Local Topics: NYRI

New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) is a privately held conglomerate proposing to build a 200 mile, 400,000 volt electrical tranmission line cutting through the heart of Central New York. The lines are widely considered to be private interest and NYRI has admitted that they will raise electric rates in Upstate NY.

NYRI in the News

Case dismissed: PSC, FERC, Circuit Court put three more nails in NYRI coffin

ALBANY – If the investors behind the failed New York Regional Interconnect powerline project want to try again, they will have to start back at square one, New York regulators... read more...


NYRI pulls the plug on powerline project

ALBANY – After three years of trying to gain approval for their $2.1 billion electric transmission line project, New York Regional Interconnect is calling it quits. Citing in... read more...


NYRI opposition group “cautiously optimistic”

NORWICH – Those in opposition to the proposed 190-mile long electric transmission line which threatens to bisect Chenango County are growing increasingly confident that the pr... read more...


Power line opposition sees Court of Appeals ruling as victory

RICHMOND, Va. – Opponents of a high-voltage electric transmission line which could bisect seven Chenango County townships along its 190-mile proposed route are celebrating a r... read more...


Public sentiment clear at NYRI hearings

NORWICH – Area residents gathered in force at the Chenango County Council of the Arts in Norwich to voice their concerns to the Public Service Commission about the proposed 19... read more...


NYRI public hearings to be held in Norwich and Hamilton

ALBANY – Chenango County residents will have a chance to express their views on New York Regional Interconnect without traveling to Utica or Oneonta after all. According to a... read more...


Budget cuts may limit public statement hearings for NYRI

UTICA – One of the administrative law judges assigned to review the proposed 190-mile electric transmission line project suggested Monday that the number of public statement h... read more...


Public Service Commission deems NYRI information exempt from public disclosure

ALBANY – Information provided to the New York State Public Service Commission by the New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. in a system reliability impact study will not be rele... read more...


NYRI: We fixed two of three deficiences in latest filing

NORWICH – Two of the three deficiencies cited in New York Regional Interconnect’s latest application filing have already been taken care of, says a representative for the comp... read more...


DEC: NYRI unresponsive to requests

ALBANY – State officials claim New York Regional Interconnect has been “unresponsive” to numerous requests for information on the power line’s environmental impact, according ... read more...


PSC rules NYRI application deficient again

CHENANGO COUNTY – It’s back to the drawing board again for New York Regional Interconnect Inc., according to a letter the company received Monday from the state’s top power li... read more...


Cuomo: Energy corridors are illegal, detrimental to upstate

ALBANY – The state’s Attorney General filed a legal challenge Monday in Manhattan requesting that the court review the federal government’s National Interest Electric Transmis... read more...


NYRI: Negative impact on property values unlikely

NORWICH – Studies vary on the impact of power lines on nearby property values, according to local experts and a report in New York Regional Interconnect’s latest application f... read more...


NYRI: Power line will reduce wholesale energy costs

NORWICH – Two years ago, New York Regional Interconnect said its power line would raise electricity rates upstate. New studies now show NYRI’s power line would not only lower... read more...


NYRI re-files application studies today, opponents say ‘bring it on’

NORWICH – So far, only one project has ever been denied by the state under the Article VII power line review process. NYSEG’s Brothertown Road power line was denied in the mi... read more...


NYRI: What about Marcy South?

NORWICH – The Marcy-South transmission corridor isn’t wide enough to support the New York Regional Interconnect power line, a spokesman for the New York Power Authority said F... read more...


NYRI petition denied

NORWICH – The state denied a petition Wednesday filed by NYRI requesting that it overturn or uphold a law blocking the power line company’s use of eminent domain, an official ... read more...


Anti-NYRI group gets nearly half-million from senate for power line fight

NORWICH – Communities Against Regional Interconnect, the eight-county alliance taking on the NYRI power line, today received $418,000 of $1 million in state money first promis... read more...


Will changes at PSC affect NYRI?

ALBANY – A change in leadership at the state’s top power line authority shouldn’t impact the New York Regional Interconnect Inc. case, say officials in Albany and spokesmen bo... read more...


NBT makes significant donation to NYRI fight

NORWICH – Recognizing that the NYRI power-line project would irretrievably change the landscape of and bring economic hardship to Chenango and Madison counties, NBT Bank has d... read more...


