Denning ZBA denies Judd Hirsch's turbine application
By Joe Moskowitz
Veteran actor Judd Hirsch battled New York City traffic in the TV series “Taxi” and aliens bent on killing earthlings in “Independence Day,” but he proved to be no match for the independent minds of the Ulster County Town of Denning’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).
Last Tuesday the ZBA ruled that since the town codes do not specifically allow the construction of wind turbines, Hirsch cannot build a 177-feet-tall wind tower and generator on 91 acres he owns near Claryville, the only community in the Town of Denning.
Opponents of the project complained to the ZBA, saying it would be unsightly and noisy.
Hirsch insisted that no one would see it or hear it.
Hirsch, who in addition to his acting skills, holds a degree in physics from City College of New York, planned to use electricity generated by the turbine to provide power for a geothermal heating system on his property.
So far there has been no word on whether Hirsch plans to appeal the decision.