HAWLEY RIPS CUOMO PLAN TO TAKE LOCAL CONTROL OF ENERGY PROJECTS AWAY FROM ALL MUNICIPALITIES
Written by WBTA STAFF on February 25, 2020
A Statement by Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)
“This is an unprecedented attack on the autonomy of our local governments. If the people who live in our towns and villages Upstate have no say when it comes to something as fundamental as land use, what rights can they reasonably expect to maintain? Of course Cuomo’s wealthy donors in the energy industry want him to be able to handpick their projects and situate them wherever is best for them. That doesn’t mean the governor should go along with it.
“I’m all for green energy projects that work for local residents, local governments and local economies. Giving the governor total, unilateral control would be a grave mistake. I’ll be fighting this misguided proposal, and I’ll be working hard to make sure it’s not included in our final budget plan,” said Hawley.