NYPA Continues Progress in
Transferring Ownership of Surplus St. Lawrence-FDR Project Lands
December 5, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is
making progress in its efforts to convey almost 600 acres of surplus
lands from its St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project to
local municipalities and adjacent private property owners in several
North Country communities. NYPA is returning these shoreline-area
properties as part of a comprehensive settlement agreement reached
during the relicensing of the hydroelectric project here.
“The Power Authority remains committed to
transferring surplus lands within the St. Lawrence-FDR project
boundary. We have conveyed close to 400 acres and are working
diligently to transfer the remaining properties,” said Roger B.
Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “I’m looking
forward to the completion of this relicensing commitment so these
lands can be put to productive use by their new owners.”
In October 2003, NYPA received a new 50-year
operating license for the St. Lawrence-FDR project from the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission. Under the terms of the comprehensive
settlement agreement with the St. Lawrence Local Government Task
Force, NYPA agreed to transfer the surplus lands. Lands were
transferred to the municipalities at no cost. Residents can
purchase parcels adjoining their properties for fair market value.
NYPA is working on the land conveyances with the
local government task force, which consists of municipal and school
district entities with properties within the original boundary of
the St. Lawrence-FDR project.
NYPA has offered almost all 600 acres of surplus
lands to the towns of Massena, Louisville, Waddington and Lisbon;
the village of Waddington; and adjoining private landowners in those
municipalities. To date, approximately 379 acres have been
transferred to those combined parties, including all the properties
going to the municipalities. Most of the remaining 221 acres slated
for the adjoining private landowners have been offered to them.
This includes several acres originally conveyed to the town of
Waddington that will now be offered to the adjoining private
landowners, at the request of the town.
NYPA began sending out letters of intent in May
2006 to adjoining property owners in Lisbon, Waddington, Louisville
and Massena. A total of 490 letters went out.
In Lisbon, 89 percent of the adjoining property
owners have already opted to purchase shoreline-area property
adjacent to their lands. NYPA sent out 126 letters in Lisbon, and
received 113 responses requesting contracts, which were mailed to
NYPA sent 219 letters to adjoining property owners
in the town and village of Waddington. A total of 129 of the 141
respondents requested contracts. To date, 122 contracts have been
mailed to Waddington landowners with the remaining seven contracts
expected to be sent shortly. Twelve respondents indicated they are
A total of 82 of the 143 adjoining property owners
in Louisville have responded to the letters of intent. Of the 73
landowners that requested contracts, 49 have had contracts mailed to
them. The remaining contracts are expected to be mailed in the next
few weeks. Eight respondents are undecided and one property owner
has chosen not to proceed.
In Massena, parcels have been conveyed to four of
the five adjoining landowners with the fifth expected to be conveyed
Adjoining property owners have two years from the
date of the letter of intent to decide whether to purchase the
The Power Authority has committed to reinvest the
proceeds from the sale of the parcels to the adjoining landowners in
specific public works or economic support measures requested by the
municipalities. The amounts spent in each community would
approximate the sum collected for land sold in the respective
locality. Discussions have been ongoing with the localities on how
to use those proceeds within each of the municipalities.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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