I went to the Putnam County Land Trust dinner last evening to find it very well attended. In fact, it was their best attended dinner in 44 years. Awards went to Carmel attorney Victor Grossman and Green Chimney’s Paul Kupchok for their years of service to the Trust and the greater community. The land trust now protects more than 800 acres in our county.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and Assemblywoman Sandra Galef were there, County DA Adam Levy made a long appearance and Southeast Legislator Roger Gross stopped in and Putnam Valley Legislator Sam Oliverio stayed for dinner.
Very notably absent however were Republican County and town leadership because, well, the Young Republican dinner was on the same night and bolstering a wounded political machine was more important than attending to the affairs of state, rubbing shoulders with the electorate and honoring an organization that actually does something for the people of our county.
Strange, too, that this is a political year for many and they failed to make their presence known which they usually do at this event. Even County Executive Maryellen Odell couldn’t be bothered to attend. It’s almost a certainty she’s going to be primaried from within [...]
The Town of Kent, in Putnam County, NY, apparently intends to use hydrofracking waste on their roads as part of their snow-removal plans once it becomes available. Several weeks ago the town scuttled an attempt by the county to pass a resolution banning the use of fracking waste on all roads in the county based on a “home rule” issue, that the county cannot pass laws for the towns. The county bill, which eventually passed, now covers only county roads and encourages the towns to create their own. But Kent, … [Read More]
If you don’t mind hydrofracking waste pouring into the many creeks, streams, recreational lakes and reservoirs that are in that town you may safely ignore this message. On the other hand, if you think this is a bad idea you should write the Town Supervisor, Kathy Doherty, and tell her so. [...]
GOP-backed bill is most serious attack on America’s Wilderness Act in history | The Raw Story.
“But this great legacy of American Wilderness is essentially destroyed by H.R. 4089 in several key ways.
First, H.R. 4089 elevates hunting, fishing, shooting, and wildlife management above wilderness protection within designated wilderness areas. Visitors or wildlife managers could drive motor vehicles and build roads, cabins, dams, hunting blinds, aircraft landing strips, and much more in wildernesses if any of these activities could be rationalized as facilitating opportunities for hunting, fishing, shooting, or managing fish and wildlife.
The only limitation in H.R. 4089 on motor vehicles or development is that the activity must be related to hunting, fishing, shooting, or wildlife management, though that need not be its only or even primary use. In reality, almost any recreational or management activity could be shoehorned into one of these exceptions and thereby exempted from Wilderness Act safeguards.
Perhaps even more troubling, H.R. 4089 would waive protections imposed by the Wilderness Act for anything undertaken in the name of wildlife management or for providing recreational opportunities related to wildlife. This would allow endless manipulations of wildlife and [...]
Earlier this morning, looking to the western horizon one sees the moon setting along with a friend, the far-away gas giant Jupiter. With even a weak set of binoculars you should be able to see a couple of Jupiter’s four easily-observable moons.
Dear Democrats: Your guy got re-elected but there’s still drone strikes and the war in Afghanistan and the NDAA and the rapid erosion of civil liberties and expansion of the USA PATRIOT Act and the administration’s assurance that it will ignore the rights of voters in Colorado and Washington and occasionally raid a dispensary in other states… wait a second, did Romney win?
The only plan Republicans have is to move massive amounts of wealth from the working classes to the rulings class and it’s already hard at work. The way they’ve done this is by convincing Joe the Plumber that if he works hard enough, and the government stays out of his way, he will earn untold riches thus attaining the American Dream. That there’s a glass ceiling there Joe hasn’t yet figured out. But just in case he starts asking questions the ruling class gives us Wal*Marts. (In the old days … [Read More]