Friday, August 28, 2015

Traudt helped Molinaro steal $66,000 from Rhinebeck in sales tax revenue-- and $37,000 from Clinton-- wake up folks...

Hi all... Wake up folks... Nothing personal-- but these are the facts: Fact: The Town of Rhinebeck lost $46,000 from county sales tax revenue-sharing cut 2013 & 2014 (compared to what the Town of Rhinebeck received from Dutchess in 2012). Fact: The Village of Rhinebeck lost $20,000 from county sales tax revenue-sharing cut 2013 & 2014 (compared to county share with village in 2012). Fact: The Town of Clinton lost $37,000 from county sales tax revenue-sharing cut 2013 & 2014 (compared to what Clinton got from Dutchess County in county sales tax in 2012). Fact: The Rhinebeck Town Board passed a bipartisan resolution 4-1 at their 10/22/12 meeting to stop County Executive Molinaro proposal to slash county sales tax revenue-sharing with municipalities like Rhinebeck and Clinton-- WHY DID'T TOWN SUPERVISOR TOM TRAUDT RESPECT THE WILL OF THE RHINEBECK TOWN BOARD THAT NIGHT AND THE WILL OF THE TAXPAYERS OF RHINEBECK AND CLINTON AND VOTE WITH THE REST OF THE BOARD?!? Fact: I listened to the bipartisan Town Board majority that night (Oct. 22, 2012)—- and helped lead the battle to try to stop Molinaro's proposal to steal millions from municipalities across Dutchess in his scheme to cap county sales-tax revenue sharing. Don't believe me?...don't remember this?...I this article below too-- from the Observer... Nothin' personal Mr. Traudt-- but that night, Tom, you demonstrated to all of us to whom you truly are "responsible, committed, and proven"-- responsible to the county's power structure, committed to being a yes-man to Molinaro, and proven to roll over even when it hurts your fellow town residents... Period. [pass it on] Joel 845-464-2245/876-2488 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - From ... Rhinebeck rejects Molinaro plan Majority votes to protest $56,000 in lost revenues based on county plan by Kristofer Munn • November 13, 2012 8 Flares 8 Flares × Already facing budget challenges under the state’s “2% tax cap”, the Rhinebeck town board passed resolutions at their Oct.22 board meeting opposing Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s proposed budget plan that would take and additional $56,000 in expected revenues away from the town, an amount equal to 2.4% of the current town budget tax levy. As part of his effort to fill the county’s projected $40 million budget deficit, Molinaro’s plan calls for a 15% immediate reduction in the amount of sales tax revenue shared with the cities, towns and villages and for that number to be capped – never to increase in the future as the economy recovers and sales improve. That could mean $51,000 less for Rhinebeck in 2013 alone. The board passed the resolution opposing the sales tax plan 4-1. Voting to support the resolution were Rhinebeck Town Councilpersons Gina Fox, Joe Gelb, Elizabeth Spinzia, and Bruce Washburn. Rhinebeck Town Supervisor Tom Traudt voted against the resolution. “I think it’s important to protest this move by the County Executive to fix an unfortunate County budget situation on the backs of the towns,” said Fox. The plan also creates a longer-term issue with the hard cap. “The main point is that the cap formula is unfair,” said Spinzia. “I’m here to protect our constituents and our interests. If the County Legislature supports Marc Molinaro’s plan, when things get better, we won’t have a sip of cream.” Rhinebeck’s county legislator Joel Tyner is also opposed to the plan. “I am opposed to Mr. Molinaro’s plan to just pass the buck for funding necessary and punish the county’s towns and villages,” said Tyner. The Rhinebeck town supervisor was supportive of the county executive’s efforts to fix the budget problem and voted against the resolution. “I applaud the county executive,” said Traudt. “This is about sustainability for the county… He is trying to work with us to lower the impact.” One proposal to help reduce the impact of the sales tax changes is for more shared services but Rhinebeck was recently informed they would be receiving a cut in that area as well. The county has told Rhinebeck that after more than 20 years, it will no longer be paying the town to plow and sand River Rd., a loss of another approximately $5,000 in revenue to the town. Rhinebeck Highway Superintendent Kathy Kinsella is concerned about how waiting for county plows and trucks may affect safety on River Rd. “[River Road] is a major route from the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, a main route to the Amtrak station for commuters, carries traffic to and from Northern Dutchess Hospital, and connects two state roads,” said Kinsella. “But several large areas of open meadows make it susceptible to drift conditions. Because the Town already has plow routes in the immediate vicinity of River Road, we can be there quickly when the need arises.” “I am concerned that adding River Road to an existing County plow route could mean a longer lapse in service for users of that road,” she added. The board also passed a resolution in opposition to the plowing cutbacks at their Oct. 22 meeting, with the same four members voting in favor and Traudt abstaining. “I think we need to protest the hypocrisy of [offering] shared services, then taking it away,” said Washburn. With the state-mandated “2% tax cap” on one side and the county cuts on the other, Rhinebeck’s leaders are facing hard choices as they work to shape the 2013 budget. The tentative budget proposed by the supervisor in early October, the starting point for hammering out the final numbers, called for a 13% increase in the town portion of the tax levy. The proposal called for a 2.8% spending increase on the town portion of the budget, which combined with expectations of reduced revenues, creates the potential for a significant tax hike. According to a town notices, the salaries of the elected officials will be $20,000 for the town supervisor, $5,753 for the four councilpersons, $11,140 for the assessor chairman, $9,721 for two assessors, $57,000 for the highway superintendent and $13,160 for each town justice. Budget workshops are continuing and a final budget was expected to be filed Tuesday in time for a public hearing today at 10am at Rhinebeck Town Hall.

