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Anti-incinerator bill has yet to reach governor’s desk

State Sen. Pam Helming said she has been assured that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act.

He hasn’t yet, however.

The bill would prohibit a trash-burning incinerator from being built on land at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus.

“I recently met with the Governor’s Office regarding several issues and have been assured that my legislation will be signed into law,” Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, said in an email Thursday.

She co-sponsored the bill in the Senate.

“The legislation has passed both houses unanimously. However, it has not been delivered by the Assembly yet for the governor’s signature,” Helming added. “As with many other bills, it often takes several months from passage to the legislature to being signed into law. I am hopeful that this legislation will be signed into law this spring.”

The Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act was passed by the Assembly and Senate in March. Once it reaches the Governor’s desk, he has 10 days to sign it, veto it or let it die by inaction.

If Cuomo signs the bill, the attorney for Circular enerG said the company “will probably challenge it in court since it unconstitutionally singles out Circular’s project.”

“Alternatively, they may change their project to something allowed under the new law,” said attorney Alan Knauf of Rochester.

In a letter to Cuomo, Romulus Supervisor David Kaiser urged the governor to sign the bill.

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