Embattled New York Power Authority to hold meeting on Irene response

The New York Power Authority, which owns and operates the dam at the Blenheim-GIlboa Hydroelectric Power Station just downstream from New York City's Gilboa Dam, will hold a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the power authority's actions during the massive Irene floods.

The meeting will be held at the Schoharie Hotel and Suites (formerly the Holiday Inn), 160 Holiday Way, Schoharie at 5pm, Thursday, January 19.

Local officials have accused the NYPA of releasing a massive surge of water during the August 28 floods, and thereby exacerbating the flooding downstream. The power authority may soon be the target of a lawsuit brought by Schoharie County for its actions during the flood.

The Times-Journal reports that some Schoharie County municipalities, as well as the Middleburgh and Schoharie school districts, may join in the lawsuit if it is filed.