Green Hassig Asks St. Lawrence County Legislature to Make 3 New Laws

Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:00 PM

Legislative Board Room, St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Canton, NY USA

The county legislatures of NY-21 and all other county legislative bodies in New York State have a great deal of power to bring change.  New York is a Home Rule state.  This means that local governments can adopt legislation that stands alone without the need for any supporting legislation on the state or federal level. In cases where there are related state and federal laws, if the local law is more stringent, it stands.

There are 3 new laws that I want St. Lawrence County government to set in place.  These laws will change things for the better.  Without these laws, life in St, Lawrence County and the rest of our country will continue to become worse.

(1) A prohibition against the sale and consumption of fracked gas in St. Lawrence County

Fracking is a technology that causes serious and irreparable harm to the Earth.  Fracking contaminates water, air and land.  Fracking will not continue if people can’t buy and burn fracked gas.  The county legislature can help with bringing an end to fracking by prohibiting the sale and consumption of fracked gas in St. Lawrence County.

(2) Establish public financing for all local election campaigns

Publicly financed election campaigns in which it is illegal to spend any money other than what is provided by law would go far to eliminating corporate money and influence in local government.  With publicly financed election campaigns the field of candidates would expand beyond those who have sufficient wealth to mount their own campaigns and the candidates of major parties, which now fund much of campaign spending.  Political parties should not be able to buy elections by outspending their competition.  Public financing of election campaigns will bring better candidates into public office.

(3) Require the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to provide residents with information on all known and suspected human carcinogens

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publish lists of carcinogens that are classified for human carcinogenicity.  Many chemicals are now classified as known or suspected human carcinogens.  Dioxins, PCBs, hexachlorobenzene, benzene, formaldehyde, arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium and mercury are among the chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer in humans.  With knowledge of these chemicals comes the ability to avoid exposure and thereby minimize cancer risk.  The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is not providing this information now because it depends upon the New York State Department of Health (DOH) for cancer information and the DOH is controlled by corporate influences that oppose informing the public on the subject of chemical exposure cancer causation.  This is wrong.  Lack of information is causing people in St. Lawrence County to get cancer and die.  We can change this by enacting a county law that requires public education on chemical carcinogens.

NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig Calls for Steps to Reduce Burning
of Dirty Fuels

Public Forum Presentation for St. Lawrence County Legislature

Monday, December 2, 2013, 7:00 PM

Legislative Board Room, St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Canton, NY USA

The life of burning natural gas, gasoline and diesel fuel is no longer
any good. In days passed, these fuels could be obtained without
inflicting tremendous harm upon the Earth. Now that fracking for gas
and oil and tar sands extraction are major energy acquisition
technologies using these fuels is a terribly destructive activity.

I have a great desire to separate myself from the ugliness of fracking
for gas and oil and
tar sands extraction. I am determined to start driving less. One way
to do this is taking the bus. I want bus lines and passenger rail
service here in the North Country that will be satisfactory
alternatives to driving.

County, state and federal governments need to work together to create
affordable and effective mass transit systems in NY-21. I am calling
for county governments throughout the district to start the ball
rolling on this. My home county is St. Lawrence County. I will start
here by making an appeal for action that will inspire collaborative
efforts from the higher levels of government. Where the grassroots
lead government will follow. My request is that St. Lawrence County
set up a mass transit task force charged with producing strategies for
developing excellent bus and train service within the region.

Green Party Candidate Hassig Steps Up Love of the Earth Revolution on Shale Gas

Monday, November 25, 2013, 3:00 PM

Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas Office, 33 Stearns Street, Massena, NY USA

High volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking is a heavily
polluting activity.  Tremendous quantities of untested chemicals are
injected into the Earth along with water and sand to shatter shale
formations thereby releasing natural gas from pockets within the rock.
This process leads to contamination of ground water and surface water
via mingling of fracking fluid, chemicals present in the shale pockets
and water.  Fracking a gas well involves a very large amount of truck
traffic.  The diesel exhaust emissions from this trucking onslaught
are a major impact upon air quality.  Additional contamination of air
occurs via evaporation from condensate tanks and waste pits.  The
heavy contamination of water and air resulting from fracking is
harmful to all living beings.  There has been far too much harm to
life on Earth from petrochemical corporations already.  Fracking is
unacceptable.

Enbridge Corporation is transporting and marketing natural gas that is
extracted by fracking.  This company that profits from fracking has a
responsibility to participate in dialogue concerning the pollution
associated with fracking for gas.  I will endeavor to engage Enbridge
Corporation in that dialogue.  Going to the Massena Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas
Office is a perfect way to start the talk on fracking pollution.  This
office is part of my home region.  It is within the home region that
matters of health and environmental protection should be discussed
most extensively.  Where we live is where our words have the most
power.

