Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WDT: Salt in the Wound....Orleans Spat a Means to an End

     There are a lot of news stories about this matter of salt from a state DOT facility leaking into wells in the Town of Orleans. Now the town supervisor is teed up to continue the criticism of Assemblywoman Addie Russell and Democrats in Albany over the matter.
     Of course the answer is more state money to further urbanize rural living by subsidizing the building of a water line, but it strikes me as a convenient issue to keep whacking the Assemblywoman who the local GOP and the local publisher share a visceral dislike.
     The beneficiary may be nearby as the County Legislator from Orleans, Phil Reed, is the preferred candidate to run against Ms. Russell.
      The town government or residents could file suit, and there are lots of other state officials and agencies who could be blamed, but this is a fight focused on Ms. Russell. Nothing wrong with that, as that's how its done.
       Ms. Russell dodged a political bullet in 2014 over the Safe Act and has since stumbled by being too obsequious in public to leadership like defrocked Speaker Sheldon Silver.
      She has recently reorganized her staff in what is seen as a beefing up of her reelection prospects,
      Other Republicans running for Assembly are Russ Finley and John Byrne, who are out there already but not well liked by the inner sanctum.
       http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/orleans-supervisor-to-russell-get-facts-straight-on-water-project--20160119

20 comments:

Middle-Class Mike said...

Is that the same inner sanctum that ran (C) Russ Finley as a spoiler against John Byrne to ruinhis chances of certain victory last election against Assemblywoman Russell? www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20140911/NEWS03/140919793
Mike Flynn 'Middle Class Mike'

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that when Albany [subsidizes]a waterline, it is not the waterline they are subisdizing. It is the hundreds of thousands worth of Albany mandated "prevailing labor rates" and unnecessary engineering fees that are being subsidized. As well as the DOH useless hoops they make you jump through and public service commission rules to follow.

Just ask Aubertine how dirt cheap and easy it is to install waterlines and run a system, when you don't have to follow Albany mandates.

Also, when the State ruins the groundwater with salt, having the state pay for a new water supply is not subsidizing, its making the landowners somewhat whole.

Maybe if pAddie Ritchie didn't spend all the money on self congratulatory granite monuments in the park, Attie could get some for this waterline. Two freestuff politicians fighting over a limited supply of freestuff.

Anonymous said...

This flareup appears to be no more than a political posturing for the GOP contender whom ever it may be.
Patty Ritchie has done very little for the district on this issue howerver again I notice shes not mentioned in the article.. Patty gets a pass as usual.

Anonymous said...

Well in the Town of Orleans(where Ted lives) was a Democratic stronghold, I guess not so anymore, Addie really picks her spots, Money for this food Pantry(Lafargeville),(Antwerp),(Evans Mills), (Philadelphia)......But none for Theresa where she lives, saw an oddsight yesterday. Addie's child outside with no coat and no hat playing in the snow....seemed odd...

Anonymous said...

About this matter of salt from a state DOT facility leaking into wells in the Town of Orleans is today's news for them.

The Town of Pitcairn in St. Lawrence County has been in the same situation as them and no end in sight for the problem for ten years or more. Nobody talks about it but yet the State of New York buys water every week and appliances that are ruined because of the SALT in their wells.

Good luck to the Town of Orleans and not a Politician in sight to help. The County Government doesn't even know that a town exist except to collect their taxes.

Anonymous said...

"Preferred" candidate, Not by this republican "insider"

Phil barks every two years about running but never bites.

Addie will not lose anyway given a Presidential year

Anonymous said...

She got more money from corrupt Albany and Little Carl for being the good soldier that she is.

Addie's colunteer/supporter 7:34 pipes in as usual to go down and dirty against Patti when the article has nothing to do with Patti.

Anonymous said...

7:00 Not a good example. Aubertine's water line not only ignores State mandates, it violates the Town of Cape Vincent district rules, as well as a number of ethical principles. Aubertine is a good example of what is wrong with politics.

Anonymous said...

Ran Russ Finley as a spoiler? Check your facts Mike. Who was the first announced candidate in that race? John Humphrey, then me, then the Cape Vincent Con Man almost a month later. Explain what a certain victory for this man would have meant? A failed businessman, turned failed politician who puts his own self interests first, by doing whatever Albany tells him to. Which would have only lasted one term, until the Dems destroyed him by exposing his tainted past.
The fact is Byrne is and was a horribly flawed candidate that people just didn't believe in and weren't inspired to vote for. Even when he literally had the race rigged for him. This time it will be the people picking the candidate, not the party!

Anonymous said...

