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Global Frackdown! Local Action

October 6, 2014 by pegjohnston

Here in NY, we are targeted for fracking infrastructure.
Dominion Transmission Inc. (DTI) -- the same folks that brought you Cove Point LNG -- is now threatening to dramatically expand the use of fracked gas in New York State and pump hundreds of thousands of tons of greenhouse gas into the air. Dominion calls it their "New Market Project".
 
The project would increase by 112,000 Dekatherms per day the capacity of Dominion's main pipeline, which brings gas north from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to the Finger Lakes, Syracuse, and points east to Albany. But to push larger and faster volumes of gas through its aging pipeline, Dominion intends to build two big new compressor stations in Chemung County (Horseheads) and Madison County (Georgetown), and massively expand a third one in Montgomery County, south of Fort Plain near the Otsego County line. Additional facilities would also be built or modified in Dryden, Utica, and Schenectady.
 
More gas means more fracking, air and water contamination, risks to public health, and accelerated climate change. And the three proposed compressor stations would be huge, noisy 11,000 horsepower industrial facilities that threaten public safety and continuously pump carbon dioxide, methane, and hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere 24/7. Altogether, they would be responsible for over 200,000 tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions each year.
 
To make matters worse, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is not even requiring an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider impacts. Instead, the project is being reviewed through a much more abbreviated process called an Environmental Assessment (EA). Furthermore, despite the fact that Dominion's New Market Project impacts much of New York State and spans 200 miles of pipeline, the public has been granted only ONE scoping hearing.
 
This is an outrage, which is why we need a massive turnout of people to voice objections and concerns to FERC bout their process this Wednesday!  Here's where to go:
 
Dominion New Markets Project Scoping Hearing
Wednesday, October 8th at 7:30 pm
Georgetown Town Hall in Madison County
995 State Route 26, Georgetown, NY 13072
 
This is a "scoping" hearing, which allows for preliminary input on the review process. So in addition to objecting to the project, here are a few things to insist be part of FERC's scope of review...
It is an outrage that FERC has scheduled only one scoping hearing for a major project that impacts much of New York and 200 miles of pipeline. Demand that additional scoping hearings be held and that the timeframe for submitting comments be extended.
FERC should require a full Environmental Impacts Statement (EIS) instead of letting Dominion pursue an expedited Environmental Assessment (EA). The EIS process would require a much more comprehensive analysis of direct, indirect, and cumulative induced impacts, critical to a project of this scale. Demand a full EIS.
 
Dominion has named this its "New Market Project" because it wants to create new markets for fracked gas. Therefore, in addition to studying impacts of the project's components, a comprehensive build-out analysis of cumulative impacts resulting from the increased use of fracked gas should be performed, including the likelihood of future power plants, CNG/LNG facilities, and other types of gas-related infrastructure for distribution. A build-out analysis should also be performed of negative environmental, health, and societal impacts of more drilling and fracking enabled by additional flow capacity in the pipeline. Both upstream impacts (like harm to air, land, and water resources from gas wells) and downstream impacts (like radon gas in homes) should be studied.
The Dominion pipeline connects to the Iroquois pipeline, which is planned for reversal so that it will carry gas from the U.S. to Canada. Dominion will therefore be a direct conduit for exporting fracked gas. FERC must analyze this conflict in determining domestic public need. It is also improper segmentation to consider this project without regard to all of the economic and environmental impacts of exporting natural gas, which the project facilitates.
 
A comprehensive health impact assessment should be performed to evaluate the potential negative effects, short and long-term, to people living near and at various distances from the proposed compressor station projects.
 
Surrounded by homes and farms, the expanded Brookman Corner compressor (south of Fort Plain near Otsego County) would spew over 96,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the air every year, nearly twice the emission rate of the other two proposed compressors (each projected to release 54,000 tons per year). This is unacceptable.
The public must be granted full access to information, including critical energy infrastructure information (CEII) necessary to assess emissions and safety factors.
 
The greater risk of pipeline failure due to increased pressure and flow rate must be fully analyzed, especially since parts of Dominion's pipeline network are up to 50 years old, have corroded with age, or may have been constructed using outdated, inferior welding techniques. Maximum allowable operating pressure must be made public and verified.
Safety and compliance records of the operator must be disclosed in the record and considered by FERC.
Link to a video series about the project, compressor stations, and pipelines:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvh7SLHPHPk&list=PLo1TDxDrIRYrjGZwK9pdDJ...

