COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A snowy day in Columbia County didn't stop people from coming out for a public meeting on a proposal to expand high-voltage power lines in the area.
Business owners, farmers and elected officials packed the Churchtown Fire house, expressing their concerns.
They said the expansion, part of Governor Cuomo's Energy Highway Expansion project, could have many economic and health implications.
One elected official said the project would undo a lot of good.
"We are a region that has flourished in the last few years, despite the econonimic downtown because of our beautiful, beautiful landscapes, our view sheds, our farms. This has been one of the great success stories in the last years in New York State, this region. And these power lines would do nothing but destroy them,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett.
A representative for the public service commission said some modifications to the proposed upgrade are being considered.
The project is in its early stages, with bids still coming in.