To the Editor:
Residents of St. Lawrence County understand the fault with the concept in Albany that “one size fits all.” Some laws that may make sense in New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester are unnecessary and uncalled for here in Northern New York. This is why I am an advocate for home rule legislation.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed several statewide regulations on wood boilers using the policy “one size fits all.” We are all aware of the numerous proposed regulations, including requiring boilers purchased before 2005 to be replaced by 2015, and smokestacks to be at least 18 foot tall and 2 feet higher than near structures.
I understand the concern that the DEC has about wood boilers being located in highly populated areas. For example, in many of the villages in St. Lawrence County and in the city of Ogdensburg, the use of wood boilers in close proximity would be unfair to local residents. This is why many of these local municipalities already have home rule legislation in place to prevent the installation of wood boilers.
In many areas in St. Lawrence County, the use of wood boilers does not bother neighbors, and is an efficient and cost effective way for our local residents to heat their homes.
I am glad to see that the Legislature passed a resolution opposing these unnecessary regulations that threaten our way of life. As your legislator, I will fight against Albany’s “one size fits all” policy.
Matthew J. Flynn II, Candidate for County Legislator, District 8 (Canton, Potsdam, Madrid)