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 property at market value.

In a Feb. 1 press release, www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI said it filed a lawsuit in Albany district court challenging the constitutionality of a revision in the state’s transportation corporation law – which legislators drafted specifically to derail the Albany company’s proposed $1.6 million power line.

“It’s unconstitutional for the legislature to pass a law that targets one person or company or singles them out for different treatment,” said www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI counsel Leonard Singer.

The suit named 12 current and former state officials, including current Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senators Jim Seward (R-Milford) and Tom Libous (R- Binghamton) and former governor George Pataki, who signed the bill into law Oct. 3, 2006. It contends that several of NYRI’s rights were violated, including its 14th Amendment right of equal protection under the law.

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