lol-- 9 years ago I proposed Small Business Registry for Dutchess...(now finally in 2015 GOP admitting I'm right-- better late than never?)...

Hi all... Of course it's not a bad thing that (finally!) Dutchess County now has a Local Business Registry... [see: ] ...just that-- sorry folks but it's true-- literally nine years ago I started pushing for this as part of my push for a true Small Business Task Force at the time... Recall-- back on March 22, 2006, I convened a meeting of my Small Business Task Force at the Eclipse Tannning and Beauty Emporium in Rhinebeck-- with one of the goals/discussion topics being this-- that "Dutchess County's small businesses need more county contracts through a Small Business Registry. G.O.P. Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef worked with Democratic County Legislator David Fried to accomplished this in their county-- it's time for our county (see" Don't believe me?...see [...and] Better yet-- scroll down just a bit below in this email to see actual text of 2006 resolution I submitted to our County Legislature's offices for Dutchess County to have a Small Business Registry (of course local GOP ignored/squashed this-- natch)... Just sayin'... FYI... [again-- yes-- letters to editor needed to local newspapers on this-- as local media not reporting yet on how this "new GOP initiative" is, in fact, something I formally proposed almost a decade ago-- facts] Joel 845-464-2245/876-2488 [19 other accomplishments of mine listed here from over the past 12 years-- got Rhinebeck into Greenway; $385,000 from county for Thompson-Mazzarella Park (2005-now; Unanimous passage of my 2015 resolution: Sustainable Energy Loan Fund for local businesses; Unanimous passage of my 2015 resolution: divert mentally ill from arrest/jail; Unanimous passage of my 2015 resolution: for county parks to go zero waste; Unanimous passage of my 2014 resolution: allow opt-out for "smart meters"; Unanimous passage of my 2013 resolution: Solarize homeowner discounts; Unanimous passage of my 2008 resolution: 5-day week senior centers for yr.; Strong bipartisan support for my 2015 letter to ban puppy mill/pet stores here; Strong bipartisan (22-3) support for my 2009 resolution: Lyme health insurance; My 2008 resolution becomes reality (after trashed by GOP); online county budget survey; Strong bipartisan support for my 2009 resolution: property tax circuitbreaker-- Strong bipartisan support for my effort-- restore county historian (2004-2012)-- Solar arrays on county land (for example, at County Airport in Wappinger: 2015)-- My housing-first initiative saving $$$ re: homeless drug addicts/alcoholics (2014)-- Expand Hudson River Housing overnight shelter from 12 beds to 60 beds (2004)-- Ban fracking here in Dutchess & across NY-- move to renewables (2008-2014); My bimonthly Repair Cafés-appliances & computers fixed free (2014-2015-- thx, Kathleen Everett-- our next one is Sat. Sept. 12th noon to 4 pm at Rhinebeck Town Hall!); Successfully led fight in county for over a decade to keep item-pricing in local supermarkets; Launched local movement in Sept. 2013 by hosting a series of well-attended Clinton Town Hall meetings to stop unnecessary, costly, and destructive "upgrade" of AC transmission lines-- first time in the history of the NYS Public Service Commission that such a proceeding delayed!] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [here below-- my 2006 resolution that Dutchess GOP county legislators wouldn't move on] RE: REQUESTING OUR COUNTY EXECUTIVE AND CENTRAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO BEGIN A SMALL BUSINESS REGISTRY WITHIN COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES Legislator TYNER offers the following and moves its adoption: WHEREAS, two years ago the Rockland County Legislature unanimously approved two pieces of legislation introduced supporting Rockland County's local business community-- the Policy to Prioritize Rockland Businesses and the Small Business Stimulus Act-- the first of their kind in the State of New York according to legislative research, and WHEREAS, the Policy to Prioritize Rockland Businesses established a priority that our county government should first attempt to contract with local businesses before going out of the county; a report received from Rockland County's purchasing department indicated that as of September 2004, nearly 70 percent of government purchases were made from sources outside the county; by purchasing goods and services right here at home, we put tax money back into the hands of taxpayers and support job creation, retention, and local economics, and WHEREAS, the Small Business Stimulus Act reserves our smallest, discretionary spending items for local small businesses, which the law defines as businesses with fewer than nine employees with a gross annual revenue of less than one million dollars; all small businesses have the ability to register, at no charge, in the small business registry that the act created; the purchasing department will contact registered businesses when contracting opportunities exist and attempt to give small businesses a chance to compete for government purchases, and WHEREAS, the law also contains a reporting provision so that county government can periodically review progress achieved in providing business locally; this allows a continuing dialogue on this issue and identify future opportunities to expand and improve our efforts, and WHEREAS, the mechanics of the law were specifically formed so as to not interfere with the competitive bidding process; competitive bidding is critical because it makes sure that taxpayers get the best value for their dollar; numerous safeguards have also been enacted to make sure that the integrity and quality of purchases would be ensured; legislators similarly granted an appropriate level of discretion to the purchasing office so that we can maintain and continue to support regional business such as the Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group in which Rockland participates, and WHEREAS, according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council, New York recently ranked 45 out of 50 in the nation on the Small Business Survival Index; this disappointing statistic should send a clear message to our state and local officials that government ought to collaborate with local businesses so that we can inspire growth and provide fiscal support; by supporting local businesses, we make sound investments in our community and its future, now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature hereby requests that our County Executive with our county's Central Purchasing Department to initiate Dutchess County versions of "The Policy to Prioritize Rockland Businesses" and "The Small Business Stimulus Act", as described at and above, and, be it further RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution to sent to County Executive William Steinhaus and Central Services Director Donald Miller.

ban microbeads here in Dutchess-- GOP-led Erie Co. Leg. voted unanimously to do this-- email!...

