education
    City of Rochester
    Monroe County
  • Frank Proto
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Pat Pryor
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Manuel R. Quezada
    Trustee
    Village of Ossining
    Westchester County
  • Diana J. Radford
    Trustee
    Village of Freeville
    Tompkins County
  • Christopher Randall
    Trustee
    Village of Fayetteville
    Onondaga County
  • Richard H. Reynolds
    Councilmember
    Town of Westville
    Franklin County
  • Wayne Riddle
    Councilmember
    Town of Salamanca
    Cattaraugus County
  • Tony Ritter
    Councilmember
    Town of Tusten
    Sullivan County
  • Martha Robertson
    Chair of the Legislature
    Tompkins County
  • Lindsay Rockhill
    Councilmember
    Town of Moira
    Franklin County
  • Carol Ropke Wingert
    Supervisor
    Town of Tusten
    Sullivan County
  • Amy Rosmarin
    Councilmember
    Town of North Salem
    Westchester County
  • Jane Russell
    Supervisor
    Town of Pulteney
    Steuben County
  • John Ryland
    Trustee
    Village of Morris
    Otsego County
  • Gerald Sahrle
    Councilmember
    Town of Perry
    Wyoming County
  • Bennett Sandler
    Councilmember
    Town of Otsego
    Otsego County
  • Thomas J. Schaeper
    Supervisor
    Town of Ischua
    Cattaraugus County
  • Robert J. Schrader
    Legislator
    Herkimer County
  • Valerie Scribner
    Councilmember
    Town of Caroga
    Fulton County
  • Dale Senn
    Supervisor
    Town of Randolph
    Cattaraugus County
  • Michael Shea
    Supervisor
    Town of Constable
    Franklin County
  • MaryJane Shimsky
    Legislator
    Westchester County
  • Douglas Simmons
    Councilmember
    Town of Minden
    Montgomery County
  • Frederick Sinclair
    Legislator
    Allegany County
  • Richard Slisz
    Councilmember
    City of Tonawanda
    Erie County
  • Barbara Smith
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Steve Smith
    Alderperson
    City of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Philip Soskin
    Legislator
    Rockland County
  • Marcia Spencer
    Supervisor
    Town of Yorkshire
    Cattaraugus County
  • Brian Stall
    Councilmember
    City of Rensselaer
    Rensselaer County
  • Patrick Steger
    Highway Superintendent
    Town of Niles
    Cayuga County
  • Donna Stempniak
    Councilmember
    Village of Lancaster
    Erie County
  • Richard Stewart
    Trustee
    Village of Penn Yan
    Yates County
  • Kristina Strain
    Trustee
    Village of Gilbertsville
    Otsego County
  • James Sullivan
    Mayor
    Village of Schuylerville
    Saratoga County
  • Brian Sweeney
    Councilmember
    Town of Middletown
    Delaware County
  • Stacy Szukala
    Trustee
    Village of Dunkirk
    Chautauqua County
  • Sharon E. Taplin
    Trustee
    Village of Pulaski
    Oswego County
  • Robert Taylor
    Supervisor
    Town of New Lisbon
    Otsego County
  • Ann M. Thane
    Mayor
    City of Amsterdam
    Montgomery County
  • Carolyn Tinney
    Councilmember
    Town of Springwater
    Livingston County
  • Steve Tomlinson
    Councilmember
    Town of Hope
    Hamilton County
  • Dan Trevisani
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • John Tweedy
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of Bellerose
    Nassau County
  • Damian M. Ulatowski
    Supervisor
    Town of Clay
    Onondaga County
  • Donald Van Buren
    Councilmember
    Town of Olive
    Ulster County
  • Gary Vara
    Councilmember
    Town of Boston
    Erie County
  • Frank X. Vescera
    Councilmember
    City of Utica
    Oneida County
  • Paul Walbridge
    Councilmember
    Town of Malone
    Franklin County
  • Michael Warren
    Supervisor
    Town of Marbletown
    Ulster County
  • Henry S. Watkins
    Councilmember
    Town of Champion
    Jefferson County
  • Elizabeth Weberg
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of East Aurora
    Erie County
  • Dan Weideman
    Highway Superintendent
    Town of Schoharie
    Schoharie County
  • Lee Welles
    Councilmember
    City of Corning
    Steuben County
  • Christopher K. Werner
    Councilmember
    Town of Brighton
    Monroe County
  • Wendy Whetsel
    Councilperson
    Town of Putnam Valley
    Putnam County
  • Kevin Whitney
    Legislator
    Cortland County
  • Sherman Wilkens
    Trustee
    Village of Ellicottville
    Cattaraugus County
  • Richard Winters
    Mayor
    Village of Liberty
    Sullivan County
  • James Wojdan
    Councilmember
    Town of Otto
    Cattaraugus County
  • Gary Woodhead
    Councilmember
    Town of Portville
    Cattaraugus County
  • Kenneth Wray
    Mayor
    Village of Sleepy Hollow
    Westchester County
  • J. Peter Yendell
    Supervisor
    Town of Lima
    Livingston County
  • Ken Zalewski
    Councilmember
    City of Troy
    Rensselaer County
  • Diane Addesso
    Supervisor
    Town of Worcester
    Otsego County
  • Francena Amparo
    Legislator
    Dutchess County
  • Stephanie Aprigliano-Kiyak
    Councilmember
    City of Dunkirk
    Chautauqua County
  • Michael Armstrong
    Councilmember
    Town of Westville
    Franklin County
  • Michael F. Astafan
    Trustee
    Village of Carthage
    Jefferson County
  • Ronald Bailey
    Councilmember
    Town of Meredith
    Delaware County
  • Don Barber
    Supervisor
    Town of Caroline
    Tompkins County