NYRI has dampened holiday for one family

NORWICH – Christmas Eve always meant that much more to Rick and Betsy Mahannah – exactly 30 years ago today they moved into their house in Woods Corners. But Christmas hasn’t... read more...


NYRI: We need eminent domain

NORWICH – The president of New York Regional Interconnect says the company may abandon its $1.6 billion power line project unless the state rules it has the right to take priv... read more...


NYRI: We won't force people from their homes

ALBANY – New York Regional Interconnect claims it won’t need to force people from their homes and businesses in order to build its power line, according to a petition it filed... read more...


NYRI petitions state power line authority to rule on eminent domain law

ALBANY – New York Regional Interconnect Inc. announced Monday that it has petitioned the state’s top power line authority to make a judgment on the constitutionality of a law ... read more...


Feds to reopen energy corridor case

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday that it will re-open the debate on a controversial energy policy that could fast-track power line projects like NY... read more...


NYC papers call out state officials, upstate residents on energy policy

NORWICH – Recent editorials in two New York City newspapers criticizing state power line policy say the federal government’s designation of controversial energy corridors is “... read more...


State heavyweights challenge Washington’s ‘energy corridors’

CHENANGO COUNTY – Washington’s newly-acquired authority to take over the New York Regional Interconnect power line case, and others like it, is unwarranted and founded on wate... read more...


NYRI challenges setbacks, will continue to push power line forward

NORWICH – Despite a recent legal setback and the release of two energy reports that claim its $1.6 billion power line “need not be implemented” to prevent future black-outs an... read more...


NYRI lawsuit dismissal could force power line to seek approval in Washington

CHENANGO COUNTY – Unless overturned, the dismissal Friday of a lawsuit filed by NYRI challenging what it claims is an unfair state law could ultimately force the company to ta... read more...


Lawsuit against anti-NYRI law thrown out

ALBANY – A federal judge ruled Friday that New York Regional Interconnect Inc. has no case against the legislators who changed a state law last year to prohibit the power line... read more...


Power Grid: Are more lines needed?

PRINCETON, NJ – The organization that sets the standards for the nation’s power grid released a report last week stating that more transmission lines will be needed if the cou... read more...


Washington can expect lawsuits challenging energy corridor policy

CHENANGO COUNTY – Energy officials in Washington can expect legal challenges to be brought against a recent federal policy that could breath life into the New York Regional In... read more...


Feds say most power line reviews will continue to be handled by state

CHENANGO COUNTY – Although the federal government has given itself the right to overtake a state’s power line review authority, a spokeswoman for the Federal Energy Regulatory... read more...


Feds designate energy corridor

WASHINGTON – Most of the state and the entire length of New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s proposed power line now rests in one of the two “National Interest Electric Tran... read more...


NYRI’s project gets a boost from Washington

WASHINGTON – Chenango County and all 190 miles of New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s proposed power line route now fall within a “National Interest Transmission Corridor.” ... read more...


Although not needed, NYRI camp says power line will improve energy reliability

CHENANGO COUNTY – Just because the state’s electricity operator says the project isn’t needed, that doesn’t mean New York Regional Interconnect’s 400,000 volt power line – if ... read more...


State’s top grid operator: NYRI power line not needed

CHENANGO COUNTY – The federally-regulated agency that oversees the state’s electricity grid says New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s $1.6 power line project isn’t needed to ... read more...


History to play a large role in NYRI opposition

NORWICH – They may not be considered the prettiest in some academic circles, but that doesn’t mean the historic sites of Chenango County aren’t significant, says Jessie Ravage... read more...


Still no date for power line review

CHENANGO COUNTY – Over a year after starting the process, a date for resuming the state’s review of the $1.6 billion high voltage power line threatening the hills of Chenango ... read more...


NYRI lawsuit continues in September

ALBANY – Initial proceedings in a lawsuit filed by New York Regional Interconnect Inc. claiming the power line developer has been discriminated against by the state will conti... read more...


Another anti-NYRI bill introduced in Washington

WASHINGTON – Another bill aimed at weakening Washington’s influence in the fate of New York Regional Interconnect’s power line was introduced Tuesday in the Senate by Senators... read more...


Schumer talks local, national issues during Norwich visit

NORWICH – Senator Charles Schumer kept the mood light Thursday during his visit to Norwich, despite addressing some of the heavy issues facing Chenango County and the nation. ... read more...


Arcuri’s anti-NYRI amendment fails

WASHINGTON – Legislation that would have stopped power line companies from using federal authority to take private property died Saturday on the Assembly floor. The amendment... read more...