 

Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition Returns in January 2015

October 1, 2014 by pegjohnston

4th BOB JOHNSTON MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AND COMPETITION
SPONSORED BY Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club
January 2 – 31st, 2015

The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 4th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 2-31st, 2015. “This is one of our most popular shows at the Cooperative Gallery,” according to Peg Johnston. “It speaks to how many great photographers we have in this area and their desire to share their art.” It is an open themed Photography Show and Competition and all photographic media and all photographers are eligible to enter. Photographs will be judged by a local professional photographer.

The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansell Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer and member of the Cooperative Gallery. Johnston’s work was also featured in his daughter Peg’s recent “Binghamton: a Photographic Memoir.” This fourth Exhibit is a tribute to his photography. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Each entrant may submit up to 3 photos with an entry fee of $10 each. The open themed show will be judged and cash prizes will be given for Best in Show and two Judge’s Choice photos one each in Color and Black and White. Photos may be sold and the standard 20% commission will be paid to the gallery. All photos must be framed and ready to hang. Two non-adhesive labels must accompany each entry with Title, Name of Photographer, Medium, Price using Arial 14 pt type on a label no larger than 2” X 3” (labels in envelope attached to wire is recommended). In addition, name and complete contact information must be affixed to the back of each photo.

Submissions may be dropped off at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. Binghamton NY on Saturday, December 27, 2014 1-3 pm or Sunday, December 28th 6-8 pm. Photos may be picked up Sun. Feb 1st 2-5 pm and Monday Feb 2nd 3-6 pm. Contact info@cooperativegallery.com or ggould@binghamton.edu (607) 7757-0499 for more information.

Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 2nd at 7 pm at a reception for the artists. The Cooperative Gallery 213 is regularly open Fridays 3-9 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm; there may be additional events announced.

Call for Cover Art

September 30, 2014 by pegjohnston

The Binghamton Poetry Project is looking for cover art for its Fall 2014 printed anthology!  The Binghamton Poetry Project conducts poetry workshops  with diverse audiences in a number of different locations. This poetry is collected from those workshops.

Submission guidelines:

 ♦ Art can be in color, but cannot be a solid color page (must be able to fit onto a white background)

♦ Binghamton-related art is encouraged, but not mandatory

♦ Include a brief artist biography in email (100 words or less)

This text will be distributed to the Broome County community as a representation of local artists and their works.

- Deadline: October 31, 2014 - Email submissions as a PDF to binghamtonpoetryproject@gmail.comwith the subject line Artist’s Name: Cover Art Fall 2014

binghamtonpoetryproject.blogspot.com

Jack Gilroy to be Sentenced

September 30, 2014 by imc-editor

October 1, 2014, Syracuse, NY. UPDATE

  John “Jack” Gilroy, 79, of Endwell, NY and Upstate Drone Action, was sentenced to three months incarceration,three years probation, and $1000 fine by De Witt (NY) Town Judge Robert Jokl.
  "It's time for our justice system to identify the real criminals...not those who carry the message to stop the killing to the gates of Hancock Air Base," said Gilroy in his sentencing statement.  Gilroy was convicted by a six-person jury on July 15th of trespass and obstructing government administration after a twoday jury trial.
  The trial was based on Gilroy’s participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in outside Hancock’s main gate. The event symbolized the terrorizing and killing of innocent people by MQ9 Reaper drone missiles and bombs piloted by Hancock’s 174th Attack Wing. Hancock, near Syracuse, is one of many drone bases perpetrating US drone attacks in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.
"I was proud of the way Jack spoke truth to power, stood for nonviolence instead of war, and brought the reality and names of victims of drones into the court," said Fr. Tim Taugher, Gilroy’s long-time friend and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Binghamton.  "Our courts can't allow the truth to be heard. This is one of many ways our country is trying to squelch truth, debate, dialogue, and discussion of the morality of the use of drones.”

  Immediately upon sentencing  Gilroy, a military veteran and retired high school teacher, was taken in handcuffs to Jamesville Penitentiary  [http://www.ongov.net/correction/visitingHours.html].

Jack Gilroy, 79, Broome County Peace Action Board member and longtime activist who has Honorable Discharges from both the US Navy and US Army will be sentenced by Judge Robert Jokl on Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 PM at the DeWitt Court House, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057-8509. 