  • Jake Barrett
    Councilmember
    City of Syracuse
    Onondaga County
  • Tracey A. Bartels
    Legislator
    Ulster County
  • George Becker
    Councilmember
    Town of Bleeker
    Fulton County
  • Richard Beller
    Councilmember
    Town of Summit
    Schoharie County
  • Allen Berg
    Councilmember
    Town of Franklin
    Franklin County
  • Peter Biesemyer
    Councilmember
    Town of Duane
    Franklin County
  • David H. Blades
    Supervisor
    Town of Lewis
    Essex County
    Barbara J. Blanchard
    Councilmember
    City of Schenectady
    Schenectady County
  • Thomas Boehm*
    Council Member
    Town of Coeymans
    Albany County
  • Frederick Bosch
    Councilmember
    Town of Highland
    Sullivan County
  • Gale A. Brewer
    Councilmember
    City of New York
    New York County
  • Cynthia Brock
    Alderperson
    City of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Kitty Brown
    Councilmember
    Town of New Paltz
    Ulster County
  • Terry L. Buckley
    Supervisor
    Town of Champion
    Jefferson County
  • William Burdick
    Trustee
    Village of Morris
    Otsego County
  • Donald Butcher
    Councilmember
    Town of Wales
    Erie County
  • Robert K. Camera
    Councilmember
    City of Geneva
    Ontario County
  • Keitha Capouya*
    Supervisor
    Town of Meredith
    Delaware County
  • Timothy Carpenter
    Councilor
    City of Plattsburgh
    Clinton County
  • Randy Casale
    Mayor
    City of Beacon
    Dutchess County
  • Carol Chock
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Tavi Cilenti
    Councilmember
    Town of Rochester
    Ulster County
  • Drew Claxton
    Deputy Mayor
    City of Peekskill
    Westchester County
  • John Codman III
    Trustee
    Village of Ossining
    Westchester County
  • Nancy S. Cole
    Board Member
    Town of Pulteney
    Steuben County
  • Peter Compton
    Highway Superintendent
    Town of Locke
    Cayuga County
  • Richard Conti
    President Pro Tempore and Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Clint Coolidge
    Supervisor
    Town of Theresa
    Jefferson County
  • Peter Cordes
    Councilmember
    Town of Sidney
    Delaware County
  • Robbie Cox
    Councilmember
    Town of Dickinson
    Franklin County
  • Richard Crawford
    Councilmember
    Town of Grand Island
    Erie County
  • Paul F. D’Amico
    Councilmember
    City of Geneva
    Ontario County
  • Franklin D. Davis
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Pam Deane
    Clerk
    Town of Otsego
    Otsego County
  • Elizabeth Deming
    Councilmember
    City of Little Falls
    Herkimer County
  • Joseph A. Desmaret
    Deputy Mayor
    Town of Spring Valley
    Rockland County
  • Ric Dietrich
    Supervisor
    Town of Danby
    Tompkins County
  • Robert Doherty
    Councilmember
    City of Troy
    Rensselaer County
  • Cindy Donofrio*
    Supervisor
    Town of Colchester
    Delaware County
  • Cynthia Doran
    Legislator
    Rensselaer County
  • David A. Downs
    Mayor
    Village of Whitney Point
    Broome County
  • Robert Duff
    Legislator
    Chautauqua County
  • Jo-Ann Dyckman
    Clerk
    Town of Cortlandt
    Westchester County
  • Philip Eaton
    Highway Superintendent
    Town of Augusta
    Oneida County
  • Bob Eklund
    Councilmember
    Town of New Lisbon
    Otsego County
  • Herb Engman
    Supervisor
    Town of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Cynthia Falk
    Trustee
    Village of Cooperstown
    Otsego County
  • Mark D. Farrell
    Legislator
    Cayuga County
  • Linda A. Ferguson
    Alderperson
    City of Cortland
    Cortland County
  • Fredrick Filock
    Councilmember
    Town of Leon
    Cattaraugus County
  • Kevin J. Fitch
    Supervisor
    Town of Scott
    Cortland County
  • David Fogel
    Trustee
    Village of Freeville
    Tompkins County
  • Doug Foster
    Trustee
    Village of Nyack
    Rockland County
  • David A. Franczyk
    Councilmember
    City of Buffalo
    Erie County
  • Marcy Frey
    Trustee
    Village of Macedon
    Wayne County
  • Gary Frisk
    Trustee
    Village of Belmont
    Allegany County
  • Sonya Furness
    Town Clerk
    Town of Augusta
    Oneida County
  • Diane Gallo
    Trustee
    Village of Gilbertsville
    Otsego County
  • James M. Gaughan
    Mayor
    Village of Altamont
    Albany County
  • James F. Gennaro
    Councilmember
    City of New York City
    Queens County
  • Wayland A. Gladstone
    Councilmember
    Town of Andes
    Delaware County
  • Jim Goldstein
    Supervisor
    Town of Lebanon
    Madison County
  • Dorothy Goosby
    Councilmember
    Town of Hempstead
    Nassau County
  • Manna Jo Greene
    Councilmember
    Town of Rosendale
    Ulster County
  • Dick Griffo
    Councilmember
    Town of Camillus
    Onondaga County
  • Matt Haag
    Councilmember-at-Large
    City of Rochester
    Monroe County
  • William R. Hanauer
    Mayor
    Village of Ossining
    Westchester County
  • Gary M. Hartman
    Legislator
    Herkimer County
  • Tom Hasbrouck
    Councilmember
    Town of Liberty
    Sullivan County
  • Kathy Luz Herrera
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Thomas Hoffay
    Councilmember
    City of Kingston
    Ulster County
  • Jay Hood Jr.
    Legislator
    Rockland County
  • Nahmin Horwitz
    Councilmember
