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Michael Caswell

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Senator Samra Brouk has a weird perspective of the situation here. It's all about votes. She's swallowed the rhetoric of a few, and IGNORED the advice of experts in dam engineering, hydrology and canal stewardship.

The TRUTH is that ALL the EXPERTS are telling us the Perinton Embankments are in SERIOUS decline and are continually in danger of collapse. If that happens, thousands of people could drown, and millions of dollars worth of property will be destroyed. The maps of flood zones demonstrate the seriousness of the problem that BROUK seems to be oblivious of.

Her latest broadcast is - 

Our Fight to Protect the Erie Canal
Dear neighbors –

As I reflect back on the many legislative and budget accomplishments this past year, I would be remiss if I didn’t stop for a moment and say thank you to the community members we have been working with to protect one of our community’s most valued treasures – the Erie Canal.


In my first month in Albany, I worked tirelessly behind the scenes with our New York State Senate Majority Conference and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to block then-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget Amendment to move control of the Erie Canal into a trust. I raised the issue in the Senate – my worry was that this last-minute change would have further removed the Canal’s management from being accountable to public input and eliminate public transparency for Canal operations. Thanks to our efforts, and those of elected community leaders who joined this fight, we blocked this amendment and Cuomo’s Erie Canal Budget Amendment was removed from the enacted FY 2021 Budget.


Then in the spring, we began our advocacy work around the Canal Corporation' Earthen Embankment Integrity Plan – first in calling for additional time for public comment on this draft plan. We carefully reviewed the emails you sent us and the calls you made to our office – and met with community leaders (like Virginia Maier and Elizabeth Agte from STOP the CANAL CLEAR CUT). I met privately in our Senate offices with Brian Stratton, Executive Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, and his team to express our grave concern about the Embankment Plan, outline the reasons why our community holds mistrust for the Canal Corp. and the New York Power Authority around canal management, and call for policy changes moving forward.

Based on our advocacy efforts, and the chorus of voices from community members and other elected leaders, the Canal Corp held in-person public meetings to listen to resident concerns. We used the full power of our Senate office (emails, social media, etc) to encourage community members to attend these meetings and submit formal public comments.

Now, we are starting to see results: the Canal Corporation has pledged to never again threaten our community’s scenic beauty by clear cutting along the Erie Canal. The Canal Corporation has also pledged more transparency about its operations – like with its new public information website and maps.

But this fight is not over – I enter this next year with the Erie Canal on my mind. I will stand alongside you to fight any attempts to clear cut trees along the Erie Canal and to continue the conversation about what environmentally friendly stewardship and management of the Canal should look like in the decades ahead.


So there you have it. No regard for the welfare of over a thousand residents living under the threat of flood- NONE!
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Michael Caswell

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Senator Brouk. What a waste of my time!
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2022, 04:33:02 am »
I recently received a second copy of a letter from Senator Brouk, as if to ensure I read it the first time. Perhaps a challenge?

When one cuts through the waffle, the main gist of her letter is this -

But this fight is not over – I enter this next year with the Erie Canal on my mind. I will stand alongside you to fight any attempts to clear cut trees along the Erie Canal and to continue the conversation about what 'environmentally friendly stewardship' and management of the Canal should look like in the decades ahead.


A few months ago, I personally invited Senator Brouk to come to the Oxbow Dam and walk with me to inspect it.
I duly arrived at the bowling alley parking lot and on time, a car pulled up.  But no Brouk, just two of her office staff. I was disappointed that the Senator couldn’t find the time to do this.

As we walked along the tow path towards the Oxbow, I pointed out the various illegal or controlled vegetation (as per NYDEC), but it soon became obvious they weren’t too familiar with this, yet 80% of the vegetation on these embankments falls into this category, so called 'natural vegetation' by some. Therefore 'environmentally friendly stewardship' would mean complying with the NYDEC and removing it, wouldn't it?

I pointed out the huge gulleys, the fallen uprooted trees, the sheer cliff drop down to the houses below. I mentioned slope angles and gradients and ushered them into the brush to see the cliff face, but they declined.  I discussed the Phreatic Line problems, and then it became pretty obvious they had no idea what I was talking about.

I mentioned the threat of those wishing to harm us and pointed out certain features (redacted from FOIL reports), and their eyes glazed over. It was obvious they had no business here, not qualified to make a determination.

So, Senator Brouk is going to fight the Canal Authority, armed with information that two office wallahs (with no dam engineering or invasive plants experience) fed her from a twenty minute walk?  She couldn’t even find the time to take a look at this problem!

No Senator, you had your chance and bungled it. You didn’t do your homework, so how can anyone believe you are in a position to fight anything? You haven’t even armed yourself with a site visit. You haven’t even got any dam engineers working for you. How can anyone believe anything you say?

I suspect this is all a vote catching exercise for you!

And I wasted half a morning on you!

www.change.org/ErieCanalDam

Problems with trees on dams
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/67062.html
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