January 23, 2009, Utica Observer Dispatch: State power authority opposes Marcy South NYRI line plan

State power authority opposes Marcy South NYRI line plan

Posted Jan 23, 2009 @ 08:42 PM

New York Power Authority President Richard Kessel doesn’t like the idea of having the New York Regional Interconnect power line run along his Marcy South line.

“The issue from my perspective is that building NYRI adjacent to or close to or within our right of ways would create problems in terms of maintaining and running and upgrading our line, which is a critical backbone in the state’s transmission infrastructure,” Kessel told the Observer-Dispatch.

NYRI wants to run a power line from Marcy to Orange County downstate. Its preferred route runs along the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway line through numerous local communities, including New York Mills, South Utica, Sauquoit, Clayville, Cassville and Waterville.

The staff of the New York state Public Service Commission, which is evaluating NYRI’s application, has recommended the line instead follow the route of the Power Authority’s existing Marcy South line, which also runs from Marcy to downstate.

The commission does not have to follow the staff’s recommendation.

NYRI spokesman David Kalson said the company would abide by the commission’s decision on the route.

“NYRI is interested in building a line from point A to point B, and the actual route is the domain of the Public Service Commission,” he said. “They are the choosers of the final route.”

Gerald Norlander of the Albany-based Public Utility Law Project energy policy think tank said the Public Service Commission certainly would listen to the power authority’s views.

“I think it would be given considerable weight,” he said.

Kessel called the NYRI proposed route “extremely difficult and problematic,” though he declined to take a position on that route himself.

“I think there is a tremendous amount of discomfort with it along the route,” he said. “I just don’t see that happening.”

Steve DiMeo, the local representative on the multi-county NYRI opposition group Communities Against Regional Interconnect, pointed to part of the power authority’s testimony in the commission’s NYRI evaluation that seemed to indicate that Marcy South could be converted to direct current, or DC, transmission, which may be more efficient.

“(New York Power Authority) has said they can convert their Marcy South line to DC, and in their testimony they pointed out a number of reasons why that would be better than NYRI,” he said. “We believe NYPA has proposed an alternative to NYRI.”

The proposed NYRI line would be a DC line.

The power authority’s Thomas McDermott said converting Marcy South would not require any additional right of way.

Kessel declined to comment on the testimony.

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Paterson slots $5 million for new green jobs program

Paterson slots $5 million for new green jobs program

HYDE PARK — Gov. David Paterson announced the release of $5 million in funds to train alternative energy workers at mid-Hudson community colleges Monday.
The surprise announcement came in midst of an alternative energy conference at which Paterson praised his newly appointed “senator in waiting” Kirsten Gillibrand.
As representative for the state’s 20th Congressional District, Gillibrand, a Democrat, was one of the sponsors of the event.
Paterson announce the creation of a “clean energy training consortium” that will be spearheaded by Ulster County BOCES and will involve programs at Orange and Sullivan, Dutchess and Rockland community colleges
“This should be a real shot in the arm,” the governor said.
Paterson gave the kenynote address at the standing room only conference.
It was an ideal platform for Gillibrand to take the spotlight as the new senator from New York. Paterson named her Friday to take the seat of Hillary Clinton, who has been appointed as secretary of State in the Obama administration.
Elements of the training programs are already up and running at the various community colleges. For instance, SUNY Ulster has a lot of solar effort underway.

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January 26, 2008, Albany Times Union: Indian Affairs Office For State?

Indian affairs office for state?
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By JAMES M. ODATO, Capitol bureau
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First published: Monday, January 26, 2009
Amid an escalating war of words between the Seneca Indian Nation and state government, aides to Gov. David Paterson are talking about recreating an Office of Indian Affairs, an executive-branch unit with "job lines" formerly held in the Department of Economic Development, which Paterson proposes to trim through merger.

The office was created under Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, but abandoned under Gov. George Pataki. The office would help Native American governments work with state agencies and negotiate with tribes on a myriad of thorny issues, including taxation. Cuomo’s original executive order should give Paterson the ability to fill slots without going to the Legislature.

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Mountain Jam V to feature Allmans, Richie Havens, Coheed and more

Mountain Jam V to feature Allmans, Richie Havens, Coheed and more

January 22, 2009

The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, Richie Havens, Coheed and Cambria and many others will perform at Mountain Jam V, May 29-31, at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills.

The concert will once again be staged by WDST (100.1 FM) in Woodstock and Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allmans and the Mule. Click on the link to the right for the full story.

Tickets will be available Monday. Visit www.mountainjam.com for information.

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December 25, 2008, The River Reporter: NYRI YEAR THREE – Fate may be settled this year

NYRI year three

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December 26, 2008, Buffalo News: Paterson proposes extending legal gambling to boost budget

Updated: 12/26/08 07:18 AM

Paterson proposes extending legal gambling to boost budget

Critics seek risks of more addiction

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ALBANY — Faced with a rising state budget deficit, Gov. David A. Paterson is turning to a reliable source of revenues previous governors have tried: gambling.

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