    Town of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Tee-Ann Hunter
    Councilmember
    Town of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • John Jablonski III
    Trustee
    Village of Lakewood
    Chautauqua County
  • Letitia James
    Councilmember
    City of New York
    Kings County
  • Bruce Johnson
    Councilmember
    Town of Clay
    Onondaga County
  • Kathleen Joy
    Councilmember
    City of Syracuse
    Onondaga County
  • Jeff Katz
    Mayor
    Village of Cooperstown
    Otsego County
  • Langhorne Keith
    Councilmember
    Town of Otsego
    Otsego County
  • James Kemp
    Councilmember
    Town of Genesee Falls
    Wyoming County
  • Jennifer Keys
    Trustee
    Village of Le Roy
    Genesee County
  • Raymond P. King
    Trustee
    Village of Silver Springs
    Wyoming County
  • Robert Koenig
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Anton Konev*
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Gary Koutnik
    County Representative
    Otsego County
  • John Kudlack
    Councilmember
    Town of Rensselaerville
    Albany County
  • Jean Lacey
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of Lima
    Livingston County
  • Hilda Lando
    Councilmember
    City of Corning
    Steuben County
  • Richard Larsen
    Councilmember
    City of Geneva
    Ontario County
  • Rod J. Lauzon
    Supervisor
    Town of Westville
    Franklin County
  • Norman Leach
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Berndt Leifeld
    Supervisor
    Town of Olive
    Ulster County
  • Edward J. Lemieux, Sr.
    Supervisor
    Town of Duane
    Franklin County
  • Chuck Lesnick
    City Council President
    City of Yonkers
    Westchester County
  • Ann Lindau
    Councilmember
    Town of Cortlandt
    Westchester County
  • Michael J. LoCurto
    Councilmember
    City of Buffalo
    Erie County
  • Mary Jo Long*
    Councilmember
    Town of Afton
    Chenango County
  • Mike Lynch
    Councilmember
    City of Oneonta
    Otsego County
  • Daniel Mackay
    Councilmember
    Town of New Scotland
    Albany County
  • Cattherine Magarelli
    Councilmember
    Town of Woodstock
    Ulster County
  • Brenda Mallaber
    Councilmember
    Town of Otto
    Cattaraugus County
  • Jeffrey Mangus
    Councilmember
    Town of Hector
    Schuyler County
  • Tom Mansfield
    Supervisor
    Town of Alfred
    Allegany County
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito
    Council Member
    City of New York
    New York County
  • David Marston
    Alderperson
    City of Hudson
    Columbia County
  • Thomas J. Mazur
    Legislator
    Erie County
  • John T. McDonald III*
    Mayor
    City of Cohoes
    Albany County
  • G. Wayne McIlroy
    President
    Village of Carthage
    Jefferson County
  • Larraine McNulty
    Boardmember
    Town of Plainfield
    Otsego County
  • Joseph L. Meyers
    Legislator
    Rockland County
    Kevin Millar
    Mayor
    Village of Owego
    Tioga County
  • Richard Milne
    Mayor
    Village of Honeoye Falls
    Monroe County
  • William Moehle
    Supervisor
    Town of Brighton
    Monroe County
  • Donald Moore
    Common Council President
    City of Hudson
    Columbia County
  • Laura Morris
    Trustee
    Village of Pelham
    Westchester County
  • Shawn Mulligan
    Highway Superintendent
    Town of Otsego
    Otsego County
  • Rich Murphy
    County Representative
    Otsego County
  • Shirley Musson
    Mayor
    Village of Gilbertsville
    Otsego County
  • Michael Newell
    Mayor
    Village of Morris
    Otsego County
  • Joan M. Nicols
    Trustee
    Village of Cooperstown
    Otsego County
  • Michael O’Brien
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • John O’Neill
    Trustee
    Village of Lansing
    Tompkins County
  • Alan Ominsky
    Trustee
    Village of Aurora
    Cayuga County
  • Daniel Paddock
    Councilmember
    Town of Middlesex
    Yates County
  • Emil Paparella
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Peter Parsons
    Supervisor
    Town of Lewisboro
    Westchester County
  • Dave Pendergast
    Trustee
    Village of Phoenix
    Oswego County
  • Gerald Pietraszek
    Councilmember
    Town of Colden
    Erie County
  • Peter R. Porcino
    Mayor
    Village of Ardsley
    Westchester County
  • Casey Powers
    Councilmember
    Town of Newfield
    Tompkins County
  • John C. Proud
    Councilmember
    Town of Cortlandville
    Cortland County
  • Linda Puglisi
    Supervisor
    Town of Cortlandt
    Westchester County
  • Stephen Quigley
    Trustee
    Village of Tuckahoe
    Westchester County
  • Nadia Rajsz
    Supervisor
    Town of Lumberland
    Sullivan County
  • Virginia Rasmussen
    Trustee
    Village of Alfred
    Allegany County
  • Andrea Reynosa
    Councilmember
    Town of Tusten
    Sullivan County
  • Kathleen Riesenberger
    Councilmember
    Town of Naples
    Ontario County
  • William J. Rivera
    Councilmember
    City of Dunkirk
    Chautauqua County
  • Brian Robison
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Hector Rodriguez
    Legislator
    Ulster County
  • Helen T. Rose
    Legislator
    Herkimer County
  • Vincent Rossillo
    Trustee
    Village of Dobbs Ferry
    Westchester County
  • Tony Russo
    Councilmember
    Town of Marbletown
    Ulster County
  • Michael Sabatino
    Councilmember
