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May 12, 2014 2:15 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Proposed State Law Could Allow For Buried Transmission Line In East Hampton

May 12, 2014 4:32 PM

Two Long Island lawmakers have sponsored legislation that would allow New York State towns to create special taxing districts to pay for the burying of electric lines underground. If approved, the law would give East Hampton town and village the legal grounds to petition for undergrounding PSEG’s high voltage transmission line from East Hampton to Amagansett.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced the legislation on Monday afternoon. The law would create specific areas within a town to “enter into agreements with public utility companies” to construct transmission, distribution, cable, and television lines underground, or “convert existing above ground utilities to underground.”

The process of creating the districts would resemble to creation of other “special districts,” according to a press release from Mr. Thiele’s office. Residents of the district would have to vote to approve its creation. Once the district was established, a town board would enter into a contract with the utility company to put a new or pre-existing project underground.

The legislation would also allow Long Island towns to petition LIPA to “contribute at least 50-percent of the net incremental cost of improvements for the district.” The net cost, according to the release, is the difference between an underground project and the overhead project. Any federal aid the project was eligible for would be deducted from the net cost.

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And Mr. Thiele, you left Montauk out because.......
By tm (174), mtk on May 12, 14 2:25 PM
Because no comparable work is contemplated east of the Amagansett substation at this time (and adding Montauk into the equation would complicate passage of the bill)?

Just a guess to make the proposed legislation as lean as possible.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 12, 14 2:30 PM
This is a statewide bill.......it could apply in Montauk as well as anyplace else in the state.
By shadow captain (34), sag harbor on May 12, 14 6:28 PM
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Election year catering to the absolute tiniest of groups. But yeah what do you expect from a group of people who spent 45 minutes debating the state desert late into the night but less than 30 debating the unSAFE Act. Clowns, clowns and more clowns.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on May 12, 14 2:57 PM
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Uh.....you mean dessert........I don't think there are any deserts in NYS....I could be wrong.
By shadow captain (34), sag harbor on May 12, 14 6:31 PM
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By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on May 13, 14 6:54 AM
Basically shifts a portion of your electric bill to your tax bill. What a monumental achievement. When are we going to get lower rates?
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on May 12, 14 5:34 PM