Bell Station

NYSEG's Bell Station In Lansing Up For Auction

Compiled by Donna Scott and Suan Yong

last updated September 16, 2021

Towards the northwest corner of the Town of Lansing is a parcel of lakeshore property known as Bell Station, located between Nut Ridge Road and the former Cayuga Operating Company Power Plant. This approximately-471-acre parcel, owned by New York State Electric and Gas Co. (NYSEG), remains mostly wooded and has 3400 feet (over ½ mile) of undeveloped shoreline, a rare feature in the 11 Finger Lakes, let alone on Cayuga Lake.

Much of the property has been designated by Tompkins County as a Unique Natural Area. The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has been working in good faith for many years to secure this land as a conservation area at a fair price, with full support of the Lansing Town Board and Conservation Advisory Council, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

In late August, 2021, we learned that NYSEG intends to auction off the property to the highest bidder. The FLLT on behalf of the DEC is prepared to make a purchase offer based on fair market value, but they are limited from paying more than a documented appraised value. The proposed auction presents an unnecessary element of uncertainty that could lead to the property being sold for development. We understand that the decision to auction came from corporate, and not from the local NYSEG offices who have been very helpful with installing Osprey platforms, among other conservation efforts.

The auction is slated for October 11-13, 2021.

What can you do to help take Bell Station off the auction block?

Strong local action is needed immediately to try to stop the auction.

Sign this change.org petition: https://chng.it/yQdP6g8PyT

and spread the word. NY Senator Pam Helming and Assemblywoman Anne Kelles are using these signatures to work this issue via the state government.

Letters by individuals may be sent to townclerk@lansingtown.com

Send a letter to NY Senator Helming (info below). She is very supportive and wants letters and messages to show others.

Public officials and other people to contact are listed below.


Additional Links

People to Contact

Compiled by Donna Scott – DLS9@cornell.edu

Send letters, emails or phone the following.


NYS Public Service Commission

Since the property is being sold by a utility company, the final sale is contingent on the seller obtaining regulatory approval from the New York State Public Service Commission as required by Section 70 of the Public Service Law.

Hon. Michelle L. Phillips
Secretary to the Commission
New York State Public Service Commission
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 3
Albany, NY 12223-1350

Phone: (518) 474-6530

Fax: (518) 474-9842

Email: secretary@dps.ny.gov

Ask her to send copies of letters to Commissioners David J. Valesky & James S. Alesi. (Valesky is a Syracuse native, while Alesi is a Rochester native.)


Public Affairs Office

James Denn
Public Information Officer
New York State Public Service Commission
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 3
Albany, NY 12223-1350

Phone: (518) 474-7080

Fax: (518) 474-0421

Email: james.denn@dps.ny.gov

Public Affairs serves as an advocate for the Commission's and Department's utility regulatory policies, programs and initiatives. It conducts an integrated internal and external communications program. The office strives to establish a framework to foster communication with the public and other constituencies through coordination of several different agency activities. Further, it ensures that such efforts accurately represent the Commission's decisions and the Department's advocacy on behalf of consumers.


Consumer Complaints

Office of Consumer Services
New York State Public Service Commission
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 3
Albany, NY 12223-1350

Phone: 1-800-342-3377


NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Commissioner Basil Seggos
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-1011

Phone: 518-402-8545

Web contact: https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/407.html


NY Senator Pam Helming

She is very supportive, and needs letters or messages to show others.

Senator Pam Helming
425 Exchange St
Geneva, NY 14456

Email: Helming@NYsenate.gov

Phone: 315-568-9816

Fax: 315-789-1946

Albany Office:

Legislative Office Building Room 517
Albany, NY 12247

Phone: 518-455-2366


NY Assemblymember Dr. Anna R. Kelles

District Office:

106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone: 607-277-8030

Email: kellesa@nyassembly.gov

Albany Office:

LOB 833
Albany, NY 12248

Phone: 518-455-5444


New York Governor Kathy Hochul

The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Phone: 1-518-474-8390 (Office hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm)

Web contact: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form


National:

US Representative Tom Reed

1203 Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3161

Web contact: https://reed.house.gov/contact/


433 Exchange Street, Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: 315-759-5229


US Senator Charles Schumer

322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-6542

Web contact: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck


US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-4451

Web contact: https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me


NYSEG

NYSEG President and CEO Mr. Carl Taylor

Email: Carl.Taylor@Avangrid.com

Use some of this info from NYSEG’s own environmental commitments (which can be found here) :

Environmental Stewardship

We conduct our business and facility operations in a manner that minimizes adverse environmental impacts on present and future generations. One of our goals is to reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere as a result of generating electricity. You can help us with this goal by participating in our New Wind Program.

Environmental Remediation Projects

Our core principles include a commitment to the well-being of our communities. Our involvement in environmental remediation initiatives are part of our continuing efforts to safeguard the environment and reduce our corporate carbon footprint, creating a sustainable community for everyone.

Environmental Policy

The following principles and actions provide a framework for our environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices:

  • Design an Environmental Management System that enables us to systematically plan, implement and continuously improve the processes and actions we take to meet our business and environmental goals

  • Comply with all applicable requirements of environmental laws, regulations, permit requirements and company policies applicable to our operations

  • Incorporate environmental impact considerations into decision-making processes concerning existing and future operations

  • Support the conservation of energy and natural resources through strategic planning, efficient operating practices, technology and consumer education

  • Minimize waste through recycling and other means, and properly manage any waste that is created

  • Support and implement actions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and counteract global climate change

  • Foster a culture where employees have the encouragement, training, knowledge and resources necessary to perform their job in a manner consistent with this policy

  • Participate in the development of standards and guidelines in support of environmental stewardship

  • Communicate and demonstrate our commitment to sound environmental policies and practices

  • Support others who share our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development

Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all our employees.