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The "friendship monument" rededication was a small, quiet affair atop the dam.
The "friendship monument" rededication was a small, quiet affair atop the dam.

NYPA celebrates 50th amidst controversy

50 years ago, the Moses-Saunders power dam began producing electricity from the St. Lawrence River in Massena. It forever changed the North Country's environment, economy, and culture. The dam also gave birth to a state-owned utility called the New York Power Authority. Today, NYPA owns 18 generating plants and is one of the most politically powerful authorities in New York. It's developed a reputation for secrecy and patronage. There are widespread calls for NYPA's reform. Yesterday, the Power Authority celebrated 50 years of harnessing the waters of the St. Lawrence in a small event on the middle of the dam. As David Sommerstein reports, it was a ceremony full of contradictions.  Go to full article
Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Gov, Aubertine at odds over NYPA offer

Somewhat muted in the surprise over Senator Bruno's announcement not to seek re-election is a bizarre flap involving Governor David Paterson and North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine. On Saturday, Aubertine said he was offered the chairmanship of the New York Power Authority, and that he declined it. Yesterday, Governor Patterson said the Senator from Jefferson County was never offered the job in the first place. But as David Sommerstein reports, political observers question whether the Governor's telling the truth.  Go to full article

Locals chide NYPA as leadership changes

The New York Power Authority and the North Country have a long, shared history. The agency overseeing the state's energy production is about to get a new leader. A couple former power industry insiders now wonder if this region will get the recognition it deserves. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

Municipal power customers face price spike

Municipal power customers will get a shock when they open their electric bills this week. Municipal electric departments statewide have been hit with new charges. Tupper Lake and Lake Placid residents were hit the hardest; their villages' January bill from the power authority more than doubled. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

State reps disagree on redevelopment agency

Two of the North Country top Albany representatives disagree about a new economic development agency for St. Lawrence County. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Schumer Meets in Massena

New York Senator Charles Schumer took advantage of his chamber's summer recess to visit the North Country yesterday. He toured the biomass renewable energy plant in Lewis County. And he discussed everything from Iraq and Alcoa to passports and the farm bill in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa deadline pushes power talks

Negotiations over a contract for low-cost power at the Massena Alcoa plant continue with new urgency. According to published reports, the aluminum company has set an internal deadline of July 1 to secure the low-cost electricity it calls essential for continued operations. That puts added pressure on the talks and the community. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

APA in Ray Brook to get ?green? update

NYPA The Adirondack Park Agency headquarters in Ray Brook will get a $100-thousand green update thanks to the New York Power Authority. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Massena to state: keep power here

More than 150 North Country leaders and residents had an urgent message for a state task force Friday in Massena. They said selling cheap power downstate would crush the region's future. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Drowned Cities

The St Lawrence River Power Project forever changed the landscape of the North Country. The hydro power dams erected almost 50 years ago expanded the Seaway, flooding 100 square miles of land on both sides of the river. St Lawrence County leaders who now argue for cheap power to stay here in the North Country say the state should remember that sacrifice.

Most of the flooding was on the Canadian side; we'll hear about the '10 lost villages' in a moment. On the American side, parts of Waddington and Massena were flooded, and hundreds of farmhouses along the old Route 37 were moved. Dale Hobson was an eyewitness. He spoke with Gregory Warner.  Go to full article

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