“So on the road from Grand Gorge to Stamford you see the yard signs popping up in front of barns and houses — “Yes to Clean Energy” on some, “No Industrial Wind Turbines” or “Save Our Mountains” on others.”

-New York Times 10/28/2007


On an Upstate Wind Turbine Project, Opinions as Varied as the Weather
New York Times 10/28/2007

Floyd Many, now 81, grew up in the rolling hills of Delaware County in the Catskills. He has served on the town board for the past 25 years.
But when asked about anything comparable to the disputes that are pitting neighbor against neighbor and prompting stern warnings about the importance of remaining civil before public meetings, he draws a blank.
As we stumble toward what’s supposed to be a greener future, almost everyone, in the abstract, is for wind energy, surely as green, safe and abundant an energy source as there is. But, as residents of Long Island saw last summer in a proposal for wind turbines off Jones Beach that was quickly deep-sixed, it’s often not so simple at all.
So on the road from Grand Gorge to Stamford you see the yard signs popping up in front of barns and houses — “Yes to Clean Energy” on some, “No Industrial Wind Turbines” or “Save Our Mountains” on others.
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Judd Hirsch’s Wind-Power Plan Unsettles Catskill Town
New York Times 11/15/2013

DENNING, N.Y. — Blanketed by the stillness of stone-faced mountains and endless trees now shaded rust and gold, the town of Denning is quiet, so quiet, one longtime resident likes to say, you can hear your heartbeat.

As in other towns in the Catskills, the 550 residents of Denning are a mix of weekenders and full-timers with the occasional celebrity tucked in, like the actor Judd Hirsch, who has lived in the area for more than 40 years. Like his neighbors — neighbors being a relative term, as some live hundreds of yards apart — he came for the peace, but what Mr. Hirsch is proposing to do on his 96-acre property is creating no small amount of disturbance.

He plans to install a 177-foot-tall wind-turbine electric generator on his land, and dozens of residents have signed a petition in opposition.

“I bought property up there, built a house, because it’s beautiful, and the ‘forever wild’ promise that was made,” said Richard Benkwitt, 61, who lives in a log house about a mile down a mountain from Mr. Hirsch. The turbine, in Mr. Benkwitt’s estimation, “would ruin the beauty of the location.” He went on, “Once you put it up, you can’t take it back.”
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Judd Hirsch’s wind turbine plans stall in Denning
Watershedpost.com 4/8/14

Actor Judd Hirsch’s plans to install a 177-foot wind turbine on his land in the Ulster County town of Denning are stalled, perhaps for good. On March 25, the Denning Zoning Board of Appeals voted 2 to 1 not to issue a variance for the project, which has been the center of controversy in Denning since the fall.
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