If we don't believe in freedom of expression for
people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. 
-Noam Chomsky


Press release: “Green Candidates in the Town of Jay Call for More Open, Transparent and Proactive Local Government: Townspeople Are Urged to Vote “NO” in the Special Election, Wed., Oct. 16th to Preserve the 2 Town Justice Positions” 

Referendum on Keeping or Eliminating 2nd Town of Jay Town Justice Position
• “Jay voters to decide fate of justice position,” Valley News, 10/12/13, by Keith Lobdell, keith@denpubs.com  

• “Jay to vote on justice-seat elimination,” Press-Republican, 9/23/13, by Lohr McKinstry, found at: http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x312430705/Jay-to-vote-on-justice-seat-elimination 

• “Jay prepares for referendum on justice position,” Valley News, 9/23/13, by Keith Lobdell, found at: http://www.valleynewsadk.com/news/2013/sep/23/jay-prepares-referendum-justice-position/


  "Take Me to the River":  Thoughts on the AuSable River Flooding "Summit," Nov. 1, 2011 AuSable Forks NY

Press release thanking Town of Jay voters, Nov. 6, 2009

Excerpt from the Press-Republican Voter Guide

• Excerpt from “Vote 2009: A Compendium of North Country Races with Profiles of Candidates in the Nov. 3 Contest,” Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, NY, Oct. 31, 2009  

• “Three vie for two seats on Jay board,” by Heather Sackett; published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake, NY, Oct. 26, 2009, p.1, and the Lake Placid News, Oct. 23, 2009, p.1 (as “Three Candidates to vie for Jay board seats,” posted online Oct. 22):
Press release announcing candidacy for Town Councilperson and endorsement by the Working Families Party, October 2009
You’ve Got to Have Vision
As an officeholder as well as a candidate, one needs to have vision. Within a few years of moving to the Town of Jay and the Adirondacks, I became involved with a local downtown revitalization effort, which initially centered on Au Sable Forks. Spearheaded by the nonprofit organization Friends of the North Country, based in Keeseville, the effort soon focused on the Hollywood Theatre as a potential anchor for downtown cultural and economic activity. In subsequent years, a committee was formed that actively investigated the possibility of converting the former movie theater into a community cultural center.
     When the Hollywood was sold to new owners who sought a different use for the building, the effort to establish a cultural center in the town shifted to the Hamlet of Jay, and eventually the Jay Entertainment & Music Society (JEMS) undertook a building project—the result of which is the Amos & Julia Ward Theatre at the Jay Village Green. During this same period, the former antiques store at the intersection of Route 9N and Springfield Road in Upper Jay was transformed into Upper Jay Upholstery by day and the Upper Jay Art Center/The Recovery Lounge by night—establishing yet another focal point for cultural activity in the town.
     The effort has come full circle now that Rebecca Kelly and Craig Brashear of Rebecca Kelly Ballet and the Appleby Foundation have purchased the Masonic Lodge building in Au Sable Forks for a multi-use building rechristened the Tahawus Lodge Center (on which I am currently serving as a steering committee member). Once this dream is realized, the Town of Jay will have not one, but three, cultural centers—surely the only town in the Adirondack North Country that will be able to make that claim and probably one of the few of its size anywhere in America that will be able to.
     The Town of Jay needs to get behind these centers, help promote them, and develop an overall economic strategy that includes them and our wealth of artists and other cultural institutions/organizations such as the town’s two libraries and the newly refurbished Hollywood Theatre (now showing mostly first-run movies under creative and energetic local ownership). That’s what I argue for in the accompanying op-ed article, and the seeds of that vision can be seen in the Vision Plan I drafted for the JEMS building in 2006 and the accompanying memo I wrote to the Friends of the North Country and the building’s owner at the time about possibilities for the Hollywood back in 1995 (in my capacity then as President of the advocacy group, Bridge and Beyond).
     Accomplishing such lofty goals will take vision and perseverance. I was there in the beginning, have remained involved in this area in one capacity or another since then, and am committed to building on this foundation if elected as Councilperson on Nov. 3rd.

VOTE for Fred Balzac for Town Councilperson * Keep the Town of Jay beautiful—
                                                                                     and affordable!