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Albany/HV: Clinton fights power line project
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The talk in one small Dutchess County town is all about the building of power lines in their backyard. Our Michael Howard has the story on the many residents who could be affected by it.

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Clinton resident Greg Quinn has lived and farmed on his 140 acres of land for more than 10 years, but he says his livelihood could be in jeopardy.

In order to increase the amount of power that can flow across the state, officials are planning on expanding and strengthening high voltage power lines. For Quinn, that could mean another tower on his land, which he says would destroy his 10,000 planted crops.

“I’m not alone,” said Quinn. “There are a lot of farms up and down this corridor that are going to take really, really big hits.”

Where numerous homes near the lines could take a property value hit as many in the town are fighting it.

Thursday night, representatives from the Public Service Commission held a public meeting to showcase the project and to address concerns. They say there are five proposals on the table.

“The commission is going to take a significant amount of time of reviewing the proposals, before they make a determination,” said Jim Denn of the New York State Public Service Board.

Most residents are against many of the five proposals, other than putting the new lines underground.

“There are some proposals for undergrounding segments, there are some above ground where the final project will be determined by the public service commission,” said Denn.

As for Quinn, he hopes whatever is done is in the best interests of the county's residents.

“It’s about doing the right thing because this is not for the next year or two or ten or 20. This is going to be a long term thing.”

Officials say a proposal won’t be selected until 2016. As for Clinton residents, they say they're still going to be putting up a fight.

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