[kudos to the GOP majority of the Erie County Legislature for voting last month unanimously with Democrats to ban microbeads there-- and to GOP in the Chautauqua County Legislature for pushing this as well there-- email all 25 of us at to help build support for our County Legislature here in Dutchess to do the same (I just submitted to our Co. Leg. offices the copycat legislation below-- word-for-word same as what passed unanimously in Erie County); call Cuomo and state Senators at 877-255-9417 for NYS to ban microbeads across our state; thx finally, much to McKayla Mulhern, Legislative Aide to Dem Erie Co. Leg. Chris Burke, for reaching out to me on this; Chris Burke will be my guest tomorrow morning 8-11 am on my WHVW 950 AM show!...Joel...see: ; ; ; ; ; ; ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A Local Law in relation to prohibiting the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads in Dutchess County Section 1: Legislative Findings and Intent The Dutchess County Legislature hereby makes the following findings and determinations: a) The Legislature hereby finds and determines that microbeads, a synthetic alternative ingredient to such natural materials as ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice, found in over one hundred personal cosmetic products, including facial cleansers, shampoos and toothpastes, pose a serious threat to Dutchess County's environment. Microbeads have been documented to collect harmful pollutants, already present in the environment, and harm fish and other aquatic organisms that form the base of the aquatic food chain. Microbeads have been found in high quantity in New York State's water bodies. b) Research has indicated that the majority of these microbeads are entering bodies of water through disposal down household drains following the use of such personal cosmetic products. Without significant and costly improvements to Dutchess County's sewage treatment facilities, microbeads contained in personal cosmetic products will continue to pollute water bodies within Dutchess County. Section 2: Definitions As used in this Local Law, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated: a) "Microbead" shall mean any intentionally added plastic particle measured to be five millimeters or less in size used to exfoliate or cleanse in a personal care product. b) "Personal care product" shall mean any (a) article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, including but not limited to soap, exfoliates, shampoos, toothpastes and scrubs, and (b) article intended for use as a component of any such article. The term "personal cosmetic product" shall not include any product for which a prescription is required for distribution or dispensation as provided in section two hundred eighty-one of New York State Public Health Law or Section six thousand eight hundred ten of New York State Education Law. Section 3: Restrictions on the Sale of Microbeads in Dutchess County It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or any other entity no matter how constructed to sell, offer or expose for sale, give or furnish any personal cosmetic product which contains microbeads as defined herein. Section 4: Enforcement a) The County of Dutchess through its Department of Health Division of Weights and Measures ("the Division") shall have sole jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this local law. b) Any person, firm, corporation, or other entity who violates section 3 of this local law shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars for each day during which such violation continues, and in addition thereto, such person, firm, corporation, or other entity may be enjoined from continuing such violation. For a second violation, such person, firm, corporation, or other entity shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars for each day during which such violation continues, and in addition thereto, such person, firm, corporation, or other entity may be enjoined from continuing such violation. c) The Dutchess County Attorney may bring an action in the name of Dutchess County or the Dutchess County Department of Health division of Weights and Measures to recover the civil penalty provided by this local law in any court of competent jurisdiction. Section 5: Reverse Preemption This local law shall be null and void on the day that state-wide or federal legislation goes into effect, incorporating either the same or substantially similar provisions as are contained in this law, or in the event that a pertinent state or federal administrative agency issues and promulgates regulations preempting such action by the County of Dutchess. The Dutchess County Legislature shall determine by resolution whether or not identical or substantially similar state-wide legislation has been enacted for purposes of triggering the provisions of this section. Section 6: Severability If any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this law or the application thereof to any person, individual, corporation, firm, partnership, or Business shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such order or judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this law, or in its specific application. Section 7: Effective Date This local law shall become effective 180 days after filing with the Secretary of State.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Clinton Vineyards party for Joel Tyner, Diane Jablonski, Katherine Moloney, Lisa Ghartey, and Mary Williams-- with Chris Ruhe!