Alternative energy, jobs and NYRI among the hot topics at Lobsterfest

NORWICH – On Sunday, the Canasawacta Country Club pavilion was filled with politicians and local residents wanting to discuss the issues most important to them. Among the cr... read more...


Stats show Chenango home sales down more than 30 percent

NORWICH - The number of homes sold in Chenango County dropped 34.1 percent over the last year, according to statistics from the New York State Association of Realtors. Sales d... read more...


Amendment slips by, could expand energy corridors

WASHINGTON – Nearly three weeks ago an amendment that appears to strengthen a controversial power line policy was slipped into a popular piece of federal energy legislation. ... read more...


Citizens compile list of local properties affected by NYRI

NORWICH – More than a thousand property owners in Chenango County would be either displaced or lose land through eminent domain if the New York Regional Interconnect power lin... read more...


More businesses looking at Town of Norwich

NORWICH – From power lines to flood recovery to attracting new businesses, the town board had a full agenda to attend to at Monday’s meeting. In a letter received by the boa... read more...


DOE will move forward with corridor designations

WASHINGTON – Chenango County will be one step closer to disaster if New York Regional Interconnect’s power line route becomes part of a National Interest Electric Transmission... read more...


Alteren reps ramp-up ad

NORWICH – Lacking any assurance that the New York Regional Interconnect power line will go away, officials representing the Alteren resort project are running advertisements s... read more...


Senator Clinton joins Schumer’s push to stop NYRI

WASHINGTON – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) said she’ll fully support fellow New York Democrat Senator Charles Schumer’s anti-New York Regional Interconnect bill when C... read more...


Schumer announce bill to keep NYRI a state fight

CHENANGO COUNTY – Opponents of New York Regional Interconnect’s $1.6 power line proposal say they can beat the Canadian energy developer if the fight stays in-state and out of... read more...


Both sides of power line issue see House vote as a win

WASHINGTON – Congress defeated an amendment Wednesday, 257 to 174, that would have blocked funding for a controversial federal energy corridor program that fast-track’s the co... read more...


Arcuri continues fight against NYRI

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Michael Arcuri (D-Utica) continued his quest against New York Regional Interconnect Wednesday, telling Congress that the designation of energy... read more...


Historic sites on NYRI’s route some of nation’s “most endangered”

NORWICH – The historic sites within a group of power line hot spots on the East Coast – including the communities threatened by New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s $1.6 bill... read more...


Town passes anti-NYRI law

NORWICH – Norwich’s town board passed a local law Monday that would block the permitting and construction of direct current power lines for the next five years. Local Law #1 ... read more...


Anti-power line sentiments exist across the U.S.

CHENANGO COUNTY – The controversy surrounding a federal energy policy that could fast-track massive power line projects isn’t exclusive to New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’... read more...


NYRI pushes back start of its final review

NORWICH – The opposition to New York Regional Interconnect Inc. has been waiting nearly a year for the power line developer to undergo – for the second time – its official rev... read more...


Arcuri visits Norwich to give update on NYRI fight

NORWICH – A crowd of about 100 attended a public meeting Saturday at the Norwich Fire House to protest the federal government’s potential use of eminent domain, a law that wou... read more...


Impact of power plant bill on NYRI unclear

ALBANY – Lawmakers in Albany passed legislation last week that would once again streamline New York state’s authority to permit the construction of power generation facilities... read more...


Arcuri to hold public hearing on power line issues

NORWICH – With no public hearings scheduled within 140 miles of where a controversial federal policy would assist the New York Regional Interconnect power line to be built, Co... read more...


NYRI demonstrators encouraged by hearing

NEW YORK CITY – Members of the local power line opposition say they were encouraged Wednesday by the turnout and the testimony at a hearing in Manhattan addressing a controver... read more...


Protesters call on Washington, Spitzer to reconsider corridor

NEW YORK CITY –  With their calls also directed toward Albany, a group of area residents are in New York City today protesting the New York Regional Interconnect power line an... read more...


Stop NYRI Rally: Citizens needed now more than ever to stop power line

SHERBURNE – The New York Regional Interconnect power line is not a done deal – not even close – a group of area citizens and elected officials told a crowd of 70-plus anti-read more...


Stop NYRI rally Saturday

SHERBURNE – The public is invited to a rally sponsored by the Stop NYRI citizens group from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in... read more...