Addie will always be a fully owned NYC maid. Despite completely stupid ideas like the North Country Department Store and continued pandering to the teachers, you will always find her with an apron, willing to do whatever the Albany sleazebags tell her to do. Now that her previous owner, Sheldon Silver is convicted, she will just sign on with another criminal.

Anonymous said...

"Beefing up" her reelection campaign? Addie just reported a campaign fund balance of $138! (That's not a typo...)

Since she is certain to face a well-funded opponent in a John Byrne rematch or a Phil Reed contest, is she gambling that Albany will finally bow to her favored plan of taxpayer-funded political campaigns? Otherwise, I think it's time to turn the lights off on Addie Jenne Russell.

Anonymous said...

8:27 Wow Russ you are a bitter man. Deal you just any chance of getting my support. We need people to govern with a fair temperament. Sad when people are this bitter in life.

Anonymous said...

It's true that Reed puts out there every 2 years that he's thinking of running and then doesn't. One year he did that and no one ended up running against Addie. Was that intentional? One would think he put that out there so no one would take him on - and then he doesn't run.8:27 is right in that the people should pick the candidate in the primary and all GOP chairs should stay out of endorsing anyone until after the primary. But, then again, Donnie Boy and Philly Boy are buds so Donnie will make it happen for his boy Phil.

Anonymous said...

8:27, You're pretty much spot on about Byrne, he could have won easily if he only had something to offer the voters, sadly he does not.

Anonymous said...

It's strange that Addie can get money to replace a culvert on a road in her hometown but tells other areas that she can't get money for water - which is a life necessity.

She gives money for rehabilitating old, run down vacant buildings for people she knows but no money for water ...

I'm not so sure Mr. Reed is the best candidate to run against her. I'm not that impressed with his performance as a Legislator. The county has practically gone through their reserve within the last few years. Our legislator comes to our town meetings and tells us how 'in-the-hole' the county is but they spend money they don't have.

The county gave 7 million (1/2 the final cost) to construct a new building at JCC - why was that necessary? College seemed to make do with what they already had.

County wants to spend over 20+ million on new radio system while making towns and villages buy their own radios (many/mulitiple radios for each of their departments) to participate at a cost of over $3000 each. This is seriously going to impair ort town budget. Mr. Reed is one of three legislators on the committee to spearhead this.

I'm not sure who would be the best candidate to run against her but we need a change!

Anonymous said...

8:21 that's a nice slander comment. Whatever fits you're narrative against Aubertine. Facts are that water district is 100% legal and it was built as a mutually beneficial line for both users, and the town because it got large users hooked up early on so the town could start billing for water and use that revenue to finish the reclamation on other water districts, making them financially viable. But you keep beating the drum against Aubertine because I know it makes you feel better about yourself.

Anonymous said...

I always wonder if a better alternative was to SUE the DOT, that way the repayment is not an issue with the Comptroller, but you still need water, the package offered is nothing anyone else is offered, by the funding agencies, Time for PattyPlate to jump on board...And Yes Addie did get money for a culvert pipe, but the news story that broke on NJ was PattyPlate was going to get the money for it, I found it odd it was a TOWN ROAD and for over 20 years it was ignored by the Highway Superintendant and Town Board...

Anonymous said...

7:28, Not beating any drum, just responding to a comment. To set the record straight, water district 2, at its origin,was legally formed . The term(Aubertine's district) refers to the subsequent expansion of the original district. This expansion, carried out by Aubertine,et.al. is completely in violation of town water district rules. Check it out, you'll probably find your uncle isn't isn't quite the responsible public official you try to pass him off as. Your take on the sequence of events is misguided. Every water district in any town is required by state law to be viable on its own. Of course Cape Vincent doesn't often feel they need to comply with many laws.

FYI, its not slander if its true.

Anonymous said...

7:21, The waterline Aubertine put in illegally, certainly is not legal. The DOH issued a letter demanding they turn it over to the municipality, because it did not meet DOH regulations. Then the DOH later issued a statement saying it was their prerogative to selectively enforce their own policies and they changed thier minds and choose not to enforce them on the high level democrat.

But even if the waterline did meet the DOH regulations, it does not meet the public service commission regulations.

But hey, I don't blame him for not following the regulations if he can get away with it. I would do the same thing. Its not me beating a drum against Aubertine, its a drum against the regulations. The same regulations that make fixing the salt water problem cost one hundred times more than what it should cost. Which is why I brought up Aubertine's special privilege and exemption from following the stupid regulations his party puts in place.

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:28, that is a real load of crap you're peddling about the water deal in Cape. you must not know much about how water districts are set up if you think they built one to make another one "financially viable"?? Not the way it works. Even if it did work that way, how does that make what Aubertine and his Favret Rd. cohorts did, in any way legal??