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NYRI petition denied

NORWICH – The state denied a petition Wednesday filed by NYRI requesting that it overturn or uphold a law blocking the power line company’s use of eminent domain, an official in Albany confirmed.

In 2006, Gov. George Pataki signed an amendment that took away New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s right to condemn private property for its power line.

NYRI petitioned the state’s Public Service Commission in December, asking that it clarify whether or not the amendment – which altered what’s called Transportation Corporation Laws – was constitutional, and if it in fact applied to the company or its power line project.

The PSC, in charge of the state’s power line review, dismissed the petition Wednesday on the grounds that it “lacks authority” to make those decisions.

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