NYRI brings on new investor

CHENANGO COUNTY – A Toronto-based investment firm – whose partners include the Canadian government at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels – has signed-on to back the... read more...


NYRI hire seeks information on local towns

CHENANGO COUNTY – A consulting firm working for New York Regional Interconnect Inc. made calls in the last two weeks to at least two local townships requesting information on ... read more...


Stop NYRI rally planned for May 19

SHERBURNE – Join STOP NYRI in celebrating one year’s active opposition to NYRI 400,000 volt powerline project. Participan... read more...


Railroad or no railroad? Fate still up in air

NORWICH – Discussions continued this month between Chenango County and New York Susquehanna & Western Railway executives as local economic developers struggled to hang onto ra... read more...


Feds target Chenango for energy corridor

CHENANGO COUNTY – Forty-seven counties in New York state – including all eight that could play host to the New York Regional Interconnect Inc. power line – have been tagged to... read more...


Anti-NYRI case heard in Washington

CHENANGO COUNTY – A national energy official and several other witnesses representing state and national agencies were questioned during a hearing Wednesday on Capital Hill as... read more...


Good news for NYRI? Chenango named to Dept. of Energy list

CHENANGO COUNTY – In a draft report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, Chenango County has been listed as part of a preliminary National Interest Electric Transmission C... read more...


Arcuri and others to question validity of NYRI and federal energy law today

CHENANGO COUNTY – Players with private and public interest in the nation’s energy policy are meeting this afternoon in Washington to examine the need for federal involvement i... read more...


The American dream ... derailed

By Kathleen Yasas Correspondent SHERBURNE – Unlike many residents of Chenango County, Cindy Carter and Kit Enscoe were not born and raised here. Cindy grew up in communities... read more...


NYRI extends $1.5 million to railroad for land rights

CHENANGO COUNTY – According to a recently released five-year option agreement between New York Regional Interconnect Inc. and the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad, the ... read more...


County funds lawsuit against power line

NORWICH - Lawmakers amended a resolution tabled last month that would have authorized $5,000 to Communities Against Regional Interconnect (CARI) for legal expenses in the figh... read more...


We are the "Nothings" of Central New York

CHENANGO COUNTY – New York Regional Interconnect refers to the path along the Marcy railroad track as a no-man’s land, but a closer look reveals that vast expanses of land are... read more...


Congressman Arcuri reconnects with locals; shares stance on farm bill, NYRI

NORWICH - U.S. Representative Michael A. Arcuri was humored Wednesday when told a New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. one-year anniversary cake would be featured on this news... read more...


One year later, NYRI power line still has big impact

CHENANGO COUNTY – It’s been 365 days since Woods Corners resident Betsy Mahannah and her family first received the troubling news that their home of 33 years might be taken f... read more...


NYRI Timeline

Time line of New York Regional Interconnect power line developments. 2003: NYRI project is conceptualized and takes form... read more...


Arcuri's NYRI measure passes

CHENANGO COUNTY – Legislation tightening nationwide transportation security that passed through Congress Tuesday included an amendment requiring the federal government to inve... read more...


Arcuri introduces amendment to investigate safety risks of NYRI power line

CHENANGO COUNTY – An amendment introduced by Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-Utica) that would require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to evaluate the safety of running... read more...


Downstate needs electricity, but maybe not power lines

CHENANGO COUNTY – The agency in charge of operating the state’s electricity grid re-affirmed Monday that energy needs downstate, if unanswered, could create reliability issues... read more...


Railroad may want more money

NORWICH – A state economic development agency claims the New York Susquehanna & Western railroad has received $4 million in state Department of Transportation money since 2000... read more...


Investors: Alteren's still a go

NORWICH – Stephen Stark is out, but a partner in Alteren LLC claims the former developer’s big idea behind the once-proposed $62 million resort project in the Town of Norwich ... read more...


Little agreement on NYRI ground rules

CHENANGO COUNTY – Four stipulations pertaining to certain evidence required of New York Regional Interconnect in its expected power line case were scarcely accepted Wednesday,... read more...


Fight rages as NYRI plot unfolds

NORWICH – Almost one year after it began, the fight against New York Regional Interconnect Inc. has gotten complicated, local opposition leaders said at a public meeting Tuesd... read more...


County tables agreement to fund NYRI opposition

NORWICH – County leaders on Monday agreed to table a second round of local dollars requisitioned to afford legal expenses in the fight against New York Regional Interconnect, ... read more...