Hi all... Join Diane Jablonski, Katherine Moloney, Lisa Ghartey, Mary Williams, and Phyllis Feder at her Clinton Vineyards and County Legislator Joel Tyner (l'il ol' me lol)-- this Sunday, August 23rd from 2 to 4 pm-- for a fundraising party at 450 Clinton Corners Schultzville Rd, Clinton Corners, 12514!…(even folksinger Chris Ruhe will be joining us as well!). [Yes it's true-- Democratic Dutchess County Executive candidate (and former County Comptroller) Diane Jablonski will be joining Joel at Clinton Vineyards for this-- along with Judge Kathy Moloney, Democratic Dutchess County Court Judge Candidate, Lisa Ghartey, Democratic Candidate for Dutchess County Family Court Judge, and Mary Williams, Democratic Candidate for Dutchess County Clerk!] [see ; ] Just days before the 2013 election, right-wing special interests literally spent $3450 on two huge newspaper ads filled with lies attacking Joel Tyner (a half-page ad in the Poughkeepsie Journal and a full-page ad in the Hudson Valley News). Dutchess GOP aren't playing any games. Co. Leg. Joel Tyner needs our help to mount a re-election campaign to get the truth about what he's accomplished and what his goals are. Can't make it? Please send what you can NOW to Diane, Mary, and/or the Dutchess County Democratic Committee-- and especially: "Keep Joel" 324 Browns Pond Road Staatsburg, NY 12580 [& don't forget to support Lisa Ghartey & Kathy Moloney!] Joel Info: 845-464-2245 Get the facts Saturdays 8-11 am on 950 AM-- call in yourself to Joel's show: 845-471-8180/464-2245. [also see: ; ; ; ; ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Fact: Believe it or not, Joel actually accomplished the following things over the last twelve years he's served in our County Legislature: Rhinebeck into Greenway-- $285,000 from county for Thompson-Mazzarella Park unanimous passage of Joel’s 2015 resolution: energy loan fund for businesses unanimous passage of Joel’s 2015 resolution: divert mentally ill from arrest/jail unanimous passage of Joel’s 2015 resolution: for county parks to go zero waste unanimous passage of Joel’s 2014 resolution: allow opt-out for “smart meters” unanimous passage of Joel’s 2013 resolution: Solarize homeowner discounts unanimous passage of Joel’s 2008 resolution: 5-day week senior centers for yr. strong bipartisan support for Joel’s 2015 letter: ban puppy mill/pet stores here strong bipartisan (22-3) support-- Joel’s 2009 resolution: Lyme health insurance strong bipartisan support for Joel’s 2009 resolution: property tax circuitbreaker strong bipartisan support for Joel’s effort-- restore county historian (2004-2012) solar arrays on county land (for example, at County Airport in Wappinger: 2015) Joel’s housing-first— saving $$$ re: homeless drug addicts/alcoholics (2014) expand Hudson River Housing overnight shelter from 12 beds to 60 beds (2004) ban fracking here in Dutchess & across NY-- move to renewables (2008-2014) Joel’s bimonthly Repair Cafés—appliances & computers fixed free (2014-2015-- thx, Kathleen Everett!) [...besides successfully leading the fight for over a decade now to protect the fundamental pro-jobs, consumer protection of item-pricing in local supermarkets, much more!]

re: pay equity, senior centers, toxic toys, pay-to-play, CCA, more-- need ten of you to step up now to be volunteer superstar firecracker activist coordinators!

