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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.

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Hassig Stalking Charge Dismissed–Applying Reasonable Pressure Upon
Government to Start Using Scientific Knowledge to Prevent Cancer
Caused by Exposure to Pollutant Carcinogens Upheld–Viva American
Justice!

Honorable Cathleen O’Horo, Town of Canton Justice Court has set forth
a Decision that dismisses the November 7, 2012 Stalking in the Fourth
Degree charge that I faced.  This is good.  Judge O’Horo has
demonstrated that she is a most honorable and just judge.  St.
Lawrence County government attempted to use this charge to stop me
from applying reasonable pressure for action that would utilize
scientific knowledge on the subject of the persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard to prevent cancer, type 2
diabetes and heart disease by making known the facts of the POPs
exposure health hazard to county residents.  Judge O’Horo states in
her April 9, 2013 Decision that I had a legitimate purpose in engaging
in a course of conduct focusing upon Dr. Susan Hathaway, Director of
the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department.  I certainly did
have a most legitimate purpose in doing so.  My purpose was to
pressure Dr. Hathaway into acting upon her responsibility to protect
public health regardless of the opposition that such action would face
from county legislators.  Dr. Hathaway was failing in her duty to
protect the public health.  She was expressing criticism of the very
scientific knowledge that serves as a foundation for POPs exposure
minimization education.  She expressed this baseless criticism to
curry favor with the county legislators who opposed warning the public
of the avoidable POPs exposure health hazard constituted by the
presence of POPs in the animal fat containing foods of the mainstream
food supply, including:  meats, fish, dairy products and eggs.  Dr.
Hathaway chose to help the bad county legislators hide the Truth of
industrial chemical animal fat contamination from the public.  Dr.
Hathaway was very wrong in doing this.  I stood up to her and the bad
county legislators and made known my strong disapproval of their bad
behaviors.

“Honor to Judge Cathleen O’Horo for valuing the right of American
citizens to petition government for much needed action.  She clearly
portrays the Stalking charge for what it was, an attempt by county
government to stop me from continuing to express strong criticism of
the county government’s decision not to provide the residents of St.
Lawrence County with a warning of the POPs exposure health hazard.
Thank you, Judge O’Horo for defending the right of American citizens
to express criticism of government and to continue expressing that
criticism long after the bad government has grown tired of being
criticized.  I will forge ahead with pressuring St. Lawrence County
government to warn residents of the harm that is imposed by POPs
exposures at current levels of food supply contamination.  Viva the
Good American Revolution!”-Donald L. Hassig


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

2/12/13

Michael Crowe, Esq.
St. Lawrence County Attorney
48 Court Street
Canton, New York USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Attorney Crowe,

I have experienced a series of arrests that have resulted from false
complaints that St. Lawrence County Administrator, Karen St. Hilaire
and St. Lawrence County Public Health Department Director, Dr. Susan
Hathaway have made against me.  All of these arrests have infringed
upon my freedom of speech.  The purpose of the false complaints and
arrests is to stop me from speaking freely on the subject of St.
Lawrence County government failure to use scientific knowledge on the
subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contamination of
animal fat foods found in the mainstream food supply to protect public
health.  The St. Lawrence County Legislature opposes public
educational outreach on this subject.  Ms. St. Hilaire and Dr.
Hathaway are currying favor with the majority of members of the
Legislature by attempting to bring an end to my free speech.

I have thought a great deal about how to defend my freedom of speech
in this situation.  I have decided that it is highly likely that it
will be necessary to take legal action against St. Lawrence County to
stop the abuse of free speech described above.  I do not like the idea
of causing St. Lawrence County taxpayers to have to pay for county
participation in such a legal action.  I would like to speak with you
about averting a free speech lawsuit.

Thank you for your attention to this correspondence.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

January 13, 2013

Dear St. Lawrence County Policy Makers,

Ever more widely the Truth is being spoken about the cancer epidemic
in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River Valley region.  People are
coming together on this matter of industrial pollutants causing
cancer.  Please read the article published by the Sierra Club and
posted on the blog, My Breast Cancer Story Kim Chaffee.

http://mybreastcancerstorykimchaffee.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/great-lakes-the-new-cancer-alley/

As local government leaders, you have a great opportunity to use
government to protect the public health.  Educational outreach on
carcinogen exposure minimization can be accomplished by local
government.  Taking many small steps to educate will result in much
public knowledge.  Empowered with knowledge about what chemical
exposures cause cancer, the people will change their diets and other
behaviors to minimize their exposures.

The Town of Potsdam and the Town of Colton have expressed interest in
using their websites to educate on persistent organic pollutants
(POPs) exposure minimization.  As more websites come to provide this
information, the people will grow in their awareness of the POPs
exposure health hazard.  Working together we can bring good change.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

On December 31, 2012, I gave a spoken word/environmental dance
performance in the Main Hallway of the St. Lawrence County Courthouse
celebrating this past year when the World as we have known it changed
in a tremendously important way.  In 2012, the Truth came out about
the harm that corporations are doing to the Earth and its inhabitants.
Together with this Truth came the Truth about government failure to
act upon its responsibility to protect the environment and the public
health.  These Truths are now widely know.  This knowledge matters.
This knowledge of fundamental Truths concerning life in a World
dominated by industrialized societies is a powerful force for bringing
change.

