September 29, 2008: Public Service Commission Schedules Additional NYRI Hearings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 29, 2008

Contact:
Steve Dimeo
Communities Against Regional Interconnect
315-338-0393 sjdimeo@mvedge.org

Public Service Commission Schedules Additional NYRI Hearings

Communities Against Regional interconnect (CARI), a coalition comprising of
seven counties and five citizens groups opposing the NYRI power line requested
that the New York Public Service Commission hold Public Statement Hearings
in all of the Counties affected by the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI).
The Public Service Commission granted CARI’s request and scheduled
additional hearings throughout the region.

The New York Public Service Commission will hold public information forums
and public statement hearings concerning a proposal by New York Regional
Interconnect, Inc. to construct a new, high voltage direct current transmission
line between National Grid’s substation in the Town of Marcy and Central
Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s substation in the Town of New Windsor.
The proposed line is approximately 190 miles in length.

Public information forums and public statement hearings will be held as follows:

Madison County
Monday, October 20, 2008
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
J. C. Colgate Hall of Presidents
Hamilton, New York
Information Forums – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Otsego County
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Foot Hills Performing Arts Center
24 Market Street
Oneonta, New York
Information Forums – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Oneida County
Utica
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive
MVCC Theater
Utica, NY
Information Forums – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Orange County
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Kuhl’s Highland House
512 Highland Avenue Extension
Middletown, New York
Information Forum – 1:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 2:00 p.m.

Valley Central School
High School Campus
1175 State Route 17K
Montgomery, New York
Information Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 7:00 p.m.

Sullivan County
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Delaware Community Center, aka
Callicoon Youth Center, Inc.
8 Creamery Road
Callicoon, New York
Information Forum – 1:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 2:00 p.m.

Sullivan West Central High School
6604 State Route 52
Lake Huntington, New York
Information Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 7:00 p.m.

Delaware County
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Hancock Central School
High School Campus
67 Education Lane
Hancock, New York
Information Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 7:00 p.m.

Chenango County
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Chenango County Council
for the Arts
27 West Main Street
Norwich, New York
Information Forums – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearings – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The information forums will be presented by the Staff of the Department of
Public Service and will address the details of the administration of the
proceeding under the Department’s rules and modes of operation.

Following the information forums, the public will have an opportunity to present
their comments at the hearing before the Administrative Law Judges assigned
by the Commission to this case. A verbatim transcript of the hearing will be
made for inclusion in the record of this proceeding. All statements and
comments received by the Administrative Law Judges and the Commission will
be placed in the public case file and are available for public inspection in the
Commission’s file room in its Albany offices, Central Files, 14th Floor, Three
Empire State Plaza.

It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or to present written
material in order to speak at the public statement hearing. Speakers will be
called after completing a card requesting time to speak. The hearing will remain
open and will continue until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or
other reasonable arrangements are made. Disabled persons requiring special
accommodations may place a collect call to the Department of Public Service’s
Human Resource Management Office at (518) 474-2520 as soon as
possible.

In addition to the formal hearing, comments may be mailed to Jaclyn A. Brilling,
Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New
York 12223-1350. Your comments should refer to "Case 06-T-0650 – NYRI
Transmission Line Proceeding.” Toll-free Opinion Line: Comments may also be
submitted through the Commission’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This
number is designed to take comments about pending cases from instate callers,
24 hours a day. Callers should select English or Spanish and press "1" to leave
comments about the electric facility proposal.

The Internet: Comments may also be submitted via the "PSC Comment Form" in
the "Consumer Assistance" file accessed through the Commission’s Web site at
www.dps.state.ny.us or via the "Contact Us" link at http://www.AskPSC.com.
Many libraries offer free Internet access.

The hearings will be broadcast on the internet. The broadcast can be viewed by
accessing http://www.NewYorkAdmin.com and clicking on New York State
Public Service Commission (RealPlayer software is required and may be
downloaded from the web site). The Commission has no financial interest in the
web site, its management, maintenance or administration.

For more information on CARI please visit www.caricoalition.org.

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For more information about -
The Counties of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Orange and Sullivan
Counties are members of CARI. The citizen’s group members of CARI are the Upper
Delaware Council; the Upstate New York Citizens Alliance; the Upper Delaware
Preservation Coalition; STOP NYRI, Inc. and SayNo2NYRI, Inc. To learn more about the
work of this coalition of county governments and grass roots citizen groups, visit
www.caricoaltion.org, or contact one of the group’s representatives listed below:

Broome County Peter DeWind (607) 778-2109
Chenango County Donna Jones (607) 337-1640
Delaware County Sam Rowe (607) 637-3651
Madison County Rocco DiVeronica (315) 366-2201
Oneida County Steve DiMeo (315) 338-0393
Orange County David Darwin (845) 291-3150
Sullivan County Ethan Cohen (845) 794-3000
Upstate New York Citizens Alliance Michael Steiger (315) 725-6499
STOP NYRI, Inc. Eve Ann Shwartz (315) 691-2917
Upper Delaware Preservation
Coalition
Troy Bystrom (646) 205-2723
Upper Delaware Council William Douglass (845)-252-3022
SayNo2NYRI, Inc. Gail Heatherly (845) 386-2872

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