November 5, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 5, 2012


---- — Malone dissolution

TO THE EDITOR: A “yes” vote to dissolve the village of Malone is necessary to protect our community from further deterioration and for our own financial security.

Excessive village taxes have driven homeowners and businesses from our village, decreasing our home values, and are an unnecessary financial burden.

Our Village Police Department is the major cause of the excessive high village taxes, consuming nearly half of our village taxes. An average $75,000 assessed homeowner pays $680 a year for Village Police protection, according to the dissolving study committee.

No one likes to cut anyone’s position, but we can no longer afford or need the Village Police service. Without them, village residents will be confident in the same excellent State Police protection that town residents are so at ease with

A “yes” vote to dissolve the Village of Malone is a win/win vote for village residents. Vote to dissolve the village, and the Village Police is eliminated. If later we see the State Police protection is inadequate, as those with interest in maintaining the village want you to believe, the town can create a townwide police department. The cost of this would then be shared with town residents.

With the elimination of village, the average $75,000 assessed homeowner will save more than $1,000 a year, ($680 police protection and $330 additional saving according to the dissolving committee report), this all while retaining the same services, perhaps some even better than before. Businesses will once again locate downtown, and people will want to move back to the village, increasing our home values.

This is, without a doubt, the most important vote you will ever be given the opportunity to make. Vote yes to dissolve the village of Malone




Law obsolete

TO THE EDITOR: Gov. Cuomo’s recent tour of state-funded projects in the North Country was a welcome reaffirmation of his administration’s commitment to economic development.

However, many of the projects the governor touted, such as rebuilding the Strand Theater, will cost more because of an outdated and unnecessary law.

The law is called Labor Law 240, also known as the “Scaffold Law,” and it automatically holds contractors and property owners fully liable in lawsuits for elevation-related accidents, even if the employee was intoxicated or ignoring safety training.

So if employees come to work drunk and hurt themselves, the employer or property owner is liable. New York is the only state in the nation to still have such a law, and because of it, much of the state’s investment in the North Country will be wasted

Labor Law 240 is the reason construction insurance rates in New York are the highest in the nation by over 300 percent, which drives up the cost of public and private development and keeps firms from hiring new workers.

In many cases, companies have been forced to lay off workers or turn down projects because of liability costs. And consumers pay for those higher insurance rates. Estimates suggest the Scaffold Law adds about $10,000 to the cost of building just one new home in New York.

How can New York rebuild if we can’t afford the cost of construction? The governor’s commitment to the North County is admirable, but the region needs jobs and investment after the state’s economic development dollars have run out. Reforming the Scaffold Law would provide continued and sustainable benefits, at no cost to taxpayers. It’s time to fix this law once and for all.


Executive director

Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York


Therapy dog

TO THE EDITOR: On Thursday, Oct. 11, Sasha, the therapy dog, passed from this life to a heavenly one.

The 11-year-old German Shepard and her owner/mother, Patricia Perry, were regular Sunday morning visitors to CVPH Medical Center, brightening the day for both young and old, patients and families. Sasha was always willing to dress for any occasion and led the hospital’s Halloween parade for many years. She also donned bunny ears and a tail for the children’s Easter egg hunt on the hospital lawn.

Certified through Therapy Dogs of Vermont, Sasha and Pat attended the Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs event every year to promote the work of TDV. In 2011, she took the grand prize, dressed as part of a Native American village with the help of two young friends.

Just weeks before being diagnosed with cancer, she participated in this year’s event, winning second place in the Olympic sport category.

On many occasions, Pat and Sasha would fulfill special requests to visit people in nursing and hospice homes. Last year, they made several trips to Vermont to visit a terminal patient who once had a shepard and wanted to see one for the final time.

Although Sasha always received quality care from Champlain Valley Veterinary Services, she developed an incurable blood vessel cancer. It took great strength and deep love for Pat to let her go.




Human Ribbon

TO THE EDITOR: On Oct. 13, to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the second-annual Human Pink Ribbon Event was held.

On behalf of the Clinton County Cancer Services Program and Think Pink Committee, we would like to thank all of those who attended and made the event a huge success. The weather was great, and the turnout was even better; a total of 260 individuals helped to form the Human Pink Ribbon. 

We would like to thank CVPH Medical Center for allowing the event to take place there for the second year in a row, as well providing the hot cocoa and coffee.

We’d also like to thank the following businesses who donated either their time, refreshments or prizes to the event: Rambach’s Bakery, Chazy Orchards, CVPH Gift Shop, Texas Roadhouse, Good Guys Convenience Store, Applebee’s, Hannaford’s, Colour’s Salon, Michigan’s Plus, Sam’s Club, Zachary’s Pizza and Koffee Kat.

Thank you to our Guardians of the Ribbon friends for partnering up with us and providing the pink fire truck.

Lastly, thank you to the Think Pink Committee members and volunteers who worked so hard to put the event together and raise awareness about the importance of breast-cancer screenings.

It is our hope that the number of women screened for breast cancer increases. Early detection saves lives. Please contact your provider if you are due for a screening. If you have no health insurance, please call the Clinton County Cancer Services Program at 562-7112 to see if you may be eligible for a free breast-cancer screening.


Clinton County Cancer Services Program

Think Pink Committee 


Water protection

TO THE EDITOR: Oct. 18, 2012, marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and we have a lot to celebrate

.Forty years ago, corporate polluters used our waterways as their personal sewers. Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so polluted it repeatedly caught on fire. The Hudson River and Long Island Sound were in much worse shape than they are today.

We have come a long way from rivers catching on fire, but today our waterways face a new set of problems.

Here in New York, 87 percent of our streams may no longer be protected from pollution under the Clean Water Act, putting the drinking water of more than 11 million New Yorkers at risk.

Let’s build on 40 years of progress. It’s time for EPA to restore Clean Water protections to all streams, set limits on pollution for factory farms and protect our drinking water from fracking.


Field organizer

Environment New York