MASSENA - Representatives from the New York Power Authority abruptly halted negotiations with the St. Lawrence Local Government Task Force Monday and unilaterally declared an end to the 10-year review of the 2002 re-licensing agreement.
After flying to Massena on NYPA’s private plane and making a take-it-or-leave-it final offer to the Task Force negotiating team, NYPA officials said the review was over and no further negotiations would take place.
Last night, the Task Force met and unanimously and summarily rejected the NYPA proposal.
The final offer included no new monetary compensation for the host communities and was a mixture of recently completed items such as the Northern New York Power Proceeds Act, St. Regis Mohawk Land Claims, and an offer for an economic development study that has been a longstanding request of the St. Lawrence River Redevelopment Agency.
NYPA consistently refused to increase its support for the St. Lawrence County host communities despite the fact that each year the power giant gives western NY host communities a monies and benefits nearly seven times greater than the financial support it affords St. Lawrence. There is clearly a double standard in how NYPA treats the two host communities.
Louisville Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault said, “I was present in 2002 when the Authority agreed to review the settlement agreement every 10 years. In the agreement the Authority explicitly agreed to address any inequities that might result if the benefits afforded St. Lawrence County did not compare with the local benefits provided by other NYPA projects. I expected better from NYPA; all we heard were excuses.”