WASHINGTON — A new public power utility may be created in New York for the first time in over 10 years if a measure introduced in the state Legislature is approved. It would serve the far upstate counties of St. Lawrence and Franklin, and kick off with an initial bond deal of around $90 million.

The proposed North Country Power Authority would be the first new public power utility in the state since the Long Island Power Authority was created in 1998. It would be the first new public power utility in the country since the Winter Park, Fla., created its own municipal electric utility in 2005.

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