Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee met today with representatives from Orange & Rockland Utilities to discuss the proposed sub-station off Oak Tree Road in Tappan.
“My office has received numerous phone calls and emails from residents concerned about the impact this sub-station might have on the community,” Assemblywoman Jaffee said. The Town of Orangetown requires O&R conduct an exhaustive site search for an alternative location – a requirement Assemblywoman Jaffee emphasized this morning.
During the meeting, Assemblywoman Jaffee looked over a multitude of maps while O&R representatives made their case for the sub-station.
“Residents are rightly concerned,” Assemblywoman Jaffee continued, “and it was important to hear O&R’s perspective. However, the quality of life of residents is my first priority, and before that is compromised in any way, we need to be assured by O&R that they have done their due diligence. It is important that there is forthright communication between O&R and residents. I don’t think that has happened yet, but I’m encouraged by their planned efforts at community outreach.”
Assemblywoman Jaffee is planning a site inspection as soon as possible.