ATHENS CITIZENS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
January 20, 2014
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Re: West Point Partners LLC
Case Number 13-T-0292
Dear Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo,
We are writing to you as a Citizens’ Committee against the proposed West Point Partners LLC project. This project is being reviewed by the NYS Public Service Commission (Case Number 13-T-0292) in response to your request for proposals under your New York State Energy Highway Blueprint.
Attached to this letter is our previous correspondence to the NYS Public Service Commission with regard to West Point Partners, LLC. The application by West Point Partners does very little to relieve the congestion downstate. It also does not adhere to the goal of locating within state owned or existing transmission right of ways, as stated in your 2014 State of the State Address: “Let’s incentivize smart projects that locate within state owned or existing transmission right of ways so that they are not interfering or spreading into local communities and lets offer those smart projects and expedited approval process which will cut the time from two years to ten months if they do it smart. It is a win-win for upstate which needs the economic growth and its rate payers for downstate New York.”
The West Point project route cuts through local communities and historic residential areas both in Athens, New York and at their southern location in Buchanan, New York. It also locates converter stations in local community residential and open space parcels.
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We understand the need for relieving congestion downstate. However, West Point Partners LLC simply does not meet that goal. We ask that you review our correspondence and visit our website and facebook pages for more information.
Thank you for the work you are doing for New York State. We hope that you honor your State of the State message and prevent West Point Partners as it is not a smart project that meets with your Energy Highway blueprint goals for energy economic growth.
Athens Citizens Development Committee
37 North Vernon Street
Athens, New York 12015
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