League stands up in power line fight

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:30 am | Updated: 12:18 am, Sat Mar 1, 2014.
By Adam Clayton Columbia-Greene Media

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Gathered in the Omi Visitors Center under a sculpture by Janet Echelman, people listened as community organizers and elected officials spoke. Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State made the announcement of the designation of historical and cultural assets of Columbia County to be among the seven most threatened in the state for 2014-15.

The Preservation League of New York announced at the Omi International Arts Center on Monday the addition of the historic and cultural resources of Columbia County to its Seven to Save, a list of the state’s most threatened historic resources.

The addition to the list, said league President Jay DiLorenzo, was made to fully support the fight against the proposed power line slated to run through Ghent.

In 2012, New York State Electric and Gas, also known as NYSEG, proposed an 11.1-mile, 115-kilovolt high-voltage power line through the town of Ghent, intended as back-up to an existing line.

Under the proposal, the power line will weave through agricultural farmlands, including multigenerational family farms, land under conservation easement, cut through Omi’s sculpture fields, and make its way through a community filled with historic homes.  read more

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