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Re: Senate Bill S1232 is a valuable lesson on "Groundhog Day"
« on: February 02, 2023, 12:24:41 pm »
Groundhog Day... yea, February 2nd already, and the oversized gopher saw his shadow, someone did math in Pennsylvania and it's 6 more weeks until March 21st, the FIRST official day of Spring, and the end of Winter

But that's not the Groundhog Day I'm referring to.. I'm referring to Groundhog Day the movie, with Bill Murray. And Bill plays a character in that movie that relives the same day, over and over and over again. He wakes up each day at 6am to the same tune, and despite all he can do, it's GROUNDHOG DAY forever.

This duplicated bill is just another indicator of Erie Canal Embankment Maintenance being at a stand-still, in it's own continuous Groundhog Day Hell!

It's redundant work, from a recently elected assemblyman, Republican Josh Jensen, who basically took the work of Robert Ortt and tried to pass it along in another body of legislation. Opps, how much did that cost taxpayers?

First - Note that while some watchdogs of NYS Government are saying that because those two bills are identical, and in both the House & Assembly chambers, that it's ripe for bipartisan approval,  the FACTS are strongly against that:

1) These redundant bills, are both sponsored by Republicans, one in Monroe County, another in Orleans. There's no bi-partisanship yet.

2) Both representatives listened to those folks in opposition to the erie canal embankment work in their districts, and decided that supporting these social media denialist might just result in more votes at the ballot box. After all siding with "environmentalist" seems like a good idea to most. But NOT if they are wrong about what's actually going on with erie canal safety, and ignoring the TRUTH that NYS Canal System officials are sharing.

3) In the case of Josh Jensen, he talked with Agte directly (to my knowledge) and decided to waste the time of the NYS legislative body by sponsoring a Bill that was already in process from another member. 

Or did Josh just look for a way to be a "friend to the environment" and ignore the hundreds of his constituents in Greece NY in danger of a potential canal breach issue?

That's EXACTLY what the NYS Canal Corporation spelled out in their SEQR Document work showing TWO scenarios of flooding in Josh's own district. These flooded neighborhoods are occuring MILES away from the actual breach on the canal, because it's a well known fact to many, that water runs DOWNHILL.

Folks, we have looked at the NYS Legislative Database, and a simple keyword check for Erie Canal in the legislative database would have been in order. This continued IGNORANCE and sloppy work by Mr. Jensen is just highlighting the continued sloppy work in Albany.

Still to this day, Groundhog Day 2023, BOTH of these legislative representatives, have IGNORED the statements from a NYS Agency, that the SAFETY of some NY residents & communities is at risk from uninspected, ill-managed, and unmaintained earthen canal embankments.

And BOTH of these NYS Lawmakers have decided to make it HARDER for the NYS Canal Corporation to fix the problem with their overgrown & unsafe earthen embankment dams,  by throwing another hurdle to jump over...public outreach to "OK" what most other states say is ROUTINE maintenance of earthen dams.

Groundhog Day for sure...Social Media is STILL crippling America...

And State Lawmakers are unable to stop wasting taxpayer money...

Meanwhile it's Groundhog Day 2023 and NYS Canal Corporation Embankment Safety is still being held hostage, because many people in NY Politics and a small group on Facebook still want to deny a simple truth...

No Trees on EARTHEN Dams.
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