Volunteer Superstar Firecracker Coordinators Needed for These 10(!) [pls call me at 845-464-2245 or email me at if you can help!] 1. Dutchess Women Demand Pay Equity The Erie County Industrial Development Agency now only helps firms who can prove pay equity for employees! 2. Senior Centers Open Five Days Dutchess Up until 2010 Dutchess County Office for the Aging Senior Friendship Centers were open five days a week! 3. Kids Ban Toxic Toys in Dutchess Conservative/GOP Westchester Co. Exec Rob Astorino just banned toxic toys; Suffolk, Rockland, Albany too! 4. Ban Pay-to-Play Corruption in Dutchess The GOP-controlled Orange County Legislature banned pay to play; Rockland too-- even Town of Greenburgh! 5. Dutchess Community Choice Aggregation Sonoma Clean Power cut electric bills by 25% with CCA/solar-- Ulster is about to (! 6. New Economy Coalition of Dutchess Cleveland proves Locally Owned Import Substitution works (;! 7. Main Street Not Wall Street for Dutchess Robert Reich recommends following lead of Santa Cruz County— to divest from JPMorgan Chase/Citigroup! 8. Dutchess Demands Consumer Protection Dutchess County had Office of Consumer Affairs for decades to protect local consumers & shoppers until 2011! 9. Dutchess Human Rights Commission Now Dutchess County had Human Rights Commission for decades- for people of color, LGBTQ, disabled-- til 2011! 10. Dutchess Ban Monsanto’s RoundUp Now France, Netherlands, Bermuda, and Sri Lanka have all banned carcinogenic Monsanto’s RoundUp (glyphosate)! […and of course, also needs help stopping unneeded $200 million county jail expansion-- and Citizens Against Antiquated Taxation Systems needs help-- fund schools from income (not property) taxes!] WHVW 950 AM Sat.’s 8-11 am 464-2245

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I've challenged Traudt to debate me Sept 1st at Rhinebeck Town Hall (5:30 pm)-- email get him to answer these 15 questions publicly...

Hi all... This morning at 8 am I sent the email below to my Conservative/GOP opponent this fall, Tom Traudt, challenging him to debate me on the fifteen questions below that Traudt has thus far refused to answer-- Tuesday, Sept. 1st at 5:30 pm at Rhinebeck Town Hall at 80 East Market Street... Note-- interestingly, yesterday (Weds.) at 3:40 pm Traudt emailed me, in response to my many requests over the last month for his positions on the fifteen issues below, the following reply: "it's simply inappropriate for me to answer questions coming from you during the campaign"... [lol!] OK-- well if Traudt has deemed me personally as somehow not being qualified enough to be entitled to learn his positions on these issues before the election, I'm at least going to make it as easy as possible for others in Rhinebeck and Clinton to ask Traudt questions like the ones below-- by challenging him to debate me openly and publicly... Email him yourselves folks-- at demand that he or his rep show up to answer these 15 questions at the Sept. 1st debate challenge at Rhinebeck Town Hall-- and demand that he answer these 15 questions sooner rather than later-- well before this November's election! [pass it on] Joel 464-2245/876-2488 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [here below is the email