Monday, May 19, 2008

The Kinder, Gentler NYRI

The lovable scamps behind the NYRI powerline proposal are taking their commitment to helping people very, very seriously:

New York Regional Interconnect Inc. said Tuesday it will reserve at least 10 subcontracting construction-related contracts for qualified and affiliated members of the National Disabled Veterans Business Council when its power line is constructed.

The proposed 190-mile transmission line, which would stretch from the Utica area to Orange County, needs certification by the state Public Service Commission.

NYRI said its project would create 300 or more construction jobs during the three years of project construction and scores of permanent jobs when the power line goes into operation.

A commenter on the above story pretty much nails it:

What an incredibly cynical way to exploit disabled veterans. Shame on NYRI and shame on the veteran's organization. This is a new low ... even for NYRI.