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Audio from Albany: Phil Wilcox of upstate power plant union

As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.

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This week we talk energy policy –- specifically, energy transmission –- with Phil Wilcox, the Western division business representative for Local 97 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a union that represents power plant workers from Buffalo to Albany.

Wilcox presents IBEW’s case against a plan by a Canadian and American consortium to construct a single transmission line, most of it underwater beneath Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, bringing power to New York City. The union, along with a number of New York-based power producers, wants the state, instead, to upgrade existing transmission lines to bring power to the city from western, central and northern New York.

The debate comes as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing an "energy highway" for New York to improve the aging power transmission system -– a plan he has not yet fully flushed out but which will have important consequences for energy rates and job creation across the state.

--Tom Precious


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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

rmccarthy@buffnews.com


Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

tprecious@buffnews.com


Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

@jillterreri | jterreri@buffnews.com


Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

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