NYRI lawsuit continues in September

ALBANY – Initial proceedings in a lawsuit filed by New York Regional Interconnect Inc. claiming the power line developer has been discriminated against by the state will continue in September, an operator at the U.S. District Court in Albany confirmed Tuesday.

www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI is challenging an amendment to state law that currently denies it the authority to condemn private property to make room for its 190-mile-long power line using eminent domain.

A northern district court employee said a telephone conference between the parties involved is scheduled for Sept. 10, but would not elaborate on its purpose or the dates and times of future proceedings. She said a pre-trial hearing was held June 6.

“We have not heard any update from anyone as to where that lawsuit stands and where it is headed,” said Duncan Davey, spokesman for state Senator James Seward (R-Milford), one of the law’s sponsors who was named in the suit.

Aside from Seward, the suit names 11 other current and former state officials, including current Governor Eliot Spitzer, Tom Libous (R- Binghamton), and former governor George Pataki, who signed the bill into law Oct. 3, 2006. The Attorney General’s Office is defending the state in the suit. That office did not return messages seeking comment by press time.

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