January 23, 2014
Contact: Ian Solomon
CLAVERACK, NEW YORK
State and federal legislators show support for power line meeting
State Senator Kathleen Marchione and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett will be among those to speak at a community meeting this coming Saturday in Churchtown NY. US Congressman Chris Gibson will also be sending a representative to read a letter of support for those involved in the effort. The meeting concerns the taking of homes and farmland by eminent domain as utility companies propose alternating current upgrades to existing high voltage power lines running through Columbia and Dutchess Counties. It will be held on Saturday, January 25 at 11am in the main meeting room at the Churchtown Firehouse in Churchtown NY.
Farmers and Families for Claverack is a group of citizens opposed to the taking of homes and farmland by eminent domain as utility companies propose alternating current upgrades to existing high voltage power lines running through Claverack. The group's leader, Ian Solomon, stated, "we have potentially a long fight ahead of us, but we’re encouraged to know we have the support of our political leaders from the local all the way up to the federal level. We have seen citizens’ groups and public officials banding together up and down the Hudson Valley, across party lines, to help with this important property rights and environmental issue, and it is already starting to bear fruit. We will continue to educate the public and keep up the fight until we feel our communities’ concerns have been fully addressed."
In addition to Marchione and Barrett, and Gibson’s spokesperson, other speakers will include Claverack Supervisor Clifford Weigelt, Milan NY Town Board member Marion Mathison, Livingston Town Board member Will Yandik, environmental advocacy attorney Hayley Carlock, as well as Solomon and several Claverack residents. There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion of the meeting and attendees will have a chance to submit comments to the Public Service Commission. For more information, contact Ian Solomon at 518-209-6572.