I sent Traudt this morning-- over 9 hours ago; no response yet] From: Joel Tyner To: 4 Dutchess Subject: Tom-- debate challenge Tues. Sept. 1st 5:30 pm; my campaign staff will contact you...Joel Tom-- thx again for your response... Someone from my campaign will also contact you...but I just wanted to give you a heads-up. I'm challenging you to debate me on the fifteen issues below (and/or any others you want) Tues. Sept. 1st 5:30 pm at Rhinebeck Town Hall. [later that evening would also be fine with me] Former Assemblyman Joel Miller and I civilly debated each other as opponents a decade ago at Roy C. Ketcham High School without a moderator-- I know you and I are capable of the same. I really do strongly believe voters in Rhinebeck and Clinton have a right to know exactly how the the two of us feel about these fifteen crucial issues below-- long before the November election. Joel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [here below is one of the emails I sent Traudt over the weekend; we deserve answers, folks] Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 10:14:58 -0400 From: Joel Tyner ( To: Subject: Tom-- just 15 questions here-- I think we have a right to know your positions on these.... Hi Tom... Listen-- nothing personal-- but I honestly think folks in Rhinebeck and Clinton have a right to know your positions on these you can-- pls let me know your thoughts on these fifteen questions: 1. Do you agree with the current administration's plans to spend at least $125 million on jail expansion? 2. Do you think pay-to-play should be banned in our county government to end conflicts of interest? 3. Do you think our county government should issue RFP's (Requests for Proposals) for big projects? 4. Do you think LOIS (Locally Owned Import Substitution) should be used in Dutchess to create jobs? 5. Do you think that county taxpayer subsidies should end for profitable firms paying poverty wages? 6. Do you think our county should have Community Choice Aggregation to help homeowners, 7. Do you think our county should close its official bank accounts with JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup? 8. Do you think DART (Domestic Abuse Response Team) should be covering all of Dutchess County? 9. Do you think the Human Rights Commission should be restored to our county government? 10. Do you think that Youth Bureau Project Return should be restored to our county government? 11. Do you think 5-day week should be restored to county Office for Aging Senior Friendship Centers? 12. Do you think that the Office of Consumer Affairs should be restored to our county government? 13. Do you think our county incinerator should close asap by our county moving towards zero waste? 14. Do you think toxic toys or children's clothing containing lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, benzene, antimony, benzene, or formaldehyde should be banned from being sold here in Dutchess County? 15. Do you think glyphosate should be banned from being sprayed in Dutchess County/NY/U.S.? It's not just me here in Rhinebeck and Clinton that wants to know how you feel about these issues... Many of us here in Northern Dutchess want to know your thoughts on these; pls let us know-- thx. Joel

