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Michael Caswell

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Pittsford Mayor pipes in!
« on: August 13, 2020, 06:18:58 am »
That Facebook group is complaining - again - on their Stop the Canal Clear-Cut page!     This time it's the dry grass on the embankment slopes.

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s1080x2048/117863254_10218938319388665_5274904944278984183_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=G_OBUAxik0gAX8dcfb_&_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&_nc_tp=7&oh=d5afacdcd7c5763ddb0093a88f9d0fd3&oe=5F59B165

But Mayor  Corby pipes in  - see the comments section - "That dead grass will definitely stabilize the bank!"

If the village of Pittsford was so concerned, surely Mayor Corby could get the fire brigade to pump a little water out of the canal and onto the embankment?
It's August, grass dies back this time of year. It will grow back soon enough.

Stop whining - please.

« Last Edit: August 27, 2020, 12:33:55 pm by Doug K »

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You know, after reading Mike's post I thought perhaps this Mayor was uninformed. So I decided to send Mr. Corby an email. and let him know he was complaining about embankment maintenance work that was done to REPAIR unsafe embankment dam conditions along the Canal he claims to love. I was going to give him a couple posts to read that explain about earthen dam safety, and how HIS public would be in danger if his words of a washout came true

Then I took the time to read a little more about his position on the Erie Canal Embankment Integrity, and decided to write this letter instead...



Mr. Corby,

Mr. Mayor, just so you are aware, you are fighting AGAINST public safety by your continual rant that trees need to be spared along Erie Canal Earthen Dams. Your position that trees along the canal are good in some way, is slowly falling apart, just like the dozens of trees falling into and around the canal & trail these days. Go look at the posts on Facebook of the Group you are supporting under Ms. Agte. They are all seeing trees falling and showing them along the trail.

https://ecna.createaforum.com/general-discussion/yet-another-tree-down-into-the-navigation-channel/msg1257/?topicseen#msg1257 

Hard to believe that someone in your position would take such a definitive stand against public safety based on the "opinions" of a Facebook group who's been proven wrong time & time again. Here's another ECNA post that shows that your idea of grass somehow "destabilizing" embankments is all "wet" as well.

https://ecna.createaforum.com/the-stop-the-clearcut-argument/an-easy-solution-to-the-stop-the-canal-clear-cut-problems/msg1254/?topicseen#msg1254

You have the right to believe what you want sir, but when your BELIEFS put the general public in DANGER, the line has to be drawn. You are treading on ground as unstable as embankments covered with trees, with your claims that "nothing is wrong" with the canal. The property owners have been crystal clear on their message of safety, and you sir, have helped to minimize that message.

Mayor, just be aware that much of what the Stop the Canal Clear-Cut group has been saying for the past 3 years borders on nonsense, and lies. And you are in support of this ignorance of public safety repairs along the canal, which is evident by your own statements.

https://ecna.createaforum.com/perinton-canal-embankment-discussion/pittsford-mayor-supervisor-still-don't-get-it/msg946/#msg946 

Will it take someone dying from a falling tree in Pittsford before you wake up and see the danger you are placing the public in with your short-sighted views?

Because when that happens the ECNA will be the FIRST in line to tell the public that YOU ignored all the signs and warnings.

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Take Care,
Douglas Kucmerowski





Mayor Corby is maybe the only Mayor I have heard of in the area, that has decided to fight against the public's safety and the work that's ongoing along these raised earthen dams that make up our section of the canal. It's quite a bold move, play to the environmental vote. But if a flood does happen, because the trees are not removed from embankments, or someone DIES because a tree fell on them during their walk along the Erie Trail in Pittsford, I am sure the Mayor might regret that decision afterwards.



But what MANY people would like to know is what these TWO leaders in the community are going to do when the New York State Canal Corporation restarts their Earthen Embankment Integrity Program work in Perinton & Fairport early in 2021.