Gilroy was convicted of trespass and obstructing government administration for his participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in at Hancock Killer Drone base where missiles and bombs are fired via satellite just sixty miles away from Broome County.  The maximum penalty is one year and 15 days in Jamesville Penitentiary. 

Gandhian waves of nonviolent resisters to drone warfare by the 174th Attack Wing of the Hancock Air Force National Guard has been ongoing for the past five years. His trial was based on his participation in an April 28th 2013 solemn funeral procession and die-in to illustrate the death and destruction of innocent people by drone missiles and bombs fired out of Hancock Air Force Base. Hancock is one of many drone bases around the United States doing assassinations of Muslim suspects in foreign nations. 

Gilroy had an opportunity to plead guilty without penalty but noted that “the guilty are not those who carry the message to stop the killing.”   He and others who have been arrested at the gates of the 174th Attack Wing all have taken oaths of non-violence. Gilroy and many others believe the United States extrajudicial killing of suspects is not only immoral and illegal but has become the premier recruiting tool for terrorists. 

For more information on this issue please call Jack at 754-8105

Argentina Faces US Contempt Hearing

September 26, 2014 by Advocacy

US Federal Judge Thomas Griesa scheduled Argentina to appear for a contempt hearing on Monday, September 29. At issue is Argentina's failure to follow a court order to only continue to pay the 92% of bondholders who restructured after the country's 2001 default if Argentina pays a group of hold-out hedge funds. Argentina organized payment to restructured bondholders via an Argentine bank to avoid paying the hedge funds. The hedge funds, popularly known as "vulture funds," are asking the judge to hold Argentina in contempt and fine the South American country $50,000 per day.

"A contempt ruling probably won't help resolve the situation," said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious financial reform organization Jubilee USA. "The case continues to highlight how ineffective US courts are at resolving debt disputes."

At a similar hearing in August, Judge Griesa declined to find Argentina in contempt, noting: "In my judgment, it does not add to the scales of settlement to make a finding of contempt." In September, however, the Argentine Congress approved a debt swap bill to pay the restructured bondholders and circumvent the US court's decision to pay the hold-outs. Judge Griesa has called that bill "illegal." In a brief to the US Appeals Court in 2012, the US government argued Judge Griesa's ruling would harm New York as a center of finance because countries would avoid jurisdictions where predatory behavior is tolerated.

"This predatory behavior hurts investors and countries of all sizes," noted LeCompte. "The precedent in this case will hurt developing countries like Grenada and the Democratic Republic of the Congo."

Monday's contempt hearing comes days after Argentine President Christina Fernández de Kirchner's speech to the United Nations General Assembly about the dangers of predatory behavior. Fernández thanked countries that supported a recent UN resolution to advance an international bankruptcy process. The resolution passed September 9 by a vote of 124-11. A global debt resolution process could potentially prevent holdout litigation and limit defaults.

"In UN votes and IMF meetings, most of the world is saying the status quo is not working," said LeCompte, who serves on UN debt expert groups and attended the Argentine President's UN speech. "World leaders want both the predators to be stopped and defaults to become less likely. Only a bankruptcy process can achieve both."

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

Conference on Environment in Binghamton Oct 2-4

September 25, 2014 by pegjohnston

Weather-related disasters associated with climate change have driven regional mitigation plans to address infrastructure and personal property. But what are the grander scale impacts to agriculture, energy and ecosystems? What adaptations must be made to ensure a reliable food supply? Thinking long-term, what practical steps can help convert from conventional energy sources to those that help slow and ultimately reverse emissions that spur climate change? This year’s Conference on the Environment (COE) will explore a series of topics that attempt to answer these complex questions, illustrated with best practices and ways to take action.  Registration $95, includes ticket to Horse Flies concert, $20 Local Tour. Topics covered include our three breakout tracks:

• Local Food Systems: Learn about innovative local food programs in the Southern Tier, discuss new frontiers in urban agriculture, and discuss multidimensional aspects of local food systems.

• Climate Change, Adaptation and Natural Resource Management: Managing natural resources, climate smart communities and local adaptation strategies, and the ecosystem effects of climate change in New York.

• Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: This track features lessons learned from solar energy campaigns across the state, successes and challenges in the Green Jobs, Green New York program, and the remaking of New York’s energy system.

Opening Event: Musical guests the Horse Flies will kick off the 2014 Conference on the Environment. This event is included in your conference registration fee and there will be a cash bar during the event. General admission tickets are also available for $20 ($15 for students). Proceeds beyond cost will benefit BRSC and the Broome Country Environmental management Council.

