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August 27, 2014
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NYC files for hydroelectric licenses

NEW YORK CITY — The City of New York, acting through the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), filed draft applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relating to its West of Hudson Hydroelectric Project on September 20. A draft license application was filed with respect to the city’s proposed Cannonsville Hydroelectric Development, and draft applications for exemption from licensing were filed with respect to the proposed Neversink Hydroelectric Development and Pepacton Hydroelectric Development.

FERC awarded a preliminary permit to the city, giving it three years to complete the necessary studies to file for a license application, on March 20, 2009. DEP had submitted a preliminary permit application to study the development of hydroelectric power generation at the Cannonsville, Pepacton, Neversink and Schoharie reservoirs.

Written comments regarding the city’s draft applications are due within 90 days. Accordingly, comments must be submitted to DEP by December 19. Comments should be sent to Zinnia Rodriguez, Principal Administrative Assistant, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 19th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, or ZinniaR@dep.nyc.gov. Visit www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/dep_projects/woh_hydroelectric_project.shtml.

Road rage

ELDRED, NY — J.P. Gunther of Yulan has been charged with four counts of reckless endangerment and several misdemeanors in relation to a road rage incident that occurred at about 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Gunther is accused of pointing a .22-caliber rifle at a Jeep containing a family (a husband, wife and two infants) and firing a round at it.

According to accounts the victims gave the authorities, the woman was driving the vehicle on Eldred Yulan Road, and having just gotten her learner’s permit, was driving cautiously. Gunther, in a Chevrolet truck, tailgated the Jeep, passed it on a double-lined section of the road, and pulled into his driveway. By the time the couple drove by, he had hold of a rifle, which he pointed at them, and they heard a shot.

Gunther was arrested after a brief investigation. Deputies confiscated two 12-gauge shotguns, a Ruger .22-caliber rifle and a shell casing. He was arraigned in Town of Highland Court and sent to the Sullivan County Jail.