County shuffles money to pay $100,000 in bills

NORWICH – Members of the Chenango County Finance Committee spent the majority of the time during their monthly meeting Thursday identifying the funding sources for two bills t... read more...


Private investment in power lines is to be expected

NORWICH – The U.S. Department of Energy doesn’t have to invest in power line research and development, it just has the authority to ensure that private companies like New York... read more...


Powerlines don’t appear to be nation’s top priority

NORWICH – Based on figures in the U.S. Department of Energy’s federal budget request, creating power lines like the New York Regional Interconnection doesn’t appear to be amon... read more...


Could turning rails-to-trails stop NYRI?

CHENANGO COUNTY – Using a federal statute to turn railroad tracks into nature trails would be an aesthetically uplifting transformation, but it wouldn’t be enough to re-route ... read more...


Officials examine implications of NYS&W abandonment

CHENANGO COUNTY – Local officials are looking for the silver lining – and possibly finding just a dark cloud – in light of the permanent de-railment of the New York Susquehann... read more...


Arcuri steps up NYRI fight

NORWICH – Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-Utica) kept his word Monday and unveiled – in-person – two federal anti-power line bills to citizens in Chenango County. Congressman ... read more...


Indian burial grounds?

See those railroad tracks in the photo? They belong to the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad (NYS&W), formerly the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W). They ... read more...


NYRI claims project is tax-free, could receive federal rate incentives

NORWICH – Taxpayers won’t have to shell out a dime for the $1.6 billion New York Regional Interconnect power line, officials with the Albany-based company claim. In fact, read more...


Economic expert says don’t count on ‘new Albany’ to rescue Chenango

NORWICH – The new Albany will not rescue upstate New York, political expert David Shaffer told an audience of more than 100 Friday morning at the Chenango County Chamber of Co... read more...


Whatever happened to Alteren?

NORWICH – Mum’s the word where Stephen E. Stark, the one-time resort and event center developer, is concerned. Though he continues to pay taxes on about 500 acres in the Town ... read more...


NYRI issue gets congressional attention

NORWICH – Aside from deterring New York Regional Interconnect Inc., legislation introduced Monday in Washington also looks to propel the power line project from a regional iss... read more...


Feds announce NYRI bill

NORWICH – Federal legislators say they’re introducing a bill in Washington on Monday that they’re hoping can stop the $1.6 billion New York Regional Interconnection Inc. power... read more...


NYRI to fight eminent domain change

NORWICH – New York Regional Interconnect Inc. announced Thursday that it will contest a new eminent domain law in federal court that curbs the company’s power to take private ... read more...


NYRI still a state issue - for now

NORWICH – New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s power line proposal is still a New York state issue – for the time being. Under the direction of the state’s Public Service Co... read more...


Opponents urge: Don't give up the fight against NYRI

CHENANGO COUNTY – The New York Regional Interconnect power line is very much alive and – depending on who you ask – well. According to the local opposition leaders, it’s impor... read more...


Turning up the heat at a meet & greet

NORWICH – From student loans to the Iraq War, 24th District Congressman Mike Arcuri addressed a range of issues Saturday – receiving both cheers and jeers from a packed house ... read more...


NYRI takes part in PSC hearings

NORWICH – Parties involved in the New York Regional Interconnect power line case met Tuesday with representatives from the Albany-based company in front of a judge with the Ne... read more...


2006 was nature's version of Murphy's Law

From many outdoor enthusiasts' standpoint, 2006 was somewhat of an atypical year. There wasn't an abundance of snow. Spring weather came a month earlier than usual, but then f... read more...


Still no word on railroad reopening

NORWICH – A decision to repair or permanently abandon the flood-damaged stretch of the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad from Greene to Sherburne could come within the n... read more...


No timeline for federal involvement in NYRI case; state still prepared

NORWICH – A legal maneuver that allows the federal government to supplant a state’s authority in the review of certain power line proposals – that have historically been under... read more...


NYRI project may affect pipeline plans

NORWICH – Developers of a natural gas pipeline say that unless New York Regional Interconnect Inc. addresses certain issues in its current proposal, the power line could creat... read more...


STOP NYRI asks for "lights out" on Dec. 21

CHENANGO COUNTY – Citizens opposing New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s power line are hoping two of their finest hours will be spent fighting in the darkness – to better il... read more...


