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Letter: Power projects have many political ties

A state Supreme Court judge on Thursday, April

A state Supreme Court judge on Thursday, April 2, 2015, cited the LIPA Reform Act of 2013 in nullifying a stop-work order by East Hampton Town that prevented completion of a controversial East End power line. Credit: Brad Penner

Newsday's editorial board is spot-on in calling for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to nix Long Island Power Authority funding to study repowering of aging power plants in Port Jefferson, Island Park, and Northport ["Why we mustn't take our eyes off Albany," Editorial, April 15].

As part of a visionary energy policy, repowering these plants makes no sense. Repowering is merely a way to provide millions of ratepayer dollars annually to subsidize the favored school districts of certain politicians.

PSEG Long Island is to be commended for having completed the first objective study of Long Island energy needs. It concluded that we don't need any new power generation until at least 2024. But state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato are using political means to find a way to subsidize their favored school districts at the expense of the rest of us. This is politics at its worst.

It's also worth noting that state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' law firm wants to provide more ratepayer millions annually to the Longwood school district by trying to ram forward construction of the not-needed Caithness II fossil-fuel plant.

Peter Maniscalco, Manorville

Editor's note: The writer is a Long Island energy activist.