senate Bill S4861

Amended

Approves the exchange of certain lands between National Grid and the People of the State of New York

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 27 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 06 / Jun / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1007
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • AMENDED 4861A
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A8214

Summary

Authorizes the exchange of certain lands between National Grid and the state of New York.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4861
S4861A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Parks

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4861

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
approving the exchange of certain lands between National Grid and the
People of the State of New York

PURPOSE:
This legislation allows National Grid to deed to the state
approximately 20 acres of forest land currently owned by the company
in exchange for the six acres of forest preserve land bordering
County Route 56 and a utility light of way over a two mile stretch in
St.
Lawrence County. Without the exchange of land, the utility would have
had to re-route the construction of a new transmission line around
the forest preserve. As a result, a large track of forested land
would have had been clear cut to accommodate a new transmission line
deemed necessary to provide reliable service to the Central
Adirondacks. The legislation allows for the transaction between the
state and the utility as authorized in a constitutional amendment
approved by the people of the State of New York in 2009.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The legislation authorizes the state to convey close to six acres of
forest preserve land that adjoins County Route 56 in St. Lawrence
County to the utility. In exchange National Grid will convey to the
state for incorporation into the forest preserve approximately 20
acres of forest land in St. Lawrence County. The lands have been
identified by National Grid and reviewed by the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation which has deemed them to be
at least in equal value as required by the Constitutional Amendment.

JUSTIFICATION:
To ensure reliable electrical service year-round to certain
communities in the Adirondacks, including Tupper Lake and Lake
Placid, it was necessary for National Grid to construct a new 46kV
power line. This power line in large part runs along St.
Lawrence County's Route 56. However, there is a two mile stretch where
the right-of-way along the side of County Route 56 was not large
enough to accommodate the new power line without impinging on forest
preserve lands. Without the swapping of the identified land, National
Grid alternative plan would have run the power line around the forest
preserve lands, resulting in a seventy-five foot wide swath of land
being cleared along a six mile stretch of sensitive forest boreal
habitat. A 2009 constitutional amendment approved by the voters of the
State of New York allowed for a much more environmentally viable
alternative whereby a shorter, less expensive, less damaging route
could be utilized. The current legislation allows for the transaction
to occur between the state and the utility and the exchange of land
to take place.

The acreage being conveyed to the state will join state lands in two
areas in the Town of Piercefield that are currently divided by a
National Grid/Niagara Mohawk right away.
The adjacent lands that will remain in National Grid ownership split
parcels of land owned by two separate timber companies that have


granted the State of New York Conservation Easements. National Grid
has expressed a willingness to discuss future land transfer with the
timber company to allow for these tracks of land to also be joined
into one parcel.

The construction of the project was done in conjunction with the New
York Power Authority. Following the completion of the land transfer,
ownership of the line will be approved by the New York Power
Authority and upon approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, the line will be owned in whole by National Grid.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediate.

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