Gov. Kathy Hochul just
North Country towns
out of wind and solar
May 4, 2023
Sad news out of Albany for Chateaugay, Churubusco, Bellmont, Ellenburg, Altona, and Burke. The wind and solar energy companies with whom you folks arranged PILOT agreements just screwed you through their lobbyists and their shill, Governor Kathy Hochul.
Hochul sneaked a provision into her new budget (2023) that allows the wind and solar companies a lower property tax rate than what they’re currently paying you in PILOT money. (Notice how NYS governors legislate via their budget. It’s called “sleaze.”)
Years ago, people like me warned your town boards that this would likely happen, but of course we were ignored.
This means that Chateaugay and all these other communities that got suckered by the wind & solar companies are not going to be able to count on that PILOT money in their future budgets. This goes for the school districts, as well.
This article explains the matter succinctly.
Here’s a postscript to the bad news, above. This document just now came to my attention. It illustrates why I call the wind and solar companies, bums. That’s the kindest name I could use for these people. (What I would really like to call them is unprintable.)
Read this petition from a man named Robert Wagner in Fremont NY, asking the NYS Dept. of Public Service to cancel his contract with Baron Winds. Yep, folks, this is the human scum you’re dealing with when you encounter wind and solar companies.