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Sun., Aug. 30
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People of Cape Vincent have had enough


If you’ve been wondering who has “had enough yet” in Cape Vincent, just ask around. How about the residents on Burnt Rock Road who have been hearing for years about studies to be done and research completed on a water district for their street?

Meanwhile, motions were passed, studies conducted, contracts issued for surveys, only to then be determined it was all done improperly, therefore more studies, motions repassed and more surveys conducted on a water district for Tibbits Point Road. In the past two years, tens of thousands of dollars were spent in an effort to get water to three town board members’ properties. Sorry, residents on Burnt Rock Road, no member of the board lives on your street so don’t expect water in the near future. Had enough yet?

How about the taxpayers in Cape Vincent? Are you aware that historically the county tax revenue has been sent to the county to lower our tax bill and that over the past two years more than $125,000 of that money has been spent by our current board? And that doesn’t even include what has been spent in 2013. This is open and transparent government? Had enough yet?

How about those who were promised “Vote for us, we’ll keep wind out of Cape Vincent”? The process was handled so ineffectively that the decision has now been passed to our pro-renewal energy governor. And that was after spending more than $100,000 in attorney fees. Thanks a lot guys. Had enough yet?

How about the residents of Water District 2 who have been harassed and falsely accused (of course, in the news) of wrongdoing? Then audited and proven to be in total compliance (which, of course, was not newsworthy). Had enough yet?

And let’s not forget the zoning officer fiasco. The town board chose to fire a local resident who had served the town for more than 13 years (and had no complaints filed against him), hire an out-of-town person, then propose we have him act as both zoning officer and building inspector. This would be at a cost of nearly four times what it currently costs to have the county provide the exact same service.

Lucky for us that plan fell apart when it was revealed he had built his own home without the permits he’s in charge of enforcing here in Cape Vincent. Had enough yet?

Enough is enough. Let’s put a stop to these inept, shortsighted and single-minded antics and elect people who are interested in what they can do for Cape Vincent, not to Cape Vincent. Join me in supporting Kirk Grant and Jeremy Wood on the Republican primary day, Sept. 10.

Katie Lesczinski


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