    City of Yonkers
    Westchester County
  • Thomas Salamone
    Board Member
    School District of Minisink Valley
    Orange County
  • James Sano*
    Councilmember
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Mary E. Scharf
    Councilmember
    Town of Malone
    Franklin County
  • Patrick Schrader
    Alderperson
    City of Lockport
    Niagara County
  • Irene Scruton
    Councilmember
    Town of DeWitt
    Onondaga County
  • Kathleen Sergio
    Councilmember
    Town of Rochester
    Ulster County
  • Richard Shea
    Supervisor
    Town of Philipstown
    Putnam County
  • Nathan Shinagawa
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Michael S. Simon
    Councilmember
    Town of Wales
    Erie County
  • Dennis M. Siry
    Trustee
    Village of Amityville
    Suffolk County
  • Tim Slisz
    Trustee
    Village of Fairport
    Monroe County
  • Demone A. Smith
    Councilmember
    City of Buffalo
    Erie County
  • Aaron Snow
    Councilmember
    Town of Caroline
    Tompkins County
  • Donald Spaulding*
    Legislator
    Cortland County
  • Diane Spiak-Pisanelli*
    Councilmember
    City of Beacon
    Dutchess County
  • Robert A. Stanley
    Supervisor
    Town of Shandaken
    Ulster County
  • Paul Stein
    Councilmember
    Town of Pittsfield
    Otsego County
  • John P. Stephens
    Mayor
    Village of Illion
    Herkimer County
  • Paula J. Stockman
    Legislator
    Cattaraugus County
    Katherine Stuligross
    County Representative
    Otsego County
  • Mary Ann Sumner
    Supervisor
    Town of Dryden
    Tompkins County
  • Katharine M. Swibold
    Board Member
    School District of Tarrytown
    Westchester County
  • Gus Taft
    Deputy Supervisor
    Town of Sterling
    Cayuga County
  • Marie Taylor
    Trustee
    Village of Aurora
    Cayuga County
  • Paulette Terwilliger
    Town Clerk
    Town of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Terry L. Thielen
    Mayor
    Village of Upper Brookville
    Nassau County
  • Brian Tobin
    Mayor
    City of Cortland
    Cortland County
  • Daniel Torres
    Board of Education Trustee
    City School District of New Paltz
    Ulster County
  • John Troy
    Legislator
    Cortland County
  • Patrick M. Tyksinski
    Supervisor
    Town of New Hartford
    Oneida County
  • Sue Vaccaro
    Clerk
    Town of Tully
    Onondaga County
  • Beverly Van Deusen
    Trustee
    Village of Youngstown
    Niagara County
  • Lynn Varney
    Councilmember
    Town of Perrysburg
    Cattaraugus County
  • Kathleen Vetter
    Legislator
    Sullivan County
  • Constance Walker
    Councilmember
    Town of Yorkshire
  • Cattaraugus County
    Steven Washburn
    Trustee
    Village of Sandy Creek
    Oswego County
  • Debra Watkins
    Trustee
    Village of Trumansburg
    Tompkins County
  • L. John Webster
    Supervisor
    Town of Urbana
    Steuben County
  • Irene Weiser
    Councilmember
    Town of Caroline
    Tompkins County
  • Charlene Wells
    Clerk & Tax Collector
    Town of New Lisbon
    Otsego County
  • Burt West
    Councilmember
    Town of Windsor
    Broome County
  • Tobias Whitaker
    Councilmember
    Town of Sidney
    Delaware County
  • Bruce C. Widrick
    Mayor
    Village of Croghan
    Lewis County
  • Monica Williams
    Legislator
    Onondaga County
  • Kenneth Wishnick
    Legislator
    Ulster County
  • Aiden H. Wolfe
    Legislator
    Rockland County
  • Daniel V. Woolaver
    Councilmember
    Town of Rush
    Monroe County
  • Lydia A. Wright
    Councilmember
    Town of Brighton
    Franklin County
  • Charles Yonko Jr.
    Trustee
    Village of Tully
    Onondaga County
  • James A. Zecca
    Councilmember
    City of Utica
    Oneida County
  • Robert T. Aiello
    Legislator
    Ulster County
  • Robert Anderson Jr.
    Councilmember
    City of Niagara Falls
    Niagara County
  • David Arcara
    Councilmember
    Town of Colden
    Erie County
  • Kathie Arnold*
    Legislator
    Cortland County
  • Jacqueline Augustine
    Councilmember
    City of Geneva
    Ontario County
  • Julie Baker
    Trustee
    Village of Lansing
    Tompkins County
  • Clayton Barnard
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of Bloomfield
    Ontario County
  • Roy Barriere
    Supervisor
    Town of Enfield
    Tompkins County
  • Doris Bartlett
    Councilmember
    Town of Shandaken
    Ulster County
  • Richard Becker
    Councilmember
    Town of Cortlandt
    Westchester County
  • Bonnie Bennett
    Mayor
    Village of Aurora
    Cayuga County
  • Khalid Bey
    Councilmember
    City of Syracuse
    Onondaga County
  • Kevin Biggs
    Trustee
    Village of East Aurora
    Erie County
  • Eric P. Blaha
    Councilmember
    Town of Ossining
    Westchester County
  • William Blanco
    Councilmember
    Town of Middlefield
    Otsego County
  • Brian Booth
    Councilmember
    Town of Red House
    Cattaraugus County
  • Bradley Bowden
    Trustee
    Village of Alfred
    Allegany County
  • Brian McDonnell
    Councilmember
    Town of Brighton
    Franklin County
  • Sharon A. Brockman
    Assessor
    Town of Eden
    Erie County
  • Edward T. Bucciero
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Doug Bullock
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • Daniel J Burke
    Councilmember
    Town of Monroe
    Orange County
  • Stanley W. Buzzell