The final touches are being put on the Environmental plans and the Canal Corporation is preparing the Embankment Clearing Handbook and Guide. It's only a matter of time before they get to the most unsafe embankments they have east of Rochester. The Oxbow Lake dam is perhaps one of the worst, and has already had to have EMERGENCY REPAIRS done once to keep it from breaching.

Will the Fairport Mayor decide to fight against the safety of the public and stand in the way of canal embankment repairs and tree clearing to make the Empire Trail safer?

What will the Town Supervisor in Perinton do, will he fight against a safety program? His Town has a bit more than 11 miles of canal running through it, much of it deemed unsafe & unable to be inspected properly. The Oxbow Dam alone is more than 3/4 of a mile and has heights that are close to 50 feet from top to toe.

What will residents say if UNSAFE Erie Canal Embankments remain, forcing many to buy Flood Insurance to protect themselves and their property from local leaders who failed to properly protect them ?

I guess we will all have to wait and see...




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Just to be crystal clear, here's what the towns east of Rochester are fighting about. it's what repaired Canal Embankments look like, when they are made SAFE AGAIN

https://ecna.createaforum.com/eerp-phase-3-discussion-board-evergreen-barrier-planting/erie-canal-embankment-trail-work-is-now-complete-see-the-latest-pictures/?message=1270

Here's two pictures from that story...







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With all that has been seen on our local news lately, regarding the BLM movement, it would appear that the Mayors of Pittsford & Fairport have much BIGGER issues to solve in their respective Villages besides tree-covered Canal Embankments.

Trying to stop a safety program aimed to help residents, shouldn't be something considered as "a good use of their time".

They can chose to continue a fight AGAINST the safety of their residents and try to stop this needed Erie Canal Embankment repair & maintenance work. Or they could fight the huge DIVERSITY ISSUES in their own neighborhoods and work to change what looks to be a very "white-washed" community.

Once again it's the numbers that don't lie, and the facts thet tell the REAL story... just like data that supports Erie Canal repairs. 









Here's the websites that have been condensed down to fit in those two pictures


https://www.roadsnacks.net/whitest-cities-in-new-york/

http://www.city-data.com/city/Pittsford-New-York.html

https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/pittsford-ny-population
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To be clear, this appears to be following a pattern in the both towns & villages, but Perinton / Fairport are by far the least diverse.

No wonder a few Black Lives Matter signs were torn down in the past months by a few locals in Fairport, it appears they just don't fit there...




As always, here are the links to check the facts, the ECNA shares few opinions and mostly facts that support the truth being told here.

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/perintontownmonroecountynewyork

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/pittsfordtownmonroecountynewyork



Do the math yourself... here's the averages for New York State & Monroe County





https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/monroecountynewyork

https://worldpopulationreview.com/states/new-york-population
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And just so you understand how dilapidated this canal system is, here is a major repair carried out a couple of years ago. If this hadn't been done, many people living around Jefferson Avenue could have perished in an Erie Canal embankment breach.

https://eriecanalfacts.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/340/
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Mike,  I'm pretty sure that the consensus about Erie Canal Safety in Fairport & Pittsford has come down to this sad statement:

If people don't believe Canal Embankments are unsafe, they simply won't be hurt or killed or have property & lives swept away in a Flood, because there is NOTHING wrong with the Canal, so nothing is going to happen to them.

Much easier for Town & Village official to take the "ostrich approach" and simply stick their heads in the sand when it comes to Erie Canal Embankment Dam safety.


Someone who DIDN'T stick their head in the sand, when it comes to BLM & Diversity issues in Fairport, is the Deputy Mayor there. Here's his statement from June 2020, when the Black Lives Matter movement was hitting it's stride, turning protests into policy. We posted this earlier, and it still rings true today.

Sadly it won't change anything in a Town or Village that doesn't think a 'whitewashed community' is any worse for them than unsafe earthen canal dams.


https://ecna.createaforum.com/fairport-village/fairport-deputy-mayor-postson-facebook-re-blm/msg1171/#msg1171