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Letter to the Editor: Milone Updates Residents

Written By Michael on 6/26/15 | 6/26/15

Dear Editor,

As we all know the long awaited FEMA funding to construct a new home for Niagara Engine Co. No. 6 in Schoharie is forthcoming. I wish to congratulate the many individuals that worked tirelessly to make this happen, particularly the officers and members of Engine Co. #6. I wish to thank Mayor Borst and the Village Board as well as all of the members of the Schoharie Town Board and Simmons Recovery for the support that was necessary to convince our representatives at the next levels of government that a new fire station was necessary. Special thanks to our new President and Chairman of the Board, Niagara Engine Co. No. 6, Marty Pierce, for his many years of dedication and leadership. A special thank you to all our faithful and dedicated volunteer fire fighters.

On another note, I wish to inform you that the long effort made by some of our County Supervisors to have an environmental impact study conducted concerning the health risks associated with pipelines and compressor stations has captured the attention of the American Medical Association. At a meeting conducted a week and a half ago the Association adopted a resolution calling for legislation to have that environmental impact study conducted. We have been working tirelessly for a study of this nature before DEC issues the final permits to Constitution Pipeline. A letter has been sent to our Governor signed by the Chairman of the County Board apprising the Governor of what has now taken place and also requesting his assistance on this so important issue. The letter has also been forwarded to every county in the state requesting their support as well. Our efforts to protect the health and safety of all Schoharie County residents continues.

Several weeks ago I and a few other supervisors had the pleasure of meeting with Senator George Latimer. The Senator whose district covers Westchester had a tremendous interest in what he may be capable of doing for upstate residents. One of the main issues discussed was mandate relief as well as the Safe Act. The Senator agreed that there were changes necessary to the Safe Act legislation and that he would do everything possible to promote change. On Monday June 8, 2015 the State Senate voted to repeal elements of the Safe Act. All 31 Republicans and 4 democrats voted in favor of Bill S5837. Senator Latimer voted in favor of the bill’s content. The bill has been referred to the Assembly. Anyone wishing to read the bill’s content can do so on line.

Gene Milone,
Town of Schoharie Supervisor
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