I visit the Enbridge Office in the name of love, love of the Earth and
all of the living beings of the Earth.  I believe that love is the
most powerful force that can be brought to bear for protecting the
Earth Mother.  Love of the Earth and her many children will bring an
end to fracking.  This is a beautiful, non-violent, environmental
Revolution.  As we move forward with acting upon our love of the Earth
and all of her children, we create the great changes that will soon
eliminate pollution, cancer, greed and arrogance.

Green Party Candidate Hassig Endeavors to Initiate Dialogue with
Enbridge Corporation on Fracking’s Harm to All Earth’s Children

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 11:00 AM

Enbridge Office, Brasher Falls, NY USA

High volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking is a heavily
polluting activity.  Tremendous quantities of untested chemicals are
injected into the Earth along with water and sand to shatter shale
formations thereby releasing natural gas from pockets within the rock.
This process leads to contamination of ground water and surface water
via mingling of fracking fluid, chemicals present in the shale pockets
and water.  Fracking a gas well involves a very large amount of truck
traffic.  The diesel exhaust emissions from this trucking onslaught
are a major impact upon air quality.  Additional contamination of air
occurs via evaporation from condensate tanks and waste pits.  The
heavy contamination of water and air resulting from fracking is
harmful to all living beings.  There has been far too much harm to
life on Earth from petrochemical corporations already.  Fracking is
unacceptable.

Enbridge Corporation is transporting and marketing natural gas that is
extracted by fracking.  This company that profits from fracking has a
responsibility to participate in dialogue concerning the pollution
associated with fracking for gas.  I will endeavor to engage Enbridge
Corporation in that dialogue.  Going to the Brasher Falls Enbridge
Office is a perfect way to start the talk on fracking pollution.  This
office is part of my home region.  It is within the home region that
matters of health and environmental protection should be discussed
most extensively.  Where we live is where our words have the most
power.

I visit the Enbridge Office in the name of love, love of the Earth and
all of the living beings of the Earth.  I believe that love is the
most powerful force that can be brought to bear for protecting the
Earth Mother.  Love of the Earth and her many children will bring an
end to fracking.

I planned to attend the Colton-Pierrepont Central School District board meeting and hand out pamphlets on the subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization at the basketball game later the same evening. POPs are man-made chemicals that cause cancer, diabetes and heart disease. All animal fats are contaminated with POPs. These toxic chemicals accumulate in the bodies of people who consume foods that contain animal fats. The most significant action to minimize POPs exposure is minimizing consumption of animal fats.

In a show of good faith, I called Superintendent Joseph Kardash and left a voice-mail message stating my plans. After making a brief presentation on the subject of POPs exposure minimization for the School Board, I left the meeting room. Superintendent Kardash followed me out and warned me that I was not allowed to hand out any information at school events. I argued that this violated my freedom of speech and stated that I would hand out the pamphlets regardless of his opposition to this activity.

After talking the whole thing over with my brother, I decided to write Superintendent Kardash a letter requesting his permission to engage in educational outreach on POPs exposure minimization at school sporting events. I typed up the letter and went back to the school. Mr. Kardash was still there so I was able to hand deliver my letter.

I hope that he changes his mind and gives me permission to share knowledge about toxic chemical exposure minimization at the school. This certainly would be the right thing to do for the health of students and my sense of freedom. People should be allowed to speak freely at public school events that are open to the public. I feel that having no freedom of speech at school events is a bad situation certainly below the standard of how life should be in America. We should be free to speak at public events in public places.

Motivating Government Action for Environmental Protection

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Potsdam Public Library Meeting Room, Potsdam, NY USA

This meeting is for planning activities that will motivate government to act upon its responsibility to protect the environment.  Protecting the Earth must become a high priority for all levels of government.  Citizens in concert with good government can bring the changes that will make possible the restoration of the healthfulness of our environment.  Everyone who is interested in environmental activism is welcome.  For more information:  donaldhassig@gmail.com

NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig Visits Potsdam College to Speak on
Free Education and Safe Chemical Use

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2:30 PM

Plaza South of Barrington Student Union

Potsdam, New York USA

As a Green Party congressional candidate, it is important to bring
forward new proposals that are of benefit to the electorate. Free
education through graduate school and safe chemical use are two such
ideas.

American youth should have the opportunity to learn free from the
repressive burden of high education costs. Operating a motor vehicle
and obtaining housing impose a considerable demand upon a student’s
finances. Free college tuition can help make education more
affordable for all. It is reasonable and good that our society would
use its wealth to make intellectual growth a reality for large numbers
of young people. This is one of the best investments that we can
make.

Safe chemical use will usher in a new era of environmental restoration
and improved health. The best way to begin using chemicals safely is
to recognize the harm that has been caused by unsafe chemical use. I
propose to create thousands of new jobs in the field of environmental
health education. There should be one environmental health educator
for every one hundred Americans. Educating on past unsafe chemical
use and strategies for transitioning to safe chemical use is of such
critical importance to our future that such a favorable educational
ratio is well warranted.

It is with new ideas that we will enter into a New Age of happiness
and well being. Government can take a leading role in making new
ideas reality. Government can foster change. Good government can
help make things better. Let’s get started.

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