Join Feb. 14 rally calling on Cuomo to break up with CPV's lobbyists

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Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Please mark your calendars. This Valentine's Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 12:30 p.m. we'll have a rally at 40 Foley Square in lower Manhattan calling on Cuomo to break up with CPV's Lobbyists and love New Yorkers instead. Just as the federal corruption trial began and on the same day as our hearing before the second circuit court of appeals CPV fired up on diesel oil choking residents near and even as far away as 10 miles. Plumes engulfed the City of Middletown. There were so many complaints they had to shut it down. However we know that if they switch to gas, it only means that the toxins will be less visible and discernible. However, as everyone could see two weeks ago, they will not dissipate but rather settle into the pockets of this valley. This is public health crisis. Call Cuomo 518-474-8390 and ask why hasn't he shut this down yet!

If you live in Minisink or Wawayanda we highly recommend getting your water tested immediately. Millennium has begun HDD (drilling) under an old toxic town dump. You can get free kits at Home Depot or Lowe's.

We are still waiting for a decision on the second circuit court of appeals. We will explore seeking an injunction if we do not get a decision by next week. Please continue to fund our legal and political efforts. If we win or lose there will be next legal actions to pursue. (You can donate through our website

We are hoping to get 10-15 families within a half mile and a mile circumference to the plant to buy electronic pollution monitors. They would cost about $200 each. Please advise if you want to participate in this monitoring program. Just email us back with subject: community monitor

We're not sure we can pull it off, but we'd like to send Cuomo a video message on Valentine's Day from the children of Orange County. If you know any kids and you are willing to video tape them telling Cuomo what they love about their home (a tree, their yard, apple picking, anything at all) with a message from them to him saying: "Governor Cuomo don't frack my home." If you can take this video with your phone, please take it in landscape mode. Please email it to us no later than Monday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m. to It doesn't need to be fancy or perfect and we can edit out your directions to your kids.

It is election season and this trial demonstrates that corruption is bipartisan. Real progressives are the only antidote to pay-to-play corruption. If you agree join Principled Progressive of Orange County, a NYPAN, chapter, for our first meeting of the year to help transform Orange County from the bottom up: Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m., Thrall Library, Middletown.

Right now one of the biggest corruption trials in New York's history is underway involving Cuomo's closest former aide and an executive from CPV, a company that bought influence at the highest levels of government to build the CPV Valley fracked-gas power plant in Orange County. This plant will lock New York City into fracked gas dependency for the next 40 years! We know what this means for the climate and for communities from the fracking fields in Pennsylvania to the power plant. In New York, absolute catastrophe! This plant alone will support 150 fracking wells per year and increase the state's greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by 10 percent. Built on bribes and lies why has Cuomo not yet shut it down? And even worse, just as this trial began the power plant fired up sickening residents as far as ten miles away.

This is an emergency. Nothing short of #peoplepower will shut this down! Just two weeks ago the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation renewed several state permits.

Sample Tweet!

Time to tell Albany & @NYGovCuomo to #breakup with #fossilfuel lobbyists & #LoveNY instead. In front of #Percoco trial on #ValentinesDay Join @jamesocromwell w many #NYers #ActOnClimate #StopCPV

Please help us spread the word!

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