As I danced and spoke freely about Truths of such significance, I
experienced intensely a panoply of feelings:  the desire to create
justice, anger that corporate/government culture people are causing so
much harm, determination to keep on pounding away at the work of
creating government accountability, and gladness that 2012 had
unveiled the bad behaviors of the corporate/government culture.  I am
so happy to have found a way to move forward with bringing change that
is beautiful, exciting and mindful.

In the wonderful moments of dance and speaking from my heart, two new
thoughts came to me.  I conceived of the need for action to minimize
the suffering that is taking place due to harm having been done to the
people of Akwesasne and the Town of Massena by the use and disposal of
industrial chemicals including PCBs and mercury.  Additionally, I
realized the responsibility that dairy farmers bear for having
produced and sold milk fat in a time of animal fat contamination.
This responsibility imposes the duty to take action for minimizing the
suffering of those who consumed milk fat that contained persistent
organic pollutants (POPs) and the duty to take action to minimize
ongoing exposures to POPs.  The dairy farmers of St. Lawrence County
should be showing support for the educational outreach on POPs
exposure minimization that Cancer Action NY has long advocated for.
They should be glad to have the St. Lawrence County Public Health
Department start providing such education.

Exercising freedom of expression has proven itself to be a great
source of inspiration and spiritual power in my life.  As the first
year of the New World begins to unfold, I am deeply joyed to have
dancing and speaking freely to share with my fellow Americans.  I
believe that 2013 will bring amazing advances in the use of scientific
knowledge to protect the environment and the public health.  This is
good for America.  We are finally moving forward with environmental
revolution.

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

 

Dear St. Lawrence County Policy Makers,

There are good, strong Americans who know the Truth of what is happening to me as a result of my perseverance in speaking the words of condemnation of the bad corporate people and the bad government people who have poisoned the Earth and the people of the Earth to the extent that cancer exist at epidemic levels throughout the industrialized world.  My friend and fellow revolutionary Lynn McMannis is one of these good, strong Americans.  We will persevere forever in the work of bringing out the Truth about the poisoning of the Earth and the cancer epidemic that engulfs our societies.  Poisoning is wrong.  Causing cancer epidemics is wrong.  We will prevail because we are empowered by the most powerful forces on Earth, Love and Truth.

There are those among you who have assisted with the work of warning the public of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard and there are those among you who have sought to derail this work.  Those who have assisted are good people.  Those who have sought to derail the work of Cancer Action NY are bad people.  There is good reason to believe that the good people will be victorious in this conflict over using scientific knowledge to prevent cancer.

There is great change coming.  The good people will find joy in this change.  The bad people will be brought low by it.  Cancer is the unavoidable outcome of poisoning the Earth and the people of the Earth.  It is time to bring an end to the poisoning and the cancer.  I am hopeful that all of you will think about these things and decide to do good in the future.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Don Hassig

7/17/12

Dr. David Hornung, President
St. Lawrence County Board of Ethics
Canton, NY USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dr. David Hornung,

On 7/16/12, Cancer Action NY participated in a meeting on the subject
of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization
education focusing on POPs exposure minimization educational outreach
for the residents of St. Lawrence County.  Dr. Susan Hathaway,
Director of the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, Sallie
Brothers, Chair of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, Scott
Sutherland, member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, Jason
Pfotenhauer, Deputy Director of the St. Lawrence County Planning
Office and John Tenbusch, staff of the Planning Office, as well as
Lewis M. Shepard, a founding member of Cancer Action NY were
participants in this meeting.

The specific purpose of the meeting was to decide upon a mutually
satisfactory first step in providing POPs exposure minimization
educational outreach in St. Lawrence County.  I began our meeting with
a brief presentation on the subject of the 2010 World Health
Organization (WHO) report titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:
Impact on Child Health”.  Upon finishing the presentation, I requested
that Dr. Susan Hathaway make known her position on the validity of
this WHO report.  Dr. Hathaway stated that the report was not valid
due to the fact that there were no epidemiological research findings
supporting the conclusion that POPs exposure imposes disease risk.  I
was shocked to hear this said by the Director of the Public Health
Department considering the fact that a great volume of peer reviewed
scientific literature has been published on the subject of POPs
exposure disease outcome.  Many of the research articles are
epidemiological studies in which a statistically significant
correlation was reported between POPs exposure and disease outcome.

I have encountered the position that sufficient scientific knowledge
does not exist upon which to base the conclusion that POPs exposure
imposes significant disease risk on numerous occasions.  Those who
take this position almost invariably have a vested interest in
suppressing the scientific knowledge, which serves as a basis for
concluding that POPs exposure imposes significant disease risk at
current levels of food supply contamination.  Dr. Susan Hathaway has a
vested interest, which determines the position that she takes.  Dr.
Hathaway is interested in maintaining her place in the community of
public health professionals.  Corporate influence has caused this
particular group of people to choose to ignore scientific knowledge on
the subject of the associations between chemical exposure and disease
outcome.

Dr. Susan Hathaway has violated the St. Lawrence County Code of Ethics
by making the false statements described above.  She has spoken
falsely for the purpose of deceiving the members of St. Lawrence
County government and the residents of St. Lawrence County.  She has
done this in violation of her responsibility to protect public health
in St. Lawrence County.  I request that the St. Lawrence County Board
of Ethics investigate this complaint and take appropriate action to
insure that those who are responsible for the protection of public
health in St. Lawrence County will choose to act for the benefit of
the public regardless of what corporations and self interest would
call for.

Thank you for your careful consideration of this complaint.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org