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I live in the town of Cape Vincent. I pay my taxes.

I expect the elected officials who run this town to represent the people, the ones who voted for them and the ones who did not. It feels as if stopping the British Petroleum wind project is more important than the needs of the town that we live in.

In previous years, we have had a town government that has done a great many things for our community. The town councils past were men you could shake hands with, look in the eye and trust to keep their word and look out for the best interests of the town.

Our current council was elected on the basis of being anti-wind with the majority of their voters being people who do not have Cape Vincent as their primary residence. The people who live, breathe and die here are not being represented.

The legal fees spent by the council trying to fight the wind project are astronomical. This is money that could be going into our infrastructure or any other number of projects.

These projects could make Cape Vincent a more desirable location for young families to settle and pump life into the community. I understand that there is a large amount of tax money that comes from summer residents. I also understand these summer residents are an important part of our community.

That being said, there would be no community or quiet small river town if it weren’t for the people who live here year round, raise their families here and make Cape Vincent feel like a community. I would hate to see Cape Vincent become another summer town that becomes more of a ghost town during the winter than it already is.

I understand and empathize with those who are against the wind project. However, I am a firm believer in home rule.

I do not like the idea of the state-level government getting involved and telling the town what they can and can’t do and how they can or can’t do it. It is the actions of the council members who were elected on the sole basis of being against wind power that have allowed the state to come in and take the decision out of the hands of the voting populous via Article X.

Joseph A. Giaquinto

Cape Vincent

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