Borrello Backs Suit Seeking To Overturn Environmental “Regulation Overreach”

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JAMESTOWN – The State Senator representing the Jamestown area is backing a new lawsuit that is seeking to overturn what he calls an overreach of state environmental regulations in New York.

State Senator George Borrello says the suite, filed this week by a coalition of municipalities, community organizations and conservation groups, seeks to overturn regulations which are aimed at fast-tracking approvals for renewable energy projects, like wind turbine installation efforts, by bypassing local zoning and approval processes and environmental reviews.

Borrello says the regulations are politically-driven by the Governor’s Office, and a violation of the State Constitution’s home rule provisions as well as the tenets of New York State’s Environmental Quality Review Act.

“It is the ultimate irony that in their rush to ‘save the environment,’ ORES and the Cuomo administration are violating a state law that is the cornerstone of New York’s environmental protection efforts,” said Borrello. “That contradiction speaks volumes about the true motives behind this so-called ‘green energy’ agenda.”

Additionally, he says the rules bypass the state DEC, allowing for the potential destruction of farmland and natural habitats.


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