|When:||View in Calendar » February 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm|
|Where:||View Map » Steele Memorial Library, 101 East Church Street, Elmira,NY 14901, USA|
|Categories:||Chemung Counties Schuyler Steuben|
CPNY is sponsoring a series of public forums to explore how to ensure that citizen voices are heard by elected officials and appointed board members that determine public policy. The first forum will be held at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY.The presenters will be citizens who have been prevented from accessing public information or have been prevented from addressing their concerns at public meetings. Also included will be attorneys familiar with public access law, along with an elected official who feels that citizen access should be expanded.
The forum panel will include:
Wayne Wells and Tim Hargrave of Cameron Mills, Steuben County are long time advocates for seeking safer ways of liquid waste disposal coming from water treatment plants, CAFO agriculture and most recently the Oil and Gas Industry.
David Slottje,Esq. half of the legal team at Community Environmental Defense Council, Inc. (his wife Helen is the other half) has been a pivotal player in the formulation of legal strategies that have effectively guarded localities from unwanted gas drilling. Currently about 150 NY municipalities have sought legal protections.
Rachel Treichler, Esq. has been an equally tireless advocate for protecting the state’s water resources and is currently working to ensure adequate supplies of water will remain in the public domain. She is currently engaged in challenging the tentatively approved up to 1.5 million gallons per day withdrawal from the Painted Post area aquifer.
Jane Russell is the Supervisor of the Town of Pulteney in Steuben County and is one of 600 elected officials in NY who have petitioned the Governor to reconsider the adequacy of the proposed set of regulations called the sGEIS, which may soon be the guiding document for unconventional gas extraction in NY.
The forum moderator for the evening will be former Yates County Legislator, Jack Ossont.