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THEODORE GUTERMAN II
SCOTT D. SHALLO
NELSON R. ALFORD, JR.
March 12, 2012
John D. Draghi, Esq. Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP
1301 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10019-6092
RE: NYSEG – Columbia County Transmission Project
Dear Mr. Drahgi:
I am the attorney for the Town of Ghent, Columbia County, New York. I am writing to advise you that the Ghent Town Board does not support the proposal by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to construct a new 115kv powerline across the Town of Ghent. The Town, through engineers working on its behalf, have presented a proposal for upgrade of the current system and facilities which we believe is a far better solution. This solution would achieve the same result without significant damage to the environment. The Town of Ghent is a beautiful place to live and it will be unnecessarily damaged by the construction of a major powerline right through its center.
Most disappointing is the failure of NYSEG to respond with specific reasons as to why the proposal made by the engineers working for the Town would not work. Rather, NYSEG’s position to summarily dismiss the Town’s proposal without proper analysis is contrary to the best interests of the Town of Ghent and its residents and shows significant disrespect for the rights of these parties.
We intend to present our opposition to the Public Service Commission in connection with any application for a proposed new powerline. There is also a group of in excess of 100 residents that have formed a committee to oppose this project. They too are very concerned about the environment and well being of the Town of Ghent and its residents.
Finally, I am sure that NYSEG is aware of the proposal made by Governor Cuomo for utility companies to investigate ways to upgrade their current systems, which is preferable to constructing new powerlines. NYSEG current proposal for a new powerline through the Town of Ghent would seem to be inconsistent with Governor Cuomo’s objectives in this regard.
By reason of the foregoing, demand is again made that a meeting between NYSEG and Town of Ghent officials to further discuss this matter be set up immediately. We await your response.
Theodore Guterman, II
cc: Public Service Commission Ghent Town Board Ghent/NYSEG Subcommittee Protect Ghent Committee William Hurst, Esq.