Monday, November 6, 2017

Today is November 7th. VOTE!



Greenport voting locations are open from 6 AM to 9 PM


ED 1 and ED 3:
Greenport Community Center
500 Town Hall Drive

ED 2
Becraft Pumper No. 2
257 County Route 14



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Dawn Porreca Endorses Kathy Leck Eldridge, Janice Brodowski, and Carol Peckham

Dawn Porreca submitted the following Letter to the Editor to both the Columbia Paper and to the Register-Star on Monday, October 30.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Who's Paying for Ed Nabozny's Campaign?

This one is for people who like to follow the money.

The New York State Board of Elections has strict rules for reporting contributions made to candidates for public office, for obvious reasons. You can see those reports here.

Individual candidates may file their own reports or authorize a committee to manage their campaign expenses and file for them. Ed Nabozny has authorized The Friends of Ed Nabozny.

The Friends of Ed Nabozny reported various contributions to his 2015 campaign. Ed also received contributions from the Columbia County Democratic Committee and the Greenport Democratic Committee. But that was 2015. Since Ed elected to caucus with Republicans and lost the endorsement of local and county Democrats, he won't see any contributions from Democratic committees this year. But you would expect that Friends of Ed Nabozny is still behind him and, presumably, one or more Republican committees.

But The Friends of Ed Nabozny hasn't filed ANY of the four reports required since July in 2017.



Neither has the Greenport Town Republican Committee!



Perhaps the Columbia County Republican Committee has information for us. At least they have filed two reports (there was no county Republican primary).


However, although they do show contributions to John Faso and to Michael Blasl in their 11-Day Pre General report, there are NO contributions to Ed Nabozny. So who's been paying for all those signs, and the shiny color mailings we keep getting?

If you'd like to know who's behind Kathy Leck Eldridge, Janice Brodowski, and Carol Peckham, they have all authorized the Greenport Democratic Committee to represent them and all required reports have been filed.


 So who's behind Ed Nabozny? Are they hiding until after the election?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What Happened to Greenport's New Solar Farm?

Almost two years ago, on December 30, 2015, Greenport signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solar City  for the installation of a solar farm on four acres of town property located on Middle Road. The farm was expected to produce 100% of the electricity the town government currently obtained from National Grid, at a substantially lower price—saving Greenport "tens of thousands of dollars in electricity costs each year." Solar City agreed to an "outside commercial date of operation" of December 18, 2016, with a penalty for each day past that date.

In February 2017, Solar City notified the Town Board that they were unable to meet that date due to "difficulty negotiating" with National Grid "over the need for costly substation upgrades." On March 1, in a "First Amendment to the PPA," the Board passed Resolution 35-2017 to extend the due date to December 31, 2017.

 A few questions:
  •  Did Solar City pay Greenport any penalty from December 18, 2016 to March 1, 2017?
  •  Does the First Amendment to the PPA, which is not available on the town's website, contain the same penalty for each day past the new outside date? 
  •  When asked at the most recent town meeting when the solar farm is expected to be operational, Supervisor Ed Nabozny replied that "as a layman's guess" it would be three or four months, which is past the current due date. Why does Supervisor Nabozny have to make "a layman's guess"? 
  • Why does he know so little about a project expected to save Greenport a lot of money? 
  •  If the solar farm is late again, will Supervisor Nabozny still be reluctant to collect a penalty from Solar City?
We pay Greenport's lawyers to write deadlines and penalties into contracts because when we lose time with a vendor we lose money. Is there more concern about Solar City's finances than about Greenport's?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Independence Party Voters Agree: Change Is Coming to Greenport!

Final, certified results of the Independence Party primary were posted today on the Columbia County Board of Elections website. Kathy Leck Eldridge beat Ed Nabozny 41-13, compared to his 32-16 showing in the 2015 primary for Greenport town supervisor. Clearly, Independence Party voters in Greenport have changed their minds about Ed Nabozny.