Dynamic Field Tour: The conference concludes with a tour that includes stops at the Binghamton Urban Farm with a representative from VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments). As a part of the 19th National Solar Tour, participants will also visit area homes that have been upgraded for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Transportation will be provided by Binghamton University OCCT and sponsored by the Binghamton University Outdoors Club.

Deadline for Registration Sept. 30th! http://www.nyscoe.org/register/

Support Group Forming for Sexual Assault Survivors

September 25, 2014 by pegjohnston

The Crime Victims Assistance Center is forming a support group for Sexual Assault survivors. For more information  download the flyer or call the Center at 723-3200.

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VINES: Community Meal at United Presbyterian - Volunteers Needed

September 24, 2014 by artisalive

The United Presbyterian Church located at 42 Chenango Street hosts a free community meal every Tuesday that typically serves well over one hundred people. Next Tuesday on September 30th, VINES will be in charge of preparing the next community meal. But we can't do it alone--we need your help! 

We're looking for volunteers to help us in preparing, cooking, and serving the food that evening to many hungry people. If you love to cook, figure out creative dishes and recipes, or just love to see people happy while doing something with a positive impact, come down and be a part of another great effort to help make Binghamton more food secure. 

If you would like to volunteer for the event or are interested in more information, please contact us at (607) 205-8108 or email americorps@vinesgardens.org. Cooking a meal for a community is a big responsibility--and we'd love to have your input and support. Hope to see you there!
 

Worldwide PhotoWalk

September 22, 2014 by pegjohnston

Matthew Card is  the Binghamton, NY leader again for this year’s Worldwide PhotoWalk.  Note that there is another one in Broome County starting at State Park.  http://kelbyone.com/photowalk/walk/binghamton-ny-united-states/

October 11th 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Starting Place  Historic train station at 45 Lewis Street in Binghamton Post Walk Dinner  :  Little Venice at 7:30pm. 

Bill Baburchak will lead another PhotoWalk at State Park starting at 8 am - 11 am.

The walk will begin at the historic train station at 45 Lewis Street in Binghamton, and then head down Chenango Street where we will pass Little Venice , the new bus station , and we will pass more historic architecture  including the Stone Opera House, designed by Sanford O. Lacy and E.H. Bartoo, likely under Isaac Perry's supervision.

The distinctive façade of this building is rough-hewn red sandstone. Above the entrance is an ornamented arch framing a stone balcony.  Promoted as the most impressive opera house between New York City and Buffalo, this building was truly a showplace where prominent personalities including Sarah Bernhardt, John Drew, Ethel and John Barrymore, Eddie Foy and George M. Cohan, Teddy Roosevelt, Emanuel Goldberg performed.  Years later the building became a movie theater. Enroute on Chenango Street we will also see some of Binghamton’s most historic and magnificent architecture.  Binghamton prides itself on many very interesting buildings built in the 19th and early 20th centuries including the Courthouse and the Perry Building.  Both were designed by Isaac G. Perry, a famous architect from Binghamton.  Another historic landmark we we will see is the Press Building, a magnificent building detailed with an unusually elaborate display of Victorian exuberance. The Press building was designed by T.I Lacey & Sons and housed  one of our local newspapers, which later became the Press and Sun-Bulletin.   We will passing  by the First Presbyterian Church on Chenango Street as we make our way towards the Broome County Courthouse.

After spending some time photographing the courthouse and  Security Mutual Building, another building designed by  T.I Lacey & Sons. If you look towards the top of this building you might see some of the Peregrine Falcons which nest at the top of the building.  We will then walk past the old Broome County Library, one of the original Carnegie Libraries, built in 1904.    We then will head down Exchange Street to Hawley and take a right on Hawley and passing the government plaza complex. We will take a right on to State Street  and pass the old Stephens Square building. We will make our way down  to Court Street and left  for one block to Washington Street and then we will take a left go all the way to the South Washington Street bridge .

Then we will spend some time around the Washington Street bridge and Confluence Park before heading down the Binghamton Riverwalk .    The rest of the route  will be inspired by the group. 

For everyone's attention: FAQs

Those signing up should meet at the Train Station at 4:30 p.m.  15 minutes before our scheduled departure time of 4:45 p.m.  There is a limit of 50 people for the walk, so please sign up early.  In fairness to the group , if you sign up please do attend or contact me 48 hours in advance if must cancel to open up a space for others.  If you any questions, feel free to contact me at matt@matthewcard.com. I look forward to meeting all of you !!  This will be a great opportunity to network with other photographers and share ideas and common experience .

