And here I thought I was paying attention… wow, how’d this one get by?
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against state Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo, D-Endwell, and others by an energy company that wants to develop a power line through upstate New York. New York Regional Interconnect filed suit earlier this year against Lupardo as the author of a new state law that prevents energy companies like NYRI from using eminent domain to seize private property. The lawsuit also names state Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mt. Hope, who sponsored the legislation in the state Senate.
I guess this was not unexpected, but it’s still weird to think that legally (under the 11th Amendment) a company has to sue individual legislators rather than the State itself. Here’s another story from the Norwich Evening Sun.
In other news, Clinton and Schumer introduced Senate legislation against FERC, in the name of states’ rights, over the summer. And also last month, railroad magnate Walter Rich died. This leaves people wondering what’s eventually going to become of the New York Susquehanna & Western railroad, and its murky relationship with NYRI (see this story for background). Some of the various anti-NYRI activist groups have been relatively dormant this summer – not a whole lot of press coverage, at any rate – but the Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition and Upstate NY Citizens Alliance (based in the Utica area) are currently active.
It’s been a while since I last wrote an update on the NYRI issue. The reason why I have been so interested in NYRI is not because I live in the affected area (I don’t) but because I am concerned about the whole “national interest electric transmission corridor” thing and what kind of precedent it sets for other resources we have here in New York State, especially our water resources, as I wrote last week.