First, I’d like to thank you for cutting to the chase and including the POS Dec in your declaration this evening.
There is no point in wasting any time on that.
As someone who lives in Woodstock; the town with the least to gain and the most to lose, standing beside the Aldermen and women of Kingston who have also requested to be granted involved agency status, I ask you to consider both municipalities as involved agencies in your declaration tonite.
I want to point out a few things.
Today while you were discussing the leaks in the system, on the Kingston public radio, you said something that was very alarming, and I quote:
“It’s like going to your garbage can and selling what’s in there”
And I disagree. Vehemently.
You have publically mocked informed citizens– who have asked you to follow the rule of law–in inappropriate and inconsiderate ways.
Your dismissal of our concerns is very disconcerting.
If you really Consider the water that quenches our municipalities to be garbage, that you can sell as a way to fix an ailing infrastructure, then I’m not sure that you, Mr Quigley and the Town of Ulster are the right municipality to be handling the SEQR process as lead agent.
I want to point out that I am not a Woodstocker just fighting for my lake. I am a Hudson valley citizen concerned about the sustainability of our region.
Economic development of Ulster HAS to be considered with an eye on sustainability.
And as you said this morning on the radio, it is likely that Niagara will not have the patience to sit through The length of time it takes to process a thorough and honest SEQR process, which includes a public scoping process.
And why would they? They thought we were an easy target.
We are not.
This proposal never should have made it this far.
And as it has been made very clear by the citizens of the concerned and interested Municipalities–our water is not in play.
But, because we all know you have a job to fill Tech City–and I read your incomplete application to the DEC– I need to say now, as we go forward, regardless of whether niagara gets their water from cooper lake, I am not comfortable with a plastic manufacturing plant in Tech City or anywhere else in the region.
And I ask that you turn toward responsible and ecologically concerned businesses in your search to fill Tech City.