NYRI Power Line Hot Topic In Chenango County

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 9, 2006 at 12:11 AM EDT

"Not here, not now, not ever," says one meeting attendee.

That's the message heard by dozens of people who packed the Sherburne-Earlville High School auditorium.

The public meeting was a chance for people to get the facts about a proposed power line project that would run from the Utica area to New York City.

"Everyone I've spoken with is very vehemently against this line," says Cindy Carter of Sherburne.

The Chenango County Farm Bureau and the Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition say, since NYRI applied to New York State last week, things have been changing.

"They want to do away with many of the local variances in the towns, so that they can build this project which is interesting," says Marcia Nehemiah of UDPC.

Many people don't want large power lines running through their property, or their historic towns and villages.

"In fact, it'll destroy the pristine beauty of our valleys and cause environmental damage to rivers and wetlands and it's the worst possible spot to put a power line," says Carter.

The power line will be supplying power to New York City.

And people say even if the power were staying in our area, they'd still be against it.

"No for many reasons. The loss of agricultural value. The devaluation of houses and the economy here and the bigger issue if there's really a need in New York City," says Bradd Vickers of the Chenango Co. Farm Bureau.

For now, people will continue to fight the power line and contact their state and local officials.

Officials who also seem to be against the project.

"We're getting ready. We're organized and we've only begun to fight," says Senator James Seward.

The New York State Senate will hold hearings next Thursday with representatives from NYRI.

State Senator James Seward will be on the panel.

People can submit questions to him for consideration.

You can also send comments to Committee Chairman James Wright at State Senate, Albany, N.Y. 12247.

The hearing starts at 6:00 pm on June 15th at the Norwich High School Gym.

It is open to the public to listen.

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