    Councilmember
    Town of Champion
    Jefferson County
  • Bruce D. Campbell
    Trustee
    Village of Cold Spring
    Putnam County
  • Frank Capozza*
    Trustee
    Village of Cooperstown
    Otsego County
  • Lotte Carpenter
    Mayor
    Village of Freeville
    Tompkins County
  • Christopher Case
    Councilor
    City of Plattsburgh
    Clinton County
  • Glenn Choolokian
    Councilmember
    City of Niagara Falls
    Niagara County
  • Joseph A. Cirasuolo
    Councilmember
    Town of Whitestown
    Oneida County
  • Bryan Clenahan
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • William “Bill” Coffin
    Trustee
    Village of Tully
    Onondaga County
  • Miranda Collin
    Councilmember
    Town of Genesee Falls
    Wyoming County
  • Elizabeth Conger
    Trustee
    Village of Groton
    Tompkins County
  • Rose Ann Convertino
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • William Copperwheat Jr.
    Councilmember
    Town of Whitestown
    Oneida County
  • Mark Cornwell
    Councilmember
    Town of Cherry Valley
    Otsego County
  • Robert Cox
    Councilmember
    Town of Benson
    Hamilton County
  • Henry A. Crofoot
    Supervisor
    Town of Fairfield
    Herkimer County
  • James D’Onofrio
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Chad Davis
    Legislator
    Village of Clinton
    Oneida County
  • Kasey DeBeer
    Trustee
    Village of Brushton
    Franklin County
  • Jim Dennis
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Joseph P. Diamond
    Trustee
    Village of Upper Nyack
    Rockland County
  • Louis DiMarco
    Councilmember
    City of Rome
    Oneida County
  • Thomas Dolan
    Council Member
    Town of Coeymans
    Albany County
  • Brenda Donohue
    Supervisor
    Town of Conesus
    Livingston County
  • James Doring
    Supervisor
    Town of Preble
    Cortland County
  • James R. Doxsey*
    Legislator
    Dutchess County
  • Margaret Duff
    Trustee
    Village of Geneseo
    Livingston County
  • Kenneth Dye
    Alderperson
    City of Cortland
    Cortland County
  • Charles Eckelmann
    Supervisor
    Town of Butternuts
    Otsego County
  • Cheryl Ellis
    Councilmember
    Town of Leon
    Cattaraugus County
  • Leif Engstrom
    Chief City Auditor
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Eileen Falk
    Councilmember
    Town of Tusten
    Sullivan County
  • Francis Farrell
    Councilmember
    Town of Cortlandt
    Westchester County
  • Bruce R Ferguson
    Councilmember
    Town of Champion
    Jefferson County
  • Michael Finberg
    Deputy Supervisor
    Town of Middletown
    Delaware County
  • Drew Fixell
    Mayor
    Village of Tarrytown
    Westchester County
  • Richard Fontana
    Councilmember
    City of Buffalo
    Erie County
  • Mary Foster
    Mayor
    City of Peekskill
    Westchester County
  • Denise Frangipane
    Councilmember
    Town of Bethel
    Sullivan County
  • Bernard Frezza
    Trustee
    Village of Carthage
    Jefferson County
  • Dominic Frongillo
    Former Councilmember and Deputy Supervisor
    Town of Caroline
    Tompkins County
  • Samuel Gainfort
    Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners
    Fire District of South New Berlin Fire District
    Chenango County
  • Jean Gallucci
    Councilmember
    Town of New Paltz
    Ulster County
  • Victoria Gearity
    Trustee
    Village of Ossining
    Westchester County
  • Charles R. Gibbs II
    Supervisor
    Town of Whitestown
    Oneida County
  • Lyndon Glazier
    Trustee
    Village of Lacona
    Oswego County
  • Joseph Golombek, Jr.
    Councilmember
    City of Buffalo
    Erie County
  • David Gordon
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Elizabeth L. Greenwood
    Mayor
    Village of Tully
    Onondaga County
  • Karol Ann Grimm
    Councilmember
    Town of Minden
    Montgomery County
  • Donald Hackett
    Trustee
    Village of Saugerties
    Ulster County
  • William Hansen
    Councilmember
    Town of Davenport
    Delaware County
  • Thomas Hartnett
    Legislator
    Cortland County
  • Stephanie Hauser
    Councilmember
    Town of Clarkstown
    Rockland County
  • Teresa Hewitt
    Councilmember
    Town of Yorkshire
    Cattaraugus County
  • Annie Hoffman
    Supervisor
    Town of Colden
    Erie County
  • Ruth Hopkins
    Councilmember
    Town of Lansing
    Tompkins County
  • Jame Hotchkiss
    Deputy Mayor
    Village of Mexico
    Oswego County
  • Julie Huntsman
    Councilmember
    Town of Otsego
    Otsego County
  • Chris Jackson
    Councilor
    City of Plattsburgh
    Clinton County
  • Joanne James
    Councilmember
    Town of Newfield
    Tompkins County
  • Christopher Johnson
    Councilmember
    City of Yonkers
    Westchester County
  • Raymond Joyce
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • Stephen Keefe
    Mayor
    Village of Fredonia
    Chautauqua County
  • Kathleen J. Kellogg
    Councilmember
    Town of Farmersville
    Cattaraugus County
  • David Kerness
    Board Member
    Town of Ulysses
    Tompkins County
  • Dooley Kiefer
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Noelle Kinsch
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • David Koenigsberg
    Trustee
    Village of Dobbs Ferry
    Westchester County
  • Lynn Kopka
    City Council President
    City of Troy
    Rensselaer County
