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Massena officials circulate NYPA petitions at town board meeting

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MASSENA - Town officials are circulating petitions requesting assistance from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in getting a “fair and equitable” deal from the New York Power Authority, as negotiations for the 10-year-review of the relicensing agreement continue.

“Our goal is to get 1,000 signatures and send this to Governor Cuomo,” said Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray, as the petition circled the room during a recent town board meeting.

Councilman Samuel Carbone Jr., who works for the power authority, asked for it to be reflected in the minutes that he was not a part of the discussion. “I recluse myself from these efforts because of my employment,” he said.

The petition, which is also available on-line, asks for three things.

■ A fair and equitable resolution of the on-going 10-year review of the existing host community agreement with NYPA.

■ Benefits that are comparable to those provided to the NYPA Niagara Power Project host communities in Western New York,”

■ Economic assistance that will serve to repair our economy, which has suffered significant job losses as a result of the shutdown of General Motors and partial shutdown of Alcoa, consistent with the legislative policy statement that the St. Lawrence-FDR Project “shall in all respects for the aid, improvement and benefit of commerce and navigation along the St. Lawrence River.

Many other municipalities, including the towns of Louisville and Waddington, as well as the Massena Central School District are also pushing the petition drive.

In addition to encouraging people to sign the petition, town officials also had copies of a form letter available for people to complete and send to the governor’s office.

Copies of the letter, which is addressed to Governor Cuomo, may be picked up at the town office.

One excerpt from the letters compares the region’s settlement with one in Western New York.

“The magnitude of disparity between the Niagara and St. Lawrence-FDR re-licensing settlements is staggering,” the letter reads. “The current negotiations represent a chance to make right was was a wholly inequitable and bad deal for our communities.”

In order to complete the letter, all one has to do is insert the date, the name of the town in which they reside and then sign their name.

On the web:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/equity-for-st-lawrence-county

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