Supervisor: Other feet should be held to the NYRI fire too

NORWICH – So far, elected officials have been the primary extenders – from the government level – of public opposition to the read more...


Pataki names new head for PSC

NORWICH – With one month to go in his final term as governor, George Pataki decided not to yield at least one concession to the reform-claiming governor-elect, Eliot Spitzer. ... read more...


How will PSC chair's resignation affect NYRI?

NORWICH – Some opponents of the NYRI power line are hoping another changing-of-the-guard in Albany will help redirect pol... read more...


How much of a role will Feds play in power line decision?

NORWICH – The federal government says it will only be supplementing a state’s authority to accept or reject a power line, although it’s given itself the power to override it. ... read more...


Politicians say they'll continue fighting NYRI

NORWICH – With elections behind them, some constituents are waiting to see if the true colors of area politicians still include a flashing red, calling for the read more...


Expert discusses power line health effects

SHERBURNE – A connection between power lines and cancer is there, says Dr. David Carpenter, but exactly what that link is remains unknown. “While we found the effects,” said ... read more...


Supervisors want state agencies accountable for NYRI

NORWICH – Town of Smyrna Supervisor James Bays said he is “disturbed” and “baffled” with the reticence of New York state’s statutory parties to the Public Service Commission w... read more...


PSC demands more info for NYRI application

SHERBURNE – New York Regional Interconnect Inc. can add a few more items to an already hefty “to do list” in regards to proving its 200-mile long power line is a worthy projec... read more...


Eminent domain not so eminent

Property ownership is the bedrock of our Constitution and economic system. But we have seen a lot in the news about the concept of “eminent domain.” From the proposed NYRI pow... read more...


So how can we tell when NYRI's really dead?

NORWICH – From Eliot Spitzer’s point of view, “NYRI is dead.” According to a report in yesterday’s Times Herald-Record, the state Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate ... read more...


NYS&W caught between NYRI and a hard place

NORWICH – Can’t live with it? Can’t live without it? The New York Susquehanna & Western railroad has shifted itself and Chenango County – with the help of a controversial land... read more...


Point/Counterpoint: Eminent Domain

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometimes Evening Sun reporters just like to argue. This week, Tyler Murphy and Jeff Genung debate a topic that’s been in the local news a lot lately – the use ... read more...


Sherburne's preemptive strike against NYRI a crucial step in power line fight

SHERBURNE – They say only fools rush in, but preemptive strikes by the Village of Sherburne could eventually play a significant role in thwarting an almost invisible, yet very... read more...


Debate, fight rage on at NYRI info meeting

NORWICH – Even though the Albany power line company was not there, Wednesday’s public New York Regional Interconnection meeting wouldn’t have been the same without a little de... read more...


NYRI: Private venture or public good?

NORWICH – When it comes to the future of energy development, who knows what’s best for New York state? According to New York Regional Interconnect Inc., it’s their company an... read more...


NYRI meeting Wednesday seeks to educate opposition

NORWICH – Todd Barnes says he wishes he still had the letter sent by state Senator Tom Libous, congratulating him and his brother Jody on the successful up and coming business... read more...


NYRI examines options for next step in power line plan

NORWICH – A new law that removes New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s power of eminent domain will not alter how the state reviews power line proposals, despite the loss of t... read more...


Pasta & politics mix at St. Bart's

NORWICH – With just over two weeks to go until the mid-term elections, several campaign trails converged on the St. Bart’s Spaghetti Supper fundraiser Thursday night, making s... read more...


Crouch to moderate at NYRI info meeting Oct. 25

NORWICH – With an apparent lull in activity, opponents of the New York Regional Interconnection have momentarily focused their aim away from the Albany power purveyor, and set... read more...


Victory in battle against NYRI, but the war's not over

NORWICH – Governor Pataki traveled to Marcy Tuesday to place his ‘John Hancock’ on legislation that would limit a Canadian-based company’s plans to take private property for a... read more...


Pataki expected to sign eminent domain bill today

NORWICH – A spokesperson for New York State Sen. Thomas Libous said Governor George E. Pataki is scheduled to sign eminent domain legislation this afternoon that would prevent... read more...


Eminent domain bill: A stinging blow for NYRI?

NORWICH – A spokesperson for New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. said the eminent domain bill that, after nearly two months, finally made its way a week ago from the state’s ... read more...


