Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor 09.30.21

PFOA in Poestenkill, Part VI

With respect to the PFOA groundwater contamination issue in Poestenkill affecting the Algonquin Middle School as well as other residential dwellings in that area, the ugly truth here is that the lives and health of those children, as well as everyone else residing in that “Black Air” zone, were written off as expendable by the Poestenkill town board on 22 February 1996 with the passage of Resolution #2a-1996, “In the Matter of Authorizing Action to be Taken by the Attorney to the Town of Poestenkill With Respect to Pending and/or Newly Initiated Litigation,” a.k.a “The Embrace of Corruption & Retaliation Act of 1996,” which Act directed the Poestenkill town attorney, now fondly remembered by a shrine dedicated to him outside Poestenkill Town Hall, to fully defend against Plante v. Poestenkill Town Board, et al, (Index No. 179138) commenced on or about January 25, 1996.

In reality, Matter of Paul R. Plante v. Poestenkill Town Board, Jay F. Nish, Paul Sieloff, Nelson Armlin, Mark Dunlea and Kristine Legenbauer, Index No. 179138 had already been decided in my favor by a decision of Rensselaer County Supreme Court Justice Edward O. Spain on March 28, 1994 wherein Judge Spain annulled a resolution of the Poestenkill Town Board made on November 10, 1992 based upon facts stated under oath by myself in my pro se petition in that matter because the Town Board issued an approval for the Poestenkill regional garbage reception center at the intersection of 66 and 351 in Poestenkill based on a fraudulent waste management facility permit issued by DEC, a Class E felony in violation of Section 175.40 of the Penal Law, “Issuing a false certificate,” which fraudulent permit was then laundered by Poestenkill in granting its own approval.

NYS Asst. AG Kathleen Liston Morrison was forced to admit that fraud under oath in an October 14, 1993 affirmation in Albany County Supreme Court before Judge Robert Williams, which is the corruption embraced by Poestenkill on 22 February 1996.

Paul Plante, Poestenkill

Parking at North Greenbush Town Fair

Based on the line for tickets, the North Greenbush Town Fair appears to have been a success. I wanted to extend a thank you to the businesses on along Main St. in Wynantskill. Thank you M&T Bank, Trustco Bank, Eadilyn’s Table, Benetech, Raizada Fuel, and any other business along Main St. that I have may missed for allowing the attendees to the fair to park at your facilities. I don’t know if there is an explicit agreement between North Greenbush and your organizations to use the parking lots, but it is a nice benefit for the attendees to use your parking lots. However, along these lines, I would encourage the Town of North Greenbush to better set aside parking for those with mobility issues. I saw a number of people, young and old, with mobility issues attending the fair. I had to push a guest in a wheelchair a few blocks to her car. I know of the reserved spots along Douglas, but an event that size needs more reserved spots for those with mobility issues. At the 2022 North Greenbush Town Fair, I suggest the town reserve and designate the area near town hall as reserved parking for those with mobility issues. If this was the situation this year, I did not see signs reserving this area. Working together, we can make North Greenbush even better.

Michael Myer, North Greenbush

Troy Sand and Gravel 

I’m a resident of Poestenkill who lives near the border of West Sand Lake. I find it pretty comical that an employee of Troy Sand and Gravel, one who personally benefits from the company’s expansion, is calling it a political play to criticize the company’s desire to expand. I’m pretty confident that no one in the surrounding neighborhood wants to see Troy Sand and Gravel expand…except maybe if your business interests are directly tied to them. And to say if you’re against Troy Sand and Gravel expanding then you’re against blue-collar work? Forgive us town residents if we’re not that gullible. The company may have its history in West Sand Lake, but the fact remains that a vibrant town now surrounds it…a town that doesn’t want the eyesores and troubles that comes with even more mining. I think the recent PFOA issues in Poestenkill should make everyone give pause on what types of businesses are in our neighborhoods and what their long-lasting impacts are on our health and community. Regardless, you can bet residents in this area will fight tooth and nail against any further mining expansion. 

Shawn Schmieding, Poestenkill

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