And remarkably, Clayton Clark, a longterm incumbent whose name appeared on the ballot, lost his position on the Independence Party line to two write-in candidates, Janice Brodowski and Carol Peckham. Certified results for Greenport town council were Brodowski 36, Peckham 29, and Clark 20.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Assemblymember Barrett Endorses Democratic Slate in Greenport Town Board Races

Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who represents the106th Assembly District, has endorsed three candidates for Greenport Town Board: Kathy Leck Eldridge for Supervisor and Janice Brodowski and Carol Peckham for Town Council.  "I'm delighted that these women are running for local office," Barrett said.  "The way to make positive change happen is to have caring citizen candidates like Kathy, Janice, and Carol, who are committed to fighting for their neighbors and their town, step up to run -- and win! I am happy to support them."

From left to right: Didi Barrett, Kathy Leck Eldridge (Greenport Town Supervisor candidate), and Carol Peckham and Janice Brodowski (Town Council candidates)

Kathleen Leck Eldridge is a registered nurse and an administrator at a senior facility. Born and raised in Greenport, she said, " I know firsthand the struggles that our residents go through to find good jobs and affordable places to live.  I'm running because I want Greenport to be the town where anyone can say this is the place they call home."

After learning about Barrett's endorsement of the Greenport candidates, Eldridge said, "I want to work for this town the way Didi Barrett has for her district, with intelligence, energy, and a concern for what's important in our backyard.  We couldn't ask for a better leader to endorse our campaign."

Janice Brodowski, also a registered nurse, worked as a childbirth educator and in the obstetric unit, where she has overseen the birth of hundreds of Greenport and Hudson babies and watched them grow up as neighborhood kids and young adults.  She was also Greenport's tax collector for fourteen years. Given her extensive experience and long dedication serving the town and its families, Janice believes she will bring deep local knowledge, honesty, and compassion to the town board.

Carol Peckham grew up in upstate New York and now lives in southern Greenport.  Over the course of her career in publishing she launched and ran two profitable businesses.  Since being here, she has become a member of Greenport's Comprehensive Plan Committee.  She says that her business skills and knowledge of the town's diverse population will help her to make efficient and effective decisions as a member of the town board.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Who Is Minding the Store? Gene Keeler Is Asking

Why should a front-page article in the Capital District’s regional newspaper about DA Czajka’s acceptance of appointments to handle two high profile investigations in the City of Troy interest Columbia County citizens? Why should Columbia County voters care? Two issues jump out to the reader.

From the reporting, it appears Mr. Czajka is using a Rensselaer County Grand Jury to pursue two potential criminal matters after being appointed Special Prosecutor in both matters.

The first matter involves essentially the alleged misuse of 911 tapes to influence a potential election in the City of Troy. The second matter involves allegations of several Troy detectives entering a residence without a warrant and a resulting alleged cover-up.

First: Columbia County has its own problems that need to be addressed by a fulltime DA and his staff.  Mr. Czajka was elected to serve and protect Columbia County citizens not Rensselaer County citizens. Unfortunately, Columbia County has its own severe opioid problem, shootings in Hudson, environmental issues and white-collar criminals. Why is Mr. Czajka spending his time in Rensselaer County when he is needed here? Mr.Czajka is neglecting his official duties to protect and serve Columbia County citizens. His office’s recent record cannot justify his significant absence from local duties. A number of high profile local cases were not successfully prosecuted i.e. arson, sex, larceny.

Second: Who is paying for these investigations? As can be seen from prior special prosecutor cases in the Albany area tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on these matters. The Columbia District Attorney’s Office is primarily funded by local taxpayers. Is Rensselaer County going to reimburse Columbia County for the investigations costs and expenses as well as Mr. Czajka and his staff’s professional time? How are the costs going to be determined?

These questions should be of great concern to Columbia County taxpayers considering our own problems.

Why is Mr. Czajka engaging in this behavior that is in direct conflict with the interests of Columbia County citizens? Who is minding the store?

Eugene Keeler                         518-965-3563
75 Spook Rock Rd
Hudson, New York 12534