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Jefferson legislators lash out at NYPA

Jefferson County legislators lashed out Friday at New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel after he said the authority won't buy power from any wind farms in the county. "It's an example of how downstate politics tries to pressure upstate New York into agreements and situations that we don't want," said Chairman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River.

Jefferson County legislators lashed out Friday at New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel after he said the authority won't buy power from any wind farms in the county.

"It's an example of how downstate politics tries to pressure upstate New York into agreements and situations that we don't want," said Chairman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River. "The way we voted, all of us, is a reaction to our constituents and what we thought was the right thing to do."

Mr. Kessel told the Times this week that the county Board of Legislators' 14-0 vote in March against an authority proposal to put wind turbines in Lake Ontario, some possibly in the waters off Jefferson County, motivated the decision not to buy electricity generated by wind here.

That vote came a month after the board voted 8-5 for deviations from a standard payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement that developers said at the time was critical for the Galloo Island project to proceed.

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Jefferson County legislators lashed out Friday at New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel after he said the authority won't buy power from any wind farms in the county.

"It's an example of how downstate politics tries to pressure upstate New York into agreements and situations that we don't want," said Chairman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River. "The way we voted, all of us, is a reaction to our constituents and what we thought was the right thing to do."

Mr. Kessel told the Times this week that the county Board of Legislators' 14-0 vote in March against an authority proposal to put wind turbines in Lake Ontario, some possibly in the waters off Jefferson County, motivated the decision not to buy electricity generated by wind here.

That vote came a month after the board voted 8-5 for deviations from a standard payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement that developers said at the time was critical for the Galloo Island project to proceed.

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MAY 8 2010
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