Massa to weigh in on turbines
Opponents of a Steuben County wind turbine project will get a boost Tuesday when Congressional hopeful Eric Massa visits a public information meeting featuring Republican candidates vying for the party's nomination in the Sept. 18 primaries.
The meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. at Cohocton Elementary School, 30 Park Ave.
Moderated by Kevin Doran of WLEA-AM and WCKR-FM, the forum will offer an opportunity for local politicians to weigh in on he development of three windmill projects in Cohocton and Prattsburgh.
"We'll be talking about whatever the residents of Cohocton want to talk about, but that is basically the only thing that is talked about," said Judy Hall, member of the Cohocton Wind Watch, a group that opposes the windmill installation. "It's gotten very ugly of late, but I'm assuming a lot of it will be about that."
The Wind Watch group filed legal actions Aug. 31 in state Supreme Court in Steuben County against the Cohocton Planning Board to block the development of wind turbines. The group has been at odds with the town since last summer over the construction of wind turbines on Pine Hill, Lent Hill and Dutch Hill.
Last week, Massa compared the current problem to that of 1950s nuclear power, saying politicians can be focused on potential benefits and not the billions of dollars in taxes that were created. Massa also said local residents would have to deal with thousands of windmills the size of the Washington Monument if the project continues.
“Today in Steuben County and throughout the Southern Tier and Upstate New York, we’re being scammed in much the same way ... by foreign-owned companies,” he said. “We are being told that we are building windmills to provide electrical power for New York State’s largest consumers, but the largest consumers in New York are air conditioners in New York City in the summer.”
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