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A farming family has succeeded against the town officials in the town of Henderson. After seven months of delays by the town board, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, a farming family has succeeded against the intransigence of town officials.

On Sept 19, the small wind turbine electric generator for the Grimshaw family farm was finally authorized. The attorney for the town, David Renzi, reversed himself and recommended to the ZBA that they conform to the New York State Constitution and its laws. He had received several notifications from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, which went unheeded until the end.

The town has now agreed to follow the guidelines of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, which assures the right to farm and includes wind turbine generators as accepted farm practices. No concessions were made from the original application of March 5, and the project will be allowed as applied for.

Thank you especially to the cooperation and support of the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Farming families in the town of Henderson may be assured of their right to install a wind turbine electric generator as a complement to their farming operation.

Sherret Chase

Pompton Plains, N.J.

The writer is president of Chase Construction Management, Inc.

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