Feds announce NYRI bill

NORWICH – Federal legislators say they’re introducing a bill in Washington on Monday that they’re hoping can stop the $1.6 billion New York Regional Interconnection Inc. power line project.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s (D-NY) press office said the bill is an effort “to stop the NYRI power line proposal from moving forward,” in a Feb. 2 release.

It’s expected that Hinchey and 24th District Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-Utica) will unveil the specifics of the legislation at separate press conferences Monday in Monticello and Utica. Arcuri had originally scheduled a public meeting in Norwich at 1 p.m. at the City of Norwich Fire Department, but canceled later in the morning due to inclement weather, an Arcuri staff member confirmed at 10:30 a.m.

“I think it’s great,” said Norwich resident and NYRI opponent Perry Owen. “The next move should be to persuade senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer to get involved.”

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