Speak out tonight on new solar law
Tonight (June 10) at 7 p.m., the town of Duanesburg will hold public hearings for the Solar Energy Facilities Law, Local Law 1 of 2021 and for the Commercial Event Venues Law, Local Law 2 of 2021.
Local Law 1 will repeal and replace the solar law adopted in 2016. September 19, 2019, the Planning Board approved a controversial Special Use Permit for Eden Renewables’ construction of two 5-MWac solar arrays covering 65 acres at 13590 Duanesburg Road.
In January 2020, a six-month solar moratorium was adopted.
The draft solar law fails to provide communitywide notification. The 2001 Telecommunications Facilities Law requires a 32 square-foot notification sign be erected at the proposed site at time of application. The draft solar law also does not restrict size and number of solar power plants. This may allow residential parcels to be completely surrounded by multiple solar facilities.
Because a separate battery storage payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement is not required, the town may lose revenue.
The draft solar law does not include checks and balances with the Town Board. The largest land use in the town, most expensive construction project, and possibly largest tax revenue source should also have Town Board approval to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
Please request copies of the proposed laws and submit written comments to the town clerk at: [email protected]. Speak at tonight’s virtual public hearing by logging into Zoom as described on the town website duanesburg.net.
Giuliani singled out for unfair criticism
Albert Einstein was not only a famous mathematician but also a scientist who used thinking or thought experiments. As if what happens if “such and such” were to occur. What would the outcome be and why.
Even though my IQ is about 200 points less than Einstein’s, which puts me into the class of a knuckle dragging right wing ultra conservative, I still can have “thoughts.” My latest thought is what would the outcome have been if instead of Mr. Giuliani going to Perreca’s, someone of color or one of the other ultra-protected minority groups now labeled LGBTQ+ tried this same tactic.
Would the outcry have been as great? Would there have been any outcry at all? Would The Gazette write an editorial about it? The thoughts go on and on.
My thought is that prejudicial issues work both ways.
Wishing Foss best on her new venture
I write with a sad farewell to Sara Foss.
Her intelligent and well-written column will be missed by many.
She has presented a needed clarity on many issues, leading the reader through her thought processes of pros and cons.
At the same time, I wish her well in her “realigning” and future career steps as she also enjoys family and friends.
We all can understand “a time to say goodbye,” the pain of loss, the walk toward something new.
All the best, Sara.
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