With the Jefferson County Legislature continually kicking the can down the road on the Wind Pilot for Galloo Island, a group opposed to wind towers is on the air with commmercials.
www.PreservetheGoldenCrescent.com has a commercial claiming the ruination of our bucolic St. Lawrence River lifestyle if Big Wind is allowed to continue with plans for large publicly subsidized wind farms on Galloo Island and on areas near Cape Vincent.
Because these projects have been proceeding so far on the backs of other taxpayers in the county, there is leverage to halt the County Legislature from approving massive giveaways of sales and property tax revenues. Among those on the griddle are District 9 Legislator Barry Ormsby in whose district the Galloo Island project lies. Ormsby also is being vetted by the GOP as a possible State Senate candidate.
If approved the PILOT has its beneficiaries, including a handful of local towns and school districts as well as $1.2million to the JCIDA to "administer" the PILOT over the next 20 years.
With their next election two years away and the fact that nobody ever runs in most districts, County Legislators likely need not worry about their political future....Nonetheless the wind issue pits many in politics against many of their friends who own summer homes on the Lake and River and who oppose wind turbines in their field of view.
A recent local election in Cape Vincent which elected an anti-wind resident as supervisor is the shot across the bow to nervous lawmakers.