FAQ’s about our Photo Walk through Binghamton:

1.            Expertise - You do not need to be a professional photographer to participate in the walk.

2.            Film or Digital - A disposable 35mm camera, a smartphone/camera will work just as well as the greatest and latest camera out there. A digital camera would be best if you want to share your pictures with everyone after our walk. This walk is for photographers of all levels of photographers and our number one goal is to have a great time shooting.   

3.            Parking - You will be able to park at the Train Station. 

4.            Gear - It up to you how much gear you carry. Some people like to travel light, but others like to bring tripods and lots of gear ,  it totally up to you what you bring .

5.            Clothing - Remember to dress for the weather.  Keep an eye on the weather report a few days before the walk. 

6.            Food - If you want to bring a snack or a drink, please feel free to do so.

7.            People and Property - As always, it is very important to be courteous and respectful of the people and property of Binghamton. This is a public walk and it may be crowded, so we will all need to watch out for fellow photographers as we all will be trying to get the best shot.   If you are photographing individuals, remember to ask their permission. ?  For children you need to get their parent’s permission.  This is a worldwide photo walk and we hope our group’s photographs will showcase Binghamton. 

8.            Be Helpful - Since we expect to have photographers at different skill levels, and this is a collaborative event, it would be wonderful if the more advanced photographers might reach out and help others who are less experienced than you are during the walk.  This walk should be a great opportunity to learn from each other and have a great time doing it.

9.            Safety, Safety, SAFETY – I can’t stress this enough, watch your gear at all times be sure to secure your cell phones and wallets. We would like to minimize potential problems that could mar your fun during the walk. Whatever or wherever you shoot, please put your safety and the safety of others first.  It is easy to get so involved in photographing that you forget about your environment. 

PUBLIC HEARING

September 21, 2014 by activ60

ALERT Broome County Save Our Clinic Coalition Mental Health Public Hearing Tuesday Oct 7 6-8 pm At Broome County Library

One Broome County employee(not in mental health) states that “we need to do what is best for the County.” The same person has been told that the mentally ill can get services within three weeks. Keep in mind that most staff at the MH Clinic will not speak publicly for fear of job loss through black balling. What does that say about what is best for the quality of life in Broome County? Now, how many definitions would you make for what is best for the County? Is what is best for the County best for an individual? The so-called transition to privatized mental health services has been a rough and bumpy road for many. After one person went public on TV that she had waited four months she got a call for an appointment a few weeks ago. But we know others who are still waiting. One who has waited four months will now get an appointment in December. Another person who had their paperwork sent to the agency did not get in yet after four months because the paperwork was ‘lost’ and had to be resubmitted. And then there was a dual-diagnosis person who has been waiting since last December. There is a stack of referral papers on the clinical director’s desk waiting for an opening with the staff. You must remember that the staff who ‘transitioned’ to the private agency already had at least a caseload of fifty people each was bringing to the agency. They had to dribble in over time as the new registration paperwork got done; therefore their sessions were interrupted. It was not an instant entry of just showing one’s insurance card. But the bottom line was that the individual client did not have a choice of agency. Some were separated either from their therapist or from their medication prescriber. The Republican legislators refused to have a public hearing by tabling a vote. They continue their stealth tactic of eliminating positions through the budget process. Only one part time social worker will enter 2015. The other three full time social workers will be gone; it is down to two now. Most other clerical support staff will be gone in Dec leaving one and a half. All nurse practitioners will be ‘transferred’; leaving a half time psychiatrist.

Keep these dates in mind.
Tuesday Oct 7 6-8 pm Coalition Mental Health Public Hearing at BC Library
Thursday Oct 9 5 pm BC Legislature Public Hearing on the Budget Wed Oct 22 5pm Leg Mental Health on Health & Human Services Committee Review
Thursday Nov 13 5 pm 2nd BC Leg Public Hearing on the Budget
Thursday Nov 20 5 pm Reg Mtg of BC Legislature Some think the new seats in the Arena and Forum are best for the County. What could we barter for that new scoreboard? Others hope to keep a public nursing home. Tioga County just stopped its public transportation; is Broome next? Do the mentally ill deserve easy access to appointments within two weeks (like the State required). Do we want quality care and parity for the mentally ill in Broome County?

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