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.