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Law limits towns’ rights on wind turbines  

Credit:  The Post-Standard | November 25, 2012 | syracuse.com ~~

A form of eminent domain is happening here in Jefferson County, thanks to Article X, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This law will take away home rule from our towns and give the power to the state to site industrial wind turbines.

After years of local concerned residents fighting off big wind companies’ corruption of our political system, the governor has sided with foreign wind companies and against residents of Jefferson County and all of New York. An overwhelming majority of residents of our small towns have come out against 500-foot industrial wind turbines that would dominate the area for miles around. We now have laws on the books that will protect its residents from these huge and noisy wind turbines. The question is, will Article X rule over the laws of the towns and take away the people’s rights to their private property? Placing a few hundred huge wind turbines throughout these towns is a foreign wind company’s form of eminent domain.

Wind turbine noise can reach out hundreds of yards from the generator, invading the surrounding private property and limiting that person’s use of their own land. Because of the inconsistent nature of wind, a turbine is very inefficient. Let the secretary to the Siting Board in Albany know you want to save our bays, lakes and river from these huge wind turbines. Contact Jaclyn A. Billing at secretary@dps.ny.gov.

Steve Rutigliano
Three Mile Bay

Source:  The Post-Standard | November 25, 2012 | syracuse.com

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