City ordinance tackles political signs

NORWICH – The City of Norwich has had an ordinance in effect for some time regarding the display of political signs, however this ordinance has not been strictly enforced unti... read more...


Another setback in NYRI's power line battle?

NORWICH – A small, but nonetheless positive chip in the game for opponents of New York Regional Interconnect’s power line proposal came late Thursday. NYRI is an Albany-base... read more...


NYRI: it ain't over 'til it's over

As we inch toward autumn, and the beautiful foliage it produces in our scenic area of the state, I'm reminded that lately I haven't heard many people talking about the propose... read more...


Congressional candidate stumps in Norwich

NORWICH – Senator Raymond A. Meier (R-Western) stopped in Norwich Wednesday to campaign for the United States Congress. Meier began his visit to Norwich at the Chenango County... read more...


Libous announces $1M to fight NYRI

NORWICH – Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton) reported this morning that thanks to a collaborative effort between his New York State Senate colleagues and Majority Leader Sen. J... read more...


Chenango planners look at power line's effects on property values

NORWICH – Chenango County planners hope to assess the recent impact that power line fears have had on land prices and are counting on local realtors to provide some data. The... read more...


Redundancy could hurt NYRI opposition

NORWICH – The New York State Public Service Commission called the circumstances surrounding the New York Regional Interconnect Inc. power line case “extraordinary” and “unusua... read more...


Senate candidate visits Norwich

NORWICH – State Senate candidate Mark Trabucco, D-Owego, appeared in the City of Norwich for a press conference Tuesday, speaking agains the backdrop of the Chenango County Co... read more...


Federal energy congestion study released

NORWICH – The federal electricity congestion study released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Energy highlighted the benefiting region of the New York Regional Interconnection... read more...


Sherburne joins forces with Utica in anti-NYRI motion

SHERBURNE – In a joint effort with the City of Utica, The Village of Sherburne filed a 71-page response to the state Public Service Commission objecting to New York Regional I... read more...


Energy congestion study to be released today

NORWICH – The U.S. Department of Energy will be releasing the first study outlining all the regions coast-to-coast that are experiencing adverse electric transmission congesti... read more...


County to use Tobacco Settlement Funds to defray defense costs

NORWICH – County officials will most likely turn to Tobacco Settlement Funds in order to afford its share of legal defense costs in the fight against New York Regional Interco... read more...


Federal government may back NYRI

NORWICH – Nearly one year after the federal government passed legislation promoting transmission line projects similar to the New York Regional Interconnection, finalized prov... read more...


NYRI can't fight the heat

NORWICH – Officials monitoring the state’s energy supply say high temperatures will result in a record demand of electricity today, breaking the high mark set Tuesday. The Ne... read more...


Lobster, with a side of politics

Lobster and politics By Jeffrey Morse Sun Staff Writer NORWICH – Music came from the stage and lobster came from the kitchen. Nearly 600 people paid the $60 entrance fee to... read more...


Bill to block eminent domain not dead

NORWICH – A bill that could block the New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s ability to use eminent domain is not dead, legislators say, but rather tactfully awaiting release. ... read more...


PSC to NYRI: Power line application "deficient"

NORWICH – New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s $1.6 billion power line project has momentarily hit reverse, after state authorities ruled Wednesday that the Albany-based comp... read more...


Power line opponents urged to keep up the fight

SHERBURNE – Flooding, unanswered questions, and more rain could have been stifling obstacles in the quest to vanquish the threat posed by New York Regional Interconnect Inc. H... read more...


Stop NYRI rally scheduled tomorrow

SHERBURNE – Village of Sherburne residents say they stand to lose a great deal if New York Regional Inc.’s power line is constructed; that’s why they’re standing together. Th... read more...


Anti-power line eminent domain bill introduced

CHENANGO COUNTY – A second piece of legislation against a company vying to build a high power line through Chenango County was introduced in Washington this week. United Sta... read more...


NYRI hearing: Hot night, hot issue

NEW HARTFORD – “It’s a hot night to deal with a hot issue,” said Senator James Seward (R- Milford), in his opening statement during Monday night’s legislative hearing regardin... read more...


Chamber helps organize anti-NYRI grassroots efforts

NORWICH – Ten grassroots power line opposition groups met over the weekend at the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce to align points of unity and form a steering committee. ... read more...


Senate holds NYRI's feet to fire at New Hartford hearing tonight

NORWICH – Some politicians are hoping that citizens further up the line will create more energy against New York Regional Interconnect Inc. tonight, thus proving the grassroot... read more...


