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 their sights on the local citizenry.
Local experts along with county and state officials are planning to meet Oct. 25 at Norwich High School for an informational meeting to update the public, take questions and provide answers on the current status of the $1.6 billion power line proposal. NYRI will not be invited to formally speak at the event.
“People need to understand where we are at this point,” said Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-Guilford), the meeting’s organizer and scheduled moderator. “This issue hasn’t gone away ... we need to stay focused and we need the people focused with us.”
The decision to hold a public forum in Chenango County comes in response to two earlier local hearings – one held by NYRI in May, the other by the state’s Senate Energy Committee in June – that fostered little to no constructive public interaction.