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Stuyvesant wary of transmission line expansion

Jan 12, 2014 2:02 am
Barbara Reina reports in the Register-Star that the Stuyvesant Town Board unanimously passed a resolution, at a Jan. 9 meeting, requesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Public Service Commission scrutinize a proposed power line expansion that would route more electricity downstate through eight counties and more than 30 towns, from Oneida through Dutchess counties. Ian Solomon, from Farmers and Families for Claverack urged board members to adopt the resolution urging caution about a proposal to almost triple the power output of existing power lines running through the town. The resolution requests Cuomo and the commission, “ensure that this project receives the utmost scrutiny and careful consideration, including an independent and thorough analysis of reasonable alternatives and a close look at alternatives to eminent domain.” “We’re not against adding power transmission capacity,” Solomon said. “It may well be needed. We just want the state to get this done in a way that they are not going against the will of the people, seizing people’s land, destroying farms and the beauty of the area in order to install technology." Read the full story in the Register-Star.