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Athens group: Fight West Point Partners plan

Nov 19, 2013 6:56 am
At the meeting of the Athens Town Board, Mon., Nov. 18, the newly established Athens Citizens Development Committee addressed the board with concerns over five power line proposals currently before the New York State Public Service Commission, which would affect the town and village. Committee spokesperson Ralph Favicchio (fah-VEE-chee-oh) proposed the board pass a resolution against the West Point Partners project to route a buried transmission line through the historic district. He also asked for the Public Service Commission to conduct a public meeting for town and village officials to explain the details of the cumulative impact on Athens of the West Point project, along with four other overhead power line projects under consideration. The projects are all part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Energy Highway initiative to bring additional power downstate. None of the projects provide power to Athens or other communities in the region. The stated mission of the Development Committee is to maintain and protect the existing quality of life in Athens; to ensure development occurs in an appropriate manner and is compatible with the small town's identity, while contributing substantially to the economic base. PLAY clip of Favicchio's presentation (2:09); PLAY clip of responses from Athens Town Supervisor Lee Palmateer (2:30); PLAY full Athens Citizens Development Committee presentation (18:25). (ED Note: Sebren is a member of the Athens Citizens Development Committee.)

-- Sam Sebren