Madison County: Board of Supervisors holds day four of annual session

In addition to doing away with in-county meal reimbursement, the Madison County Board of Supervisors tackled a number of other issues at its Dec. 7 meeting, day four of annual session.

Communities Against Regional Interconnect

Supervisors approved a resolution acknowledging the change of administration for Communities Against Regional Interconnect from New York State Association of Counties to Mohawk Valley EDGE. CARI is a coalition of counties that have joined forces to fight the construction of a high-tension power transmission project through Central New York to benefit downstate customers.

The group needed an entity to receive funds and pay bills, said Assistant Planning Director Paul Miller last week. He said NYSAC took it on initially, but EDGE, a regional economic development agency, agreed to take NYSAC's place.

Miller said EDGE has been serving in this capacity for some time, but counties had to adopt resolutions to make it official in order to receive state funding promised more than a year ago.

"The [state] Comptroller's office required that the agreement between CARI and counties required that NYSAC be replaced, even though our original contract said CARI group could replace them at will," Miller said.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Rocco J. DiVeronica (R,C -- Lenox) said NYSAC was the only option at the time the alliance was formed.

"There was no other avenue at the time to filter the money through," DiVeronica said. "We had to go through NYSAC to support our efforts to get money through the senate. We're winning this a little bit at a time. It's going to cost us money, but we're going to continue fighting this. I'm appreciative to the counties and communities that have contributed to this fight, so we don't have to pay higher rates and have this come right through their communities."

Miller said the move does not change any financial or other obligations with the county.

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