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Mar 25, 2014 1:43 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Save East Hampton Gears Up For Pole Rally

Mar 25, 2014 2:24 PM

Save East Hampton, the citizen activist group pushing PSEG Long Island to bury a high-voltage transmission line throughout the town and village, will host an "informational festival" and fundraiser on Sunday, March 30 at 1 p.m. at the Hook Mill in East Hampton Village.

The group formed after PSEG Long Island began overhead construction on more than 260 65-foot-tall utility poles and a 23/33kV transmission line in mid January, claiming the poles and the higher-voltage line are a threat to public health and safety.

"All the proceeds from Sunday's event go to raising money to bury the line," said Rebecca Singer, the spokesperson for Save East Hampton, since the utility company—which received the proper permitting from the town and village to start the overhead project—said it will not foot the estimated $30 million bill to put the line underground. Local and state municipalities, as well as Save East Hampton, have repeatedly demanded PSEG absorb at least half of the cost to bury the line, but the utility company said it will not take on that burden at the expense of ratepayers outside of East Hampton.

The event, which includes music, a raffle, petition signing, and food, is not a protest against PSEG, but rather a chance for the organization to share their concerns with the public, stressed Ms. Singer.

"We really want people to understand our cause," she said in a phone interview on Monday. "We want people to get what the issues are," which is something, according to Ms. Singer, that hasn't been happening.

The general attitude among other residents, she said, is "'I don't care about the poles,'" but Save East Hampton's platform extends way beyond this project, said Ms. Singer.

"With all that goes on in corporations and big companies, why should we just blindly trust a company that's telling us 'yeah, yeah, this won't have any affect on your health'?" she said.

There is no entry fee to the event, and no members of PSEG were invited as of press time.

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Why don't you come to the rally. You might learn something. It is a lot easier to complain and always take the negative side than try to make something better for everyone. You may not care about your health or safety, but many people do. They want to know their options. Are you one of the Southampton people who were assessed an average extra $30 per year for their lines to be buried? People spend that going to the movies in one night, or on a dinner. That was for the year. Why don't we wait until ...more
By RebeccaSinger (2), New York, New York on Mar 25, 14 9:24 PM
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... are they going to have pole dancers at the pole festival?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Mar 26, 14 11:50 AM