Taylor KnightFeb 5, 2018, 1:40 pm

Communities in Rockland sign agreement for power line extension under Route 9W

Project will reportedly generate $223M in tax revenue over the next 40 years

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WEST HAVERSTRAW — Clarkstown, Stony Point, Haverstraw, the Village of Haverstraw and the Village of West Haverstraw all signed an agreement last week with developer TDI to allow the Champlain Hudson Power Express to extend a power line under Route 9W in their areas. It will begin in Stony Point and end in Clarkstown.

TDI says the 333-mile underground and underwater power line that stretches from Canada to Queens will increase security of having electricity and reduce energy costs for customers. However, some people in West Haverstraw say it won't directly help them.

“Do we really need power from Canada to Queens? You know, we aren't going to benefit from this” said Stony Point resident Dominic Colleluore.

In the agreement, TDI has agreed to a $22 million unrestricted community benefit fund for new capital projects. The developer also agreed to an additional $9 million for road improvements and beautification along Route 9W.

Reports say the project will generate a total of $223 million in tax revenue over the next 40 years.

Local officials say they are concerned with traffic implications. They are asking TDI to conduct a traffic study to determine the best times to install the line.

The power line is expected to be in service by 2022.

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