NYRI still unclear on railroad rights

NORWICH – Apparently, as New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s project goes, so does their assumed ownership of development rights on railroad access. In a letter recently wr... read more...


Power line meeting in Orange County tonight

NORWICH – New York Regional Interconnect Inc. was not invited to tonight’s power line hearing in Orange County, so the “hot seat” may be substantially cooler than the searing ... read more...


Does NYRI have access to railroad rights-of-way or not

NORWICH – A power line waiting to slide down 200 miles of Upstate New York has not yet legally secured the first leg of its trail, officials said. From Utica to Woods C... read more...


NYRI, lobbyist part ways

NORWICH – An official from New York Regional Interconnect Inc. confirmed this morning that only a few weeks after hiring high-powered lobbyist Patricia Lynch, their $180k cont... read more...


Rapp: Keep fighting power line; Stark says Alteren stalled

NORWICH – “Keep resisting it.” That’s the message Norwich-native and former New York State Assembly Minority Leader Clarence D. Rappleyea has for people opposing the 200-mile ... read more...


NYRI opposition hires legal reps

NORWICH – After several weeks of pre-viewing candidates, Communities Against Regional Interconnect has picked out its dream team to help battle New York Regional Interconnect ... read more...


Rocky road ahead in fight against NYRI

NORWICH – Legislation meant to put a permanent kink in power lines carrying a negative impact through other areas of New York state is awaiting its fate before Governor George... read more...


State legislators put stumbling block in way of NYRI power line plans

NORWICH – New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s uphill battle to implement a $1.6 billion high voltage transmission line has gotten significantly steeper following what state ... read more...


NYRI fight escalates further

NORWICH – Let the games begin; Gentlemen, start your engines; Let’s get ready to rumble. It appears any battle-commencing slogan could appropriately be applied to the rapidly ... read more...


State’s power foursome fails to weigh-in on power line issue

CHENANGO COUNTY – New York State’s most powerful political muscle may not flex against a company trying to run a high power line through Chenango County. Four of the state’s ... read more...


Senate bill wouldn’t allow power company to use eminent domain

CHENANGO COUNTY – Representatives from New York Regional Interconnect estimate they will need to acquire $70 million dollars in private property to span a 190-mile high power ... read more...


NYRI officials grilled at Senate hearing

NORWICH - There was concern among some at the beginning of Thursday night’s senate hearing with New York Regional Interconnect that a trio of power company officials wouldn’t ... read more...


Public reacts to NYRI comments at hearing

NORWICH - There were an estimated 500 people at Thursday night’s Senate Energy and Telecommunication Committee hearing regarding New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s proposed... read more...


Senate hearing on NYRI project tonight

NORWICH - Officials from the company proposing construction of a high power line through Chenango County will be called before state senators at the Norwich High School tonigh... read more...


Planning Dept. busy with NYRI opposition

NORWICH – The county’s planning and development personnel are spending 95 percent of their working days gathering and disseminating information and coordinating various gather... read more...


County leaders strategize against NYRI

NORWICH - The heads of seven counties lying in the pathway of the proposed high voltage power line will conference via telephone Tuesday afternoon. Chenango County Board of S... read more...


Powerful History: NYRI would disrupt historial markers

CHENANGO COUNTY – New York Regional Interconnect Inc. has provided the statistics, but the numbers may not measure the affect its direct current transmission line could have o... read more...


Local group hopes to “STOP NYRI”

SHERBURNE - Citizens from northern region of the Chenango Valley are organizing under a banner that couldn’t more clearly state their agenda: STOP NYRI! New York Regional I... read more...


Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Unadilla Valley six graders, their social studies teacher, Lynn Greco, and “The Place.” They put on a magnificent and interesting display of culture and herit... read more...


Legislators announce concerted effort against NYRI

NORWICH - Confident and consolidated. The eight counties that face occupation by an army of 115 foot tall steel soldiers have decided to rally their leaders, citizens and res... read more...


Senate hearing on power lines to be in Norwich

NORWICH – Officials from the company proposing construction of a high power line through Chenango County will soon be called before state senators at the Norwich High School. ... read more...


NYRI submits Article VII application

CHENANGO COUNTY – The Albany-based company that has talked of running a high power line from Marcy to Rock Tavern, bisecting Chenango County, made its official application wit... read more...


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