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STATE OF NEW YORK
ENERGY PLANNING BOARD

NOTICE OF ISSUANCE OF THE DRAFT STATE ENERGY PLAN
NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT HEARINGS

The purpose of this notice is to announce the completion and issuance of an integrated Draft State Energy Plan (Draft Plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), to solicit written comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS and oral comments at a series of public meetings to be held across the State, and to inform the public of the procedure for requesting evidentiary hearings in the event that there is any dispute as to material facts contained in the Draft Plan.

Issuance of the Draft Plan

The Energy Planning Board has issued a Draft Plan which contains, among other things, the forecasts and assessments required by Article 6 of the Energy Law and addresses the issues identified by the Board in a Public Notice published in the State Register on April 18, 2001. The Draft Plan is intended to provide strategic direction and guidance and to coordinate state government’s energy-related activities over the next several years.

Completion of the DEIS

The Energy Planning Board, as lead agency, has completed a DEIS pursuant to Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law relating to the preparation and issuance of the Draft Plan. This is an unlisted, statewide action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The analysis constituting the DEIS is integrated with the Draft Plan and the Plan includes a separate section which outlines compliance with SEQRA.

Public Comment Hearings on the Draft Plan and the DEIS

The Energy Planning Board hereby gives notice that public comment hearings will be held for the purpose of receiving oral comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS at the following locations and times:

Buffalo - January 23, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, New York 14202.

Rochester - January 24, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00pm at the Four Points Sheraton Rochester Riverside Hotel, 120 Main Street, Rochester, New York 14604.

Syracuse - January 29, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in Grewen Hall at LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Spring Road, Syracuse, New York 13214.

Binghamton - January 30, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Best Western Binghamton Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 225 Water Street, 1 Sarbro Square, Binghamton, New York 13901.

Mineola - February 5, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Long Island Marriot, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, New York 11553.

Manhattan - February 26, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the W Hotel at Times Square, 1567 Broadway at 47th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Brooklyn - February 27, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238.

Albany - March 5, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Public Assembly Room, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233.

Persons who wish to speak should register in advance by contacting Paul DeCotis at the address set forth below.

In addition to these hearings, staffs of the Energy Planning Board agencies will be giving a technical briefing on the draft plan in Albany on January 15, 2002 at 10:00 am, at the Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 7.

Submission of Written Comments

The public is also invited to submit written comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS. Written comments should be submitted to Paul DeCotis at the address set forth below and must be received no later than 5:00 pm on March 15, 2002.

Requests for Evidentiary Hearings

Any interested person may request evidentiary hearings on the issues identified in paragraph 6-104(2)(a) of the Energy Law or on the factual basis for any other issue identified in subdivision 6-104(2). Any such request must comply with the requirements of 9 NYCRR 7848.4(a). The original and five copies of any such request must be served on the Board no later than March 5, 2002. The Board may be served by delivery to Roger D. Avent, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Corporate Plaza West, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, New York 12203-6399. Copies of any such requests must be served on all persons included on the Board’s service list at the same time as the request is served on the Board. A copy of the Board’s service list can be obtained from Roger Avent by writing to him at the same address or by calling (518) 862-1090, extension 3333. In the event timely requests for evidentiary hearings are received, the Board will issue a ruling as to whether such hearings are warranted and will specify the issues to be addressed.

Further information about the Draft Plan, the DEIS, and the public comment hearings may be obtained from Paul DeCotis at:

New York State Energy Planning Board
c/o New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Corporate Plaza West
286 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, New York 12203-6399
Phone Number: (518) 862-1090, extension 3321.


Negative Declaration

Broome County - The Town Board of the Town of Dickinson, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law entitled, "A Local Law Amending Chapter 108, regarding zoning, of the Code of the Town of Dickinson" will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. A public hearing will be held on January 14, 2002 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dickinson Town Hall, 842 Front Street, Binghamton, New York. The action involves the Local Law which creates the following Planned Unit Development Districts:

Planned Unit Development Residential (PUD-R)
Planned Unit Development Commercial (PUB-C)

Said local law also establishes specific regulations and approval considerations for the proposed PUD Districts within the Town of Dickinson.

The change affects approximately 30 acres within the Town of Dickinson, Broome County.

Contact: Catherine C. Schaewe, Town of Dickinson, P. O. Box 1864, Binghamton, New York 13902, phone: (607) 724-3211.


Broome County - The New York State Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed rehabilitation/reconstruction of NYS Route 79 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves rehabilitation/reconstruction a 5.15 km section of NYS Route 79 with some roadway re-alignment. The project begins at RM 79-9103-1155 in the Village of Lisle and ends at RM 79-9103-1187 in Center Lisle. The primary purpose of the project is to address the pavement and drainage deficiencies and improve safety related non-standard features which will provide a safe and efficient roadway that is compatible with the abutting segment of NYS Route 79 in Tioga County.

Contact: John R. Williams, NYS Department of Transportation, 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, New York 13901-3200, phone: (607) 721-8116.


Cayuga County - The Town of Brutus, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Eastern Brutus Water Distribution System will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves installation of approximately 30,000 linear feet of water distribution main, acquisition of easement, options, property and/or property rights. The project is located townwide.

Contact: Ann Petrus, Town of Brutus, P O Box 720, Weedsport, New York 13166, phone: (315) 834-6942.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIs

Tompkins County The Planning and Development Board of the City of Ithaca, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Elmira Road Shopping Center. The action involves Site Plan Approval for 189,444 square feet of retail space with an additional 9,290square feet of out-parcel development and a total of 1,101± paved parking spaces. The site will have one access point on Elmira Road. Proposed site improvements include a 10-foot tree lawn and a 5-foot sidewalk along Elmira Road, pedestrian/bicycle access into the site, buffering from adjacent properties, grading, drainage, landscaping, lighting, signage. The project is located on Elmira Road in the City of Ithaca between Spencer Road and Buttermilk Falls Road.

Contact: JoAnn Cornish, Planning and Development, City of Ithaca, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, New York 14850, phone: (607) 274-6550.