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 debate.

There were roughly 300 people gathered in the Norwich High School auditorium when STOP NYRI co-chair Eve Ann Shwartz affirmed that last night’s gathering was just a quick pit stop on what will most likely be a long and arduous road fighting NYRI.

“We are here to check the pulse to see where we are,” said Shwartz. “And recognize that this fight is not over ... and we’ll go wherever the legal battle takes us.”

Questions from the crowd took a 12-person expert panel to task down several different paths – all seemingly leading to Albany and Washington. The queries reflected the numerous concerns of local communities, whose residents are hoping officials and agencies from both capitals will protect them from having to harbor a high voltage power line.

Local real estate broker Bruce Beadle provided one of the first public assessments of the power line’s effect on local property values – in this case before they even exist.

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