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 when it comes to the siting of New York Regional Interconnect’s power line.

“I would appreciate some public light on this. The citizens of the state of New York should be looking at these agencies to lobby and comment on the power line,” he said.

Bays spoke to town leaders during a meeting of the Board of Supervisors Monday. The board formally authorized an agreement with Communities Against the Regional Interconnect (CARI) to oppose NYRI’s Article VII application to the Public Service Commission.

Agencies that are statutory parties to all Public Service Commission proceedings include New York State Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Empire State Development and the Department of Transportation, among others. Board Chairman Richard B. Decker said such parties will become involved “when or if” (">NYRI’s application) is accepted for review by the PSC.

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