Focus turns to power plant; calls made for delay

Elected officials are turning their attention more and more to the future operations at the Cayuga Generating Facility in Lansing.

Later today, State Senator Mike Nozzolio will join Lansing Town Supervisor Kathy Miller, Lansing Schools Superintendent Chris Pettograsso and Tompkins County Legislator Pat Pryor at the plant.

They’ll call for the plant to be repowered to prevent “a devastating property tax increase” for town taxpayers, according to a statement from Senator Nozzolio’s office.

Meanwhile, State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton recently wrote to the state’s Public Service Commission, asking them to extend a public comment period on the proposal to re-fire the plant.

Lifton says there hasn’t been enough time for the public to fully engage on this issue.

“July 27th is the deadline for comments; it’s coming up pretty quick,” said Lifton. “I think we’d all be better off if we took more time and looked a little more carefully at this whole picture of energy in New York and where this fits in and what’s really the best route here.”

The plant’s operators have proposed four options to re-fire the plant from coal to natural gas operations.

Read more about the public comments on the PSC’s website.


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