New York State’s 116th Assembly River District stretches from Sackets Harbor to
Massena along New York’s 4th seacoast, made up of the most beautiful freshwater
rivers and lakes in the world.
Our rivers and lakes are our greatest resource, providing irrigation to our farmland,
powering generators at hydroelectric facilities to power our homes and, clean drinking
water. It is critically important to preserve and protect our God given natural resources,
especially when it comes to clean water.
Across Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, every town board, village board, county
legislature and city council will share some frustration over failures of New York State to
take responsibility and make Clean Water a real priority. Aging infrastructure, or none at
all, not only puts our environment at risk; it often puts the health of our communities at
Investing in sewer and water infrastructure projects is simply smart development. We
need the allow North Country communities to control their own destiny in development.
“We have been blessed with some of the most beautiful rivers, lakes and streams in
Northern New York,” says Assembly candidate Mark Walczyk. “But our so-called
“leaders” in Albany continue to divert our hard earned tax money away from cleaning up
pollution that in some case poisons our rivers, streams and lakes. Instead, they want to
divert state funds to a host of make work projects, legislative pork barrel and silly land
We need to bring the environmentalists together to focus on proven projects that can
help create real jobs, long term economic development and measurable reductions in
“In many of our towns and villages, outdated sewer projects have frozen the ability of
local leader to reduce pollution and help spur new economic development and job
creation,” Walczyk. “It’s only makes common sense to spend the money we have to
help communities grow their local economy and help employers expand,” he said.
“Unfortunately, my opponent and her New York City friends want to shift money away
from what they see as less than glamorous bricks and mortar construction projects to
land acquisition and projects like mass transit for big cities.”
“Clean Water ought to be about common sense, bipartisanship and making government
work for you,” said Walczyk. “But talk to communities like Ogdensburg who have a
failing 50-year-old sewer plant, but can’t get adequate state help to make sure a modern
plant is affordable for the citizens it would serve. Or, look at the issues Orleans has
endured. If a private company had polluted groundwater with salt or another chemical
the way the DOT has, teams of environmental lawyers from Albany would still be finding
new fines and collecting damages.”
We need to use state and federal agencies to study source pollution and educate the
region about prevention measures that may be easily implemented, and collaborate to
act without creating more unfunded mandates.