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Aug
27
2020

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has expressed “serious issues” about LIPA’s ability to provide oversight of PSEG Long Island in the wake of the utility’s disastrous response to Tropical Storm Isaias.

In a letter sent to LIPA chief executive Tom Falcone Tuesday and obtained by Newsday, DiNapoli cited ratepayers' unsuccessful attempts to call in outages to PSEG, including emergencies with downed power lines, and said LIPA customers “...read more ››

Aug
27
2020

PSEG Long Island, already under fire for its widely criticized response to Tropical Storm Isaias, on Thursday said it was "making preparations" for weekend storms, but officials voiced skepticism about those efforts.

PSEG on Thursday afternoon said it had called in hundreds of outside line workers to help with any restoration should remnants of Tropical Storm Laura impact the Long Island region overnight Sunday.

Notably, PSEG...read more ››

Aug
27
2020

Members of the State Senate joined the Public Service Commission, Long Island Power Authority and PSEG Long Island officials in a 13-hour virtual hearing on Aug. 20 to discuss what many said was the failed response to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4.

State Sen. Jim Gaughran, a Democrat from Northport who represents Sea Cliff, Glen Head, Glen Cove and Oyster Bay, among other communities, said the PSC has oversight...read more ››

Aug
23
2020

Ann Darcy went to her Huntington Station church to get what was advertised as a free COVID-19 test. But she recently received a whopping $760 bill.

“I didn’t know what this was for,” she said. “I thought it was a mistake.”

Darcy said that, after she argued with representatives of the nonprofit that performed the test, Hudson River Healthcare, the bill was voided. But, she said, “What about all the people who don’t know this is...read more ››

Aug
20
2020

As the cleanup continues more than two weeks after Tropical Storm Isaias caused widespread power outages on Long Island, lawmakers are touting an array of legislative proposals aimed at ensuring utility companies handle the next weather