NYRI opposition group “cautiously optimistic”

NORWICH – Those in opposition to the proposed 190-mile long electric transmission line which threatens to bisect Chenango County are growing increasingly confident that the project won’t be approved by state regulators. But the fight isn’t over yet, they warn.

“We have been united in opposition to this. We’re at a critical point. If we stay together, I believe we will beat this,” said Senator James Seward (R-Oneonta).

Seward has taken a leading role at the state level in fighting the controversial high voltage New York Regional Interconnect project from the beginning. The line’s primary proposed route could affect as many as seven upstate counties on its way from Marcy to New Winsor. The project’s investors say the line is needed to alleviate congestion in the power grid and lower costs to downstate consumers, but Seward doesn’t buy it.

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