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 www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI power line project to be halted and curbed.

“I will continue to fight this as hard as I did before the election,” said state Senator Tom Libous (R-Binghamton). “My 18-year record as a state Senator has proven that when I commit to something, my commitment and my word is good.”

Libous, along with state Senator Jim Seward (R-Milford) and Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-Guilford) say they have a plan and will not falter in the fight against Albany-based New York Regional Interconnect Inc., and its proposed 200-mile long direct current power line which would run from Oneida to Orange County. So far, the representatives have been able to secure $1 million in funding to the fight the project, create a law that blocks NYRI’s use of eminent domain, help found the Communities Against Regional Interconnect and hold two senate hearings questioning officials from the power line company.

“There is no question we need to remain vigilant,” said Seward. “There is still a lot more that has to be done.”

All three said that garnering support from the state’s federal elected representatives, such as congressional newcomer Michael Arcuri (D-Utica), will be a key component to fight – if www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI fixes its currently deficient Article VII application and moves the review process forward – which has been at a standstill since July.

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