MASSENA – A Colton man running for Congress, whose recent demonstrations have provoked two disorderly conduct arrests, will be at Massena Springs Park on Labor Day to speak about chemical pollution of waters and lands in the North Country.
In announcing his planned appearance, Green Party congressional candidate Donald Hassig said, “The Labor Day parade and picnic in the Village of Massena is a perfect venue for starting the dialogue that will usher in the days of science based pollutant exposure minimization in this poisoned place.
“We can all simply get together and talk about changing things for the better. I will be at the Massena Springs Park on Labor Day 2012 doing just that."
Hassig was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly got too loud during a song and dance demonstration in Watertown designed to highlight the contamination at the former New York Air Brake plant. Police charged him with disorderly conduct; he posted $100 bail.
He was also arrested earlier this summer for making an "educational" presentation and dancing at the Parishville town beach.
Hassig, running in the 21st Congressional District against incumbent Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh and Republican challenger Matt Doheny of Watertown, is a long-time environmental and political activist from Colton whose mission has been to draw attention to persistent organic pollutants, their effects, and ways to alleviate the contamination and damage to health they cause.