Another anti-NYRI bill introduced in Washington

WASHINGTON – Another bill aimed at weakening Washington’s influence in the fate of New York Regional Interconnect’s power line was introduced Tuesday in the Senate by Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, according to a joint press release from the two New York Democrats.

Schumer and Clinton’s">NYRI legislation, the first of its kind to be born in the Senate, would up-end several provisions in the 2005 Energy Policy Act that give the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unprecedented authority to override a state’s existing power line review process.

Norwich resident Betsy Mahannah says she’s appreciative of the anti-NYRI support in Washington and Albany, but says it’s a fundamental flaw in the democratic process these bills even have to exist.

“What do they (legislation) buy us, a year, two years? I want to buy a lifetime as a citizen in a democracy,” said Mahannah, who would lose her home if the power line were built. “There is still no input on the NYRI issue from the people who pay the taxes and who own the property. It should be the people who have a say. Where’s my democratic right to say ‘I don’t want a power line to run over my property?’ NYRI, a foreign-owned company, coming into the U.S. and using U.S. government powers of eminent domain to evict me, a U.S. citizen, from my home doesn’t feel right.”

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