Rally Report and Upcoming Meetings

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Hello, everyone. For those of you who attended the rally on Thursday, thank you for coming out in questionable weather and staying through the downpour! For those of you unable to attend, here’s a summary from one of our active supporters, Jim Hoffman:


The event attracted a huge, enthusiastic and involved crowd demonstrating the fact that Lighthouse Wind is a very unpopular project for our area. The homemade signs were innovative and added spirit to the event. The visuals (the fly over of a plane at 650’ and 220’ of barricade tape representing the length of one turbine blade) got a lot of attention and comments. New faces were present and the crowd was friendly. The program went smoothly, introductions were appropriate, speakers were concise and to the point, thus holding the interest of the group. The heavy downpour did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the group.”


Another supporter, Julie Slaby, added:

There were hundreds of people there, and when the rain really started to fall, we all still stayed.  I think that speaks to how important this issue is to the local communities and how great our concerns are. Overall, I left feeling energized and empowered, and I think others did as well.  If SOS hosts more events like the rally on Thursday, I think the number of community members who feel empowered rather than small and helpless will continue to grow.”


Speakers at this event included:

  • Kate Kremer, SOS Vice President, as emcee

  • Pam Atwater, SOS President

  • Senator Robert Ortt

  • Niagara County Legislator John Syracuse

  • Town of Yates Supervisor Jim Simon

  • Town of Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert

  • Niagara USA Chamber Director of Government Affairs Kory Schuler

  • Dennis Vacco, former NYS Attorney General and counsel for the Town of Somerset

Present but not speaking:

  • Congressman Chris Collins was unable to attend but sent his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mike Kracker, as a representative

  • Michael Norris, current Somerset Town attorney and running unopposed for the NYS Assembly.

See below for links to media coverage of the event.


SOS needs people to write letters to the editor to take advantage of the high visibility we’ve gained in recent days. Instructions for sending letters to newspapers and various online outlets can be found at the bottom of this page on our website: Please submit your letter to more than one outlet. For those of you in the Rochester area, please consider sending letters to those papers. We haven’t had much coverage in that region.


DPS COMMENTS ARE BEING NOTICED IN ALBANY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Write a letter and have your family members and friends write one. Comments should be based on facts and personal experience and do not have to be lengthy. They should be directed to the DPS staff, not to others’ comments.  The link to that website is:


We are planning to have a volunteer orientation session. If you did not sign up at the rally and want to learn more about SOS and volunteer, please use this link to send us an email and someone will be in touch with you soon.


Upcoming local meetings:

Sept. 1 – Town of Somerset Planning Board, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 – Town of Yates Board Meeting, 7 p.m.; Public Hearing, 7:30 p.m. for the MET tower variance requested by Apex

Sept. 14 – Town of Somerset Town Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


Thank you again to all who made Thursday’s rally such an amazing event. It was wonderful to see some new faces as well as the many friends and supporters we see often. We hadn’t expected such a large crowd but how affirming to know how many of us feel so strongly about Apex’s proposed project. I think we sent the message far and wide: Apex Go Home and Governor Cuomo – Return Local Control! (Don’t you just love our new signs??)


With sincere appreciation for all of you,

Pam Atwater


P.S. As you read the following articles, please note some of the comments made by Cat Mosley, an Apex public affairs manager. She mentions in the Buffalo News article that we have a “fear of the unknown”, that “wind turbines are in our best interest," and that she thinks they “can be beautifulIn the Daily News coverage Ms. Mosley mentions that Apex “encourage(s) the silent majority to dig deeper for factual and well-researched findings.” We represent the majority and we are not silent! We have done our research and have come to a different conclusion which we must continue to share with our communities. (Note that when googled, Ms. Mosley appears to live in Virginia, where they do not currently have any industrial scale wind turbines.)






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