  • Walter Kowalczyk
    Councilmember
    Town of Perth
    Fulton County
  • Cindy Kurpil Gieger
    Legislator
    Sullivan County
  • Edward LaCroix
    Councilmember
    Town of Great Valley
    Cattaraugus County
  • Mike Lane
    County Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Shirley Lasker
    Deputy Supervisor and Councilmember
    Town of Clarkstown
    Rockland County
  • Paul Lauzon
    Councilmember
    Town of Ft. Covington
    Franklin County
  • Pat Leary
    Councilmember
    Town of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Jason Leifer
    Councilmember
    Town of Dryden
    Tompkins County
  • Lorena Lenard
    Councilmember
    Town of Sangerfield
    Oneida County
  • Joe Leto
    Councilmember
    Town of Livingston
    Columbia County
  • Richard Lindsay
    Councilmember
    Town of Fairfield
    Herkimer County
  • Jeff Logan
    Councilmember
    Town of New Paltz
    Ulster County
  • James Loomis
    Trustee
    Village of Van Etten
    Chemung County
  • Bruce T. Lyon
    Mayor
    Village of Dolgeville
    Herkimer County
  • Pam Mackesey
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Sandra Magiera
    Council President
    City of Salamanca
    Cattaraugus County
  • Laura Gray Malloy
    Councilmember
    Town of Laurens
    Otsego County
  • Sandra Manko
    Supervisor
    Town of Sharon
    Schoharie County
  • George Mansfield
    Councilmember-at-Large
    City of Beacon
    Dutchess County
  • Guy R. Marlette
    Councilmember
    Town of Amherst
    Erie County
  • Anne Mattice-Strauch
    Councilmember
    Town of Blenheim
    Schoharie County
  • Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
    Legislator
    Tompkins County
  • Julie McDonnell
    Councilmember
    Town of Niskayuna
    Schenectady County
  • Amber McKernan
    Councilmember
    Town of Brighton
    Franklin County
  • Iris Mead
    Trustee
    Village of Margaretville
    Delaware County
  • Ed Michalenko, Ph.D.
    Supervisor
    Town of DeWitt
    Onondaga County
  • Margorie A. Miller
    Supervisor
    Town of Middletown
    Delaware County
  • Gene Milone
    Supervisor and Service Officer
    Town of Schoharie
    Schoharie County
  • Deborah Mohlenhoff
    Alderperson
    City of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Glenn Morey
    Supervisor
    Town of Groton
    Tompkins County
  • Mark Morris
    Legislator
    Yates County
  • Stephen Mulvaney
    Highway Superintendent
    Town of Moravia
    Cayuga County
  • Mary Beth Murphy
    Supervisor
    Town of Somers
    Westchester County
  • Judy Myers
    Legislator
    Westchester County
  • Tim Nichols
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • Bruce Nodine
    Highway Superintendent
    Town of Sempronius
    Cayuga County
    Joseph E. O’Brien
    Legislator
    Albany County
  • Kristy O’Shaughnessy
    Clerk
    Village of Carthage
    Jefferson County
  • Jacklyn Ortiz
    Councilmember-at-Large
    City of Rochester
    Monroe County
  • John J. Padlo
    Legislator
    Cattaraugus County
  • Laura Paquin
    Councilmember
    Town of Duane
    Franklin County
  • Sara Pasti
    Councilmember
    City of Beacon
    Dutchess County
  • Rich Perkins
    Legislator
    Dutchess County
  • Daniel Poellot
    Trustee
    Village of Tully
    Onondaga County
  • Stephanie Potter
    Board Member
    Town of Truxton
    Cortland County
  • Robert Price
    Councilmember
    Town of Fairfield
    Herkimer County
  • Chris Proulx
    Councilmember
    City of Ithaca
    Tompkins County
  • Diane Pusateri
    Trustee
    Village of Churchville
    Monroe County
  • Michael Quill
    Mayor
    City of Auburn
    Cayuga County
  • Kate Ramkissoon
    Alderperson
    City of Middletown
    Orange County
  • Howard J. Regner
    Legislator
    Oneida County
  • Justin Riccobono*
    Councilmember-at-Large
    City of Beacon
    Dutchess County
  • Darren Rigger
    Councilmember
    City of Peekskill
    Westchester County
  • David A. Rivera
    Councilmember
    City of Buffalo
    Erie County
  • Ronal L. Rocco
    Councilmember
    Town of Cortlandville
    Cortland County
  • Kimberly Rogers
    Councilmember
    City of Rome
    Oneida County
  • Deborah Rose
    Councilmember
    City of New York
    Richmond County
  • Tracy Rozanski
    Councilmember
    Town of Perry
    Wyoming County
  • William J. Ryan
    Legislator
    Westchester County
  • Ashok Sabnis
    Alderperson
    City of Middletown
    Orange County
  • James F. Salanger
    Councilmember
    Town of Camillus
    Onondaga County
  • Susan Sauvageau
    Councilmember
    Town of Seneca Falls
    Seneca County
  • Jonathan Schneider
    Councilmember
    Town of Carmel
    Putnam County
  • Loretta C. Scott
    Councilmember
    City of Rochester
    Monroe County
  • Amanda Scully
    Councilmember
    Town of Highland
    Sullivan County
  • Willis H. Shaw
    Councilmember
    Town of Conewango
    Cattaraugus County
  • Kathy M. Sheehan
    Mayor
    City of Albany
    Albany County
  • Peter Shrope
    Supervisor
    Town of Brighton
    Franklin County
  • Merton Simpson
    Legislator
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    Trustee
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    Trustee
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NY – Wake Up! You are getting f*cked!