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monsanto's RoundUp (glyphosate) carcinogenic-- April Marie Farley agrees-- time to ban it here in Dutchess County as in Netherlands, Bermuda, Sri Lanka!

[thx tons to my Beacon County Legislator colleague April Marie Farley for agreeing just now at tonight's full board meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature to sign on to my letter here just below calling on Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to immediately ban glyphosate (Monsanto's RoundUp) from being used on county property-- towards a complete ban on its use across Dutchess/NYS/U.S.! to build support folks-- let's go...Joel (see: ; ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - August 10, 2015 Mr. Marcus Molinaro Dutchess County Executive Dutchess County Office Building 22 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Dear County Executive Molinaro (Marc): We, the various undersigned members of the Dutchess County Legislature, ask that you make sure our county’s Public Works Department commits to not use Monsanto’s RoundUp or any other product containing glyphosate on county property across Dutchess. Bermuda, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands have already similarly banned glyphosate from being used there. Bans and restrictions on glyphosate are being implemented across the globe due to the fact that glyphosate (the main ingredient in RoundUp) has been directly linked to several major health issues, including: birth defects, nervous system damage, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, various forms of cancer, and kidney failure. Sri Lanka recently cited deadly kidney disease as their reason for banning his product. Indeed, The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the fact that glyphosate can cause cancer. What’s even more disturbing is the fact that studies have shown that RoundUp herbicide is over one hundred times more toxic than regulators claim. For example, a new study published in the journal Biomedical Research International shows that Roundup herbicide is 125 times more toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate studied in isolation.The eye opening abstract reads as follows: “Pesticides are used throughout the world as mixtures called formulations. They contain adjuvants, which are often kept confidential and are called inerts by the manufacturing companies, plus a declared active principle, which is usually tested alone. We tested the toxicity of 9 pesticides, comparing active principles and their formulations, on three human cell lines. Glyphosate, isoproturon, fluroxypyr, pirimicarb, imidacloprid, acetamiprid, tebuconazole, epoxiconazole, and prochloraz constitute, respectively, the active principles of 3 major herbicides, 3 insecticides, and 3 fungicides. Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles. Our results challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake for pesticides because this norm is calculated from the toxicity of the active principle alone. Chronic tests on pesticides may not reflect relevant environmental exposures if only one ingredient of these mixtures is tested alone.” One recent study published in the Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology has now proven that animals and humans who consume GMO foods – those that are loaded with glyphosate chemicals, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp – have extremely high levels of glyphosate in their urine. It’s also noteworthy to mention that there are Wikileaks documents showing how the United States planned to “retaliate and cause pain” on countries who were refusing GMOs. It’s troubling to think that so many children are within proximity of and playing on lawns that have been sprayed with this stuff. Cancer is not a mystery, it is not a stroke of bad luck, it’s time for the world to wake up and realize what research has been confirming for years. Thank you for your attention to this matter— the children and families of Dutchess County express our appreciation.