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Erie County Lawmakers Want Better Settlement Offer From NYPA

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – The Erie County Energy and Environment Committee Thursday voted unanimously to recommend rejection of the relicensing settlement offer from the New York Power Authority.

Lawmakers heard testimony from community, government and NYPA representatives. A NYPA trustee testified that the fifty-year offer of two million dollars per year is more than fair given what he called the negligible negative impact to Erie County.

But local government and environmental advocates disagreed. So did prominent businessman Carl Paladino.

Paladino said NYPA is profiting on the out of state and downstate sale of power generated in Erie County's backyard.

He said the offer amounts to a multi - trillion dollar slap in the face.

"We are sitting here the most economically depressed are of New York State and the most ecconomically depressed city in America,"" said Paladino. "And this New York State Power Authority goes off in their own dilly-dally way, scaring everybody that we have to get on the ball and accept this ridiculous two-million dollar a year settlement."

U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins agrees. Higgins sent an aide to give lawmakers his alternative proposal of not less that ten million per year that would be used for waterfront development. The committee is recommending the plan for legislative action.