ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – at the latest public hearing the town supervisor urged residents to contact local politicians and ask for assistance in the fight against solar development in their town.

“We’ve heard from are some who support some who do not support and my concern more importantly is the process,” said Sen. Joseph Griffo (R-I-C-Rome).

Griffo says there are a number of factors that need to be addressed starting with the fact that an un-elected board is able to make decisions on this issue, and this board has the sole authority over local governments. Now, they do not have a voice.

“This is their community they live there they work there let them say we want this or we don’t want this and we should respect that. that needs to be changed so that local constituents can communicate with local governments local governments can take a position that is in the best interest of the people they serve,” said Griffo.

Going forward the senator says the siting process to authorize this project needs to be reviewed and redone so community and local government to reject a proposal such as this. assemblywoman marianne buttenschon recently attended a committee hearing on “the role of state energy development…which examined the role of state authroities in facilitating the development of renewable energy. she says they gained insight from panelists that shared their knowledge on the issue. there is farmland has already been passed….and looking to the future….the assemblywoman says she will preserve this land.