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Center for Community Studies at JCC Hosts Forum on NYS Article X Energy Law on March 8

On Thursday, March 8, 2012, the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College will host a forum on the 2011 Article X Energy Law, which re-established a state siting process for electrical generation facilities over 25 megawatts and provides for an override of municipal zoning regulations.  The forum will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Jules Center Amphitheater, Room 6-002, at Jefferson Community College. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. 

New York  Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill (101st District, Kingston), chair of the New York State (NYS) Assembly Energy Committee, will present the "pros" of Article X and NYS Assemblywoman Addie Jenne Russell (118th District, Theresa), member of the Energy and Economic Development committees, will present the "cons" to the final form of the law.  Dr. Raymond E. Petersen, political science professor at JCC and director of the Center for Community Studies, will serve as moderator for the forum. Additionally, Dr. Petersen will provide background on both pros and cons of the new Article X from his doctoral work on New York State energy policy.  Audience members will be invited to ask questions of the panelists.

Appointed to the position of Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Energy in February of 2008, Assemblyman Cahill has made energy efficiency and independence a top priority and led the way on initiatives promoting renewable power generation, sustainable building practices and the development of a green workforce.   A graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Albany Law School, Assemblymember Cahill began his NYS Assembly tenure in 1992.

Assemblymember Russell joined the NYS Assembly in 2009 after serving as Jefferson County legislator for 3 years.  In addition to serving on the Energy and Economic Development committees, she is also a current member of the Agriculture, Veterans, Corporations and Local Government committees.  In 2011, she was elected chair of the subcommittee on Women Veterans. Assemblywoman Russell is a graduate of the University at Albany and Syracuse University College of Law.

Dr. Petersen’s dissertation,Public Power and Private Planning: The Power Authority of the State of New York, was completed in 1990 and included information on how the original siting process in the 1970s could have made the expansion of Fort Drum in 1984 impossible.During a 2010 sabbatical, Dr. Petersen conducted further research on current energy planning and siting issues.

The Article X Forum is the first in a series of presentations on Civic Engagement sponsored by theCenter for Community Studies.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Raymond Petersen, Center for Community Studies, 315-786-2488.