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Richmondville saves by owning utility

Richmondville Power and Light Superintendent Jeff Van Deusen expounds on the efficiency of the village's $1 million transformer station Tuesday.
Richmondville Power and Light Superintendent Jeff Van Deusen expounds on the efficiency of the village's $1 million transformer station Tuesday.
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Kyle Butler strapped himself into the bucket of a cherry picker Tuesday morning and revved up his pole-mounted chain saw. “Some days we’re linemen,” he said. “Some days we’re loggers. It depends.” He floated 30 feet up under hydraulic power and laid the saw against the limb of a chunky old willow threatening a section of power line along Route 7 in the village of Richmondville. A spray of sawdust flew though the frigid air ...


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