Talks To Resume Between NYPA, Local Governments

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Members of a local government task force say they are buoyed by the community support they've received as they head into their first meeting with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) after talks broke down in late June.

Representatives from Lisbon, Louisville, Massena, Waddington, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Massena Central School and St. Lawrence County meet with NYPA Friday.

Members of the St. Lawrence Local Government Task Force have been negotiating with the power authority to increase the money they receive in exchange for the loss of property tax on land flooded by the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project.

For its part, NYPA says its looking forward to working with the task force "to deliver additional benefits now and avoid any delay of economic development and job growth in the north country."

The task force filed two compaints against the authority, claiming NYPA didn't make payments or complete work it promised to do. That paves the way for a lawsuit if talks break down again.

At issue is an apparent disparity between the local agreement, last signed in 2002, and one recently negotiated with communities in western New York.

Task force members claim NYPA gave western New York  a much better deal than the $115 million local governments receive.

NYPA says it's offering "significant additional benefits."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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