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Young testifies to Public Service Commission

July 16, 2013

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Jul-16-13 1:28 PM

Judeye-how many solar panels do you have on your home,windmills? Can you answer or just ignore the question as usual? Your neighbors,friends,sister,how many of them have solar panels and windmills?Just curious?

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Jul-16-13 12:52 PM

PR24601 re Sierra Club...They aren't from here, have no stake, and are generally the "anti-everything" types anyway.


My friend is fifth generation in this area..and a standing member of the club. I am a member of this club as is my husband, my sister, her husband, our neighbor, and many of our friends.

How stupid to think that only "outsiders" care about the environment. Now we may have differences...but to state that the Sierra Club members are not from here is just a MISTRUTH.

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Jul-16-13 11:12 AM

Phil-good job last evening,don't let the Dcroaknigs of the world get you down.

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Jul-16-13 9:46 AM

PhilJulian you're absolutely right on that point.

And thank you for speaking up at the hearing.

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Jul-16-13 9:26 AM

Phil. The city will never change the way it does business as long as it (the city) has the money to pay the wages and pet projects. The only way and this is a stretch is to have less money to run the city. It seems that those running the city both past and present have not figured this out. Projects that are necessary to keep the city going were never addressed until an order on consent was issued and forced the city to take action. Monies have been taken from certain budget lines and used for purposes they wee not intended for. What is the purpose of the finance committee if those individuals don't say no? The auditor is only concerned the books balance as can be shown by the taking of monies for the memorial Park work. Also, it appears the city has no will to negotiate with the unions instead just give them what they want. But who in the city speaks up? All those people turn out for NRG. If people think their electric bill will decrease think again.

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Jul-16-13 9:20 AM

Young used this gathering for her own purposes, none of which had anything to do with the long term economic viability of the people she represents.

Of the Governnors regional economic development committee, there were over 500 projects submitted during the last two funding cycles from the five WNY counties. How many from our county?

A paltry handful.

There's all this wonderful economic development aid for companies who really want to expand and growth strategically (and no folks,this $ isn't IDA crap...) and we only had a handful of submissions out of 500.

Where's Young and her office, out there, working the field with targeted firms for this $$???

No where to be found.

She's all hat and no cattle.

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Jul-16-13 9:10 AM

Senator Young and Assemblyman Goodell both did an outstanding job with their presentations. However, there is an elephant in the room and it is the size and cost of local government. The city spends about $1,700.00 annually for every resident, the county about $1,600.00 and the school district about $20,000 for every student. It is a course of self-destruction and the spending is only possible because of state aid and NRG's generous tax payments. We need NRG but we also need to change the way we do business.

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Jul-16-13 8:45 AM

I think Young's testimony was very good. I especially like the fact that she got out in front of the hypocrites in the Sierra Club. They aren't from here, have no stake, and are generally the "anti-everything" types anyway.

Repowering is best for us, for our community, and for the county. And God willing, NYS will approve fracking at some point too. If not, secession talks must be put on the table. We have more in common with PA than we'll ever have with a NYC-dominated state.

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Jul-16-13 8:14 AM

Here we have Senator Young preaching doom and gloom. She cites a woman who after paying her taxes has to go to the food pantry to get food. Another statement fire and police service will suffer. How? All they would have to do is take a cut in pay. Simple. The outlandish salaries being paid to the police is an example of the city not standing strong during union negotiations. Dunkirk has been facing an economic crisis for years but it has never been addressed. So unfortunately this is a result of not meeting the problem head on. Life will go on but with less people in the city.

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