March 10, 2014

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First sections of Constitution Pipeline arrive in New York. Click photos to enlarge.

http://constitutionpipeline.com/news/

BEWARE the Land Agents !!!!!!

Will I be notified if the proposed pipeline might affect my property?

Yes. Landowners whose property may be affected by the proposed route will be contacted by a Constitution Pipeline land representative requesting permission for company representatives to conduct various surveys on their property. All potentially affected landowners will receive information from FERC and from Constitution Pipeline advising that their property may be affected by the pipeline project. It will also include the dates and locations of public meetings and instructions for obtaining more information.

secrets in the BadLands

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English: The badlands of Hell’s Half-Acre in Natrona County, Wyoming. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Halliburton needs protection!  OMG ! Wyoming, O Wyoming O Halliburton

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/wyoming-fracking-chemical-lawsuit_n_2950013.html

Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking has ruled that Wyoming’s state oil and gas supervisor was correct to withhold the ingredient lists as protected trade secrets.

Attorneys for Wyoming and oilfield services company Halliburton argued that public disclosure could allow competing companies to reverse-engineer fracking fluids.

some background:  http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Wyoming-judge-hears-fracking-disclosure-case,84610?category_id=82&sub_type=stories,maps

“In 2010, Wyoming became one of the first states to require companies to tell its Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regulators the ingredients in the fracking chemical products they use. Environmentalists praised the new rules, but companies soon began to seek trade secret exemptions that prevent public disclosure of the constituent ingredients.”

“Commission staff often rubber-stamped the trade secret requests with little regard to whether they were justified on consistent grounds, Preso argued.

“Clearly there are some important proprietary interests. We’re not saying there are not,” he said. The commission staff needs to make certain, however, that companies have provided enough specific information to justify withholding the ingredients from the public, he said.

Wilking asked Easton how landowners should conduct baseline contamination tests when they don’t know which specific chemicals to test for in their groundwater. Easton said it was a “tough question” but a landowner could order a generic test of contaminants.

“You could run a priority pollutants screen,” agreed Steven Leifer, a Halliburton attorney who argued on the state’s side  “If somebody wants to test for hazardous substances, they could certainly do it.”

And…

Casper judge rules fracking ingredients are trade secrets

Mo’ Money – 31 Million Dollars

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Do these guys & gals think they are invisible?  How utterly shameless are they?  Well, I guess 31 million dollars IS a lot of money, after all, and we all know how these senators like their golf, and their whatevers, or maybe it’s just the POWER – is this supposed to make the rest of us feel unattended to?

I am personally embarrassed, in a collective way,  for these people.  You can look up Your Senator here to see the detailed $ amount of their pathetic betrayal.

From Oil Change International:

“Senators Supporting KXL Took Nearly $31 Million From Fossil Fuel Industry Before Vote

Average KXL Supporter has Taken 3.5 Times More Money from Industry Than Non-Supporters

Washington, DC– New analysis today from Oil Change International reveals that supporters of the just-passed non-binding Keystone XL pipeline amendment received 3.5 times more in campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests than those voting “no”. In total, researchers found that supporters took an average of $499,648 from the industry before voting for the pipeline, for a staggering total of $30,978,153.”

The specifics, again thanks to Oil Change International: 

In total, co-sponsors of this amendment have pulled in a total haul of over $8 million dollars from the fossil fuel industry.  Non-partisan greed.

Co-sponsors’s dirty energy money ties:

  • Senator Hoeven R-ND has received more than $421,000 from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Baucus D-MT has received more than $680,000 from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Cornyn R-TX has received more than $2.1 MILLION from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Manchin D-WV has received more than $1 MILLION from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Roberts R-KS has received more than $400,000 from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Heitkamp D-ND has received $47,450 from fossil fuel interests (in just one Senate race in a small state)
  • Senator Barrasso R-WY has received more than $819,000 from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Landrieu D-LA has received more than $1.25 MILLION from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Murkowski R-AK has received more than $1.04 MILLION from fossil fuel interests
  • Senator Begich D-AK has received more than $212,000 from fossil fuel interests (in just one Senate race)

IMHO, they should all be ashamed.    And we should be ashamed for letting this happen.

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today is cold, but sunny…the nation rises and spring brings renewed resolve –  communities gather, educate themselves and mobilize.  Ohio wakes up, refusing to harbor waste water that NOBODY should have to harbor.  Thanks to Ecowatch,  the collection of news and events are coalescing into a very big, very angry, sincerely motivated, visible and vocal  organism –  these are citizens at work to protect what is precious – water, air, freedom and knowledge.

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Pennsylvania–  List of the Harmed keeps growing

Illinois –  Legal Moratorium Proposed

MarylandBaltimore says NO 

Colorado – “sometimes democracy still works in America

note: I want to understand the non-disclosure issue – what are the consequences of violation when human health is at stake?

 

Zen War – A Quality Issue

upstate1000x400I have not written much of my own on this site.  There has been so much going on, I needed a place to just keep track of it all, or as much as I could cover by googling and pasting links.  But now, I will take a breath, and speak my thoughts.

First, I really wonder how far my head was up my ass to have become aware so late of this fracking issue, or really, the energy solution defined by this rabid quest for the 300 million year old stuff (shale) the earth has distributed across the globe, including our once-beautiful  land.  We are a culture well-immunized against conscience…

I have seen the No Fracking signs posted on neighbors yards – I did not even wonder, so full was I of concern for my schedule, running around, working, worried about my job, cleaning out the barn.   I only became aware when a friend asked me for help.   It took a-hold of me, this issue.  It seems so much more important than anything else.

I remember driving across the country, several times, traversing thru the south, the middle and the north.  Long trips on blue highways, avoiding as much as possible the interstates.   I saw rolling waves of grain, like the song says.  I saw moose and deer right on the road, cautiously casting a look at my slowly approaching car.  Marvelous spaces, wonderful towns, mysterious and moving vistas… If I was religious, I’d say God was especially kind in the gifts to this land, including it’s people.   My sadness wells at the abuses we (yes we)  have  committed, in the quest for money.

So, I became voracious in trying to understand this issue – it seems such an assault on our land, and seems to have such brutal consequences to our farms, homes, animals and families, especially because they are not able to escape.  A river cannot pick itself up and move to Switzerland.  The farm animals cannot buy airline tickets to the peaceful plains of some other place.  This is our home.

Some even in my own family say “It brings Jobs” like that is the reason it’s OK.  It’s not OK.   There is no amount of money that can replace what has been destroyed.   It cannot be about money.  Nothing ever is good when it’s just about money.

And so, it becomes war.  Someone wants something, and takes it.  To make it Legal Theft, laws have been changed.  Those laws that have not been changed are ignored by those charged with upholding them.  The system is corrupt.   Not being a trained warrior, I wanted to see how it is possible to fight for a just cause, with any hope.  Thus the Art of War.   I became a researcher.  I want to understand the enemy.  I know they are the enemy because they want to steal what I have, and it isn’t worth much until they want it.   But I have seen how many people feel the same way, we feel this is a just effort, not motivated by money, and mostly truly scared for our future.

There is an abundance of evidence of corruption, collusion, ineptitude, ignorance, greed, criminal behavior, bribery, bullying, name-calling –  masterful blows inflicted by deception, laziness, and bigotry – the enemy has employed all the above.

And so I call them out.  The people responsible for this travesty will be named.  It is war.  There are legions of newly armed warriors as well as seasoned veterans, of all stripes.   All victims, some came because they were deceived, some came because they know we are being deceived, all came because we cannot sell the soul of this land for money.   We are a powerful force, and there is still a chance we will prevail.

But we must be smart.  We must understand the enemy, his weapons, his strategy.  I am using the universal ‘his’ – no gender intended.

All I really know about abuse is that you first must recognize it – if you name it, call it what it is, study it’s motives and methods, realize it’s not personal,  stop blaming yourself, and get angry without losing compassion, which tempers action, you can return to sanity, and prevail against future abuse.

We’ve begged, are still begging, we’ve been mostly polite, mostly played by the rules…the enemy has not.  They operate in secret, making deals, paying bribes.  It is war.  They have money, and want more. They lie.   So many lies, so much corruption.  It boggles the mind.

Quality – a word that means something  important in this issue.  Quality of life, of spirit, of relationship, of conversation, of reason, of trust.  It sounds lofty, but it is something we all say we strive for, even the enemy says if they win, the Quality of Life will improve.   They lie.  It is war.