Saturday, April 6, 2013

SCLOC Thanks Lisa Robinson for Her Excellent Letter to Governor Cuomo

It has been almost a year since I had a lengthy conversation with one of your staff members regarding dairy farming and land owner rights and I still do not see any progress in the Southern Tier. Our taxes are the highest in the country and the unemployment rate is higher than the national average. Yes you are trying to make provisions for dairy farmers through the yogurt world, but it is not going to have much effect on the small family farms that occupy your state. While milk pricing is done at the federal level and the policies being proposed in Washington would put just about every small dairy farmer out of business. While you and your constituents want dairy farmers to grow by 15%, Washington wants to pass policies that would penalize farmers if they overproduce based on a history of milk production on their farms. And the second federal policy if passed would leave dairy farmers at a loss because it will open the market up to more manipulation of the CME because of profit margins set by processors and manufacturers. On another note is mineral rights, my family has 465 acres that is still under hefty mortgage and with the highest taxes in the country, you can only imagine the amount of money the state has generated just on our property alone. We have a means to use a natural resource under our feet, but because of a almost five year delay from the state of NY, our family cannot use this resource to benefit our family, town, county, state and country. Yes I am talking about drilling. We live three miles from the PA border and have plenty of landowner friends who have seen the benefits drilling and have been able to pull their livelihoods back together. Horizontal drilling hydraulic fracturing has been done in this state of NY for years and with neighboring states prospering it has taken its toll on the Southern Tier. Yes I can almost hear what you are saying to yourself, there are other natural resources (wind and solar) but just so that you know wind studies in this area have proven it is not feasible and my family does not want to loose acres of cropland and pastures to solar panels that would cover a landscape of beautiful open fields, where the cows, deer, turkeys, coyotes, rabbits etc. roam freely. Those acres that would be covered in panels would not be able to produce harvestable crops or graze the cows. Than comes the fact if one malfunctions, where would one dispose of it? Governor Cuomo, while you gave your State of Address, I asked myself why you should be the Governor of this State many times because all I was able to see from you was a dictator with your theme of rafting down the river with your influential friends promoting non-necessities to life like alcohol and mind altering drugs. Governor Cuomo, it is time to look at the greater picture of NY what may be great and wonderful for the City, is not logical for the southern tier. While the City benefits from the resources of upstate, the southern tier is crumbling, families have been destroyed because of the lack of work, government regulations stop landowners from creating revenue, domestic violence is out of control along with alcohol and drug addictions, and you my dear Governor and the State have the audacity to promote and advertise more alcohol, drugs and gambling. Wow, how many more families will be destroyed? How many more business's will leave the Southern Tier? How many more people on unemployment? It's time Governor for you to make a decision for these landowners, they own mineral rights which come with a value that they have paid for and who will compensate these landowners because these rights have been denied for almost five years which could have saved many from foreclosure, bankruptcy, suicide and health related deaths because of the lack of health care facilities and the lack of income. Once again Governor, it's time for a decision and I would personally appreciate a response. Thank you Lisa Robinson, Steuben County Landowner and Dairy Farmer.

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