Little, Sheehan lobby for land swap

It makes practical sense for the people of Tupper Lake as well, he notes.

"Power outages over the past few winters have required the village to put people in shelters so they didn't freeze to death," he said. National Grid, the New York State Power Authority and the state Department of Environmental Conservation signed an agreement authorizing the construction in early 2008.

"DEC agrees to forebear enforcement against National Grid and the Power Authority to proceed so long as National Grid and the Power Authority are pursuing a constitutional amendment," the agreement states.

Little said things would get very complicated if the amendment failed. An amendment to the state constitution requires two separate passages in both legislative houses. The measure passed the state Senate and the Assembly for the second time last spring.

If successful, over 50 acres would be added to the forest preserve off of the highway.

It will be on the ballot state-wide on November 3.

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