Mendelson said he no longer uses his cottage as an office and has shut down his private practice. He now works upstate three days a week, employed as a psychiatrist by the state. He calls going to work "a relief" and said that he does not feel any of the muscle spasms or other symptoms when he is away from the house.
Soon, the couple will be moving to a new home in South Salem. Mendelson said that the top criteria for choosing the new house was that it was nowhere near a power plant.
Mendelson said that he is using all of his life savings to buy the new house and wants NYSEG to reimburse him for the cost of the house.
The Mendelsons said they filed a verified complaint and summons against NYSEG a few days ago. The company has 20 days to respond. The Mendelsons said they want to sue for personal injury, property damage and loss of value of the property.
"They've never admitted they have stray voltage on our property," he said. Though he feels some anger towards the power company, he said his main emotion is sadness.
"I'm more sad," he said. "I could almost cry. It was my baby, this house. I loved it. I still do."