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May 14, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 14, 2014

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May 14, 1964 

New York State Electric and Gas Corporation was ordered Wednesday night to expedite all pipeline work on West Street and keep out of the way of the contractor, Adam Gallucci, Inc., “even if it means working overtime.”

Public Service Board Chairman Melville Norris issued the demand after reading a letter from Angelo Gallucci of how the utility company has been hindering progress on the reconstruction of West Street.

Mr. Gallucci charged that he and Sterling Brisbane of Stearns and Wheler, consulting engineers, have asked NYSE&G to “speed things up but their cooperation has been poor.”

He also suggested that the utility company pay the penalty if the contract is not completed on time.

Chester Budney, an E&G engineer, said that construction of the main line has been completed and “there are only a couple of tie-ins to be completed.” He said work would probably be finished Friday.

Mr. Budney denied that his crews are hindering work on the street but Mr. Brisbane said, “Progress has been slower than we had hoped. We’re somewhat skeptical whether they can finish on time.”

Mr. Norris then told Mr. Budney to “proceed with the utmost haste and keep out of Gallucci’s way — even if it means working overtime.”

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