Monday, August 9, 2010

Last minute venue change, Binghamton EPA hearings moved to Syracuse. MAKE SOME CALLS


Last minute venue change of Binghamton EPA hearing to Syracuse.

How many First Amendment rights are being squashed by SUNY and the EPA here?

``Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.`` -- First Amendment

This change may also violate federal open meetings law:
(link to the Federal Gov't Sunshine ACT

Notice of Meetings

(e)(1) In the case of each meeting, the agency shall make public announcement, at least one week before the meeting, of the time, place, and subject matter of the meeting, whether it is to be open or closed to the public, and the name and phone number of the official designated by the agency to respond to requests for information about the meeting. Such announcement shall be made unless a majority of the members of the agency determines by a recorded vote that agency business requires that such meeting be called at an earlier date, in which case the agency shall make public announcement of the time, place, and subject matter of such meeting, and whether open or closed to the public, at the earliest practicable time. I think we have the basis of a federal injunction. Any attorneys up for this?

Make some phone calls!!!
Be polite!

Rep. Maurice Hinchey:

  • Washington Office: Phone: (202) 225-6335
    Fax: (202) 226-0774
  • Middletown Office: Phone: (845) 344-3211
  • Binghamton Office: Phone: (607) 773-2768
  • Kingston Office: Phone: (845) 331-4466
  • Ithaca Office: Phone: (607) 273-1388
  • Monticello Office: Phone: (845) 791-7116

NY State Sen Tom Libous

  • Broome: (607) 773-8771
  • Tioga: (607) 687-3399
  • Chenango: (607) 336-3401

Binghamton University:

  • Ombudsman: 607-777-2388
  • Interim President Dr. C. Peter Magrath 607-777-2131
  • SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher (518) 320-1355
Congressman Michael Arcuri
  • DC: 202-225-3665
  • Cortland: 607-756-2470
  • Utica: 315-793-8146 or 8147
  • Auburn, NY: 315 252-2777 or 2778

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
  • Region 2 (NY, NJ) Phone: (212) 637-3000
    • Region 2 Office of Regional Counsel (ORC)
      Director: Eric Schaaf Phone: (212) 637-3107 Email:
  • Region 3 (PA, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV) (215) 814-5000
  • DC Hotline: 1-800-426-4791.
    The line is operational Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm eastern time (except Federal holidays)

    For additional questions on registration, please call the registration hotline 1-866-477-3635.
  • Judith A. Enck, Regional Administrator , Phone: (212) 637-5000 Email:

  • My experience today seems to indicate that such letters will count; they certainly cannot hurt! Once again, Judith Enck's email address is and Carolyn Gillette's address is
  • George Pavlou, Deputy Regional Administrator Phone: (212) 637-5000

  • Rebecca Foster, National Risk Management Research Laboratory,
    Steve Doub, National Risk Management Research Laboratory,

    Study Design and Development
    Dr. Robert Puls, National Risk Management Research Laboratory,
    Jeanne Briskin, Office of Research and Development,

    Stakeholder Information
    Jill Dean, Office of Water,
    Amy Dewey, Office of Public Affairs,
Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!
  • (212) 431-9090

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EPA Venue Change to Syracuse. MAKE SOME CALLS! * BU Ombudsman: 607-777-2388 * SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher (518) 320-1355 * BU Interim President Magrath 607-777-2131 * Maurice Hinchey: 607-773-2768 * Tom Libous: 607-773-8771 * EPA Region 2 NY Phone: 212-637-3000 * EPA Region 3 PA 215-814-5000

William Huston
Binghamton NY Phone: 607-321-7846

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1 comment:

wenn607 said...

I agree. Why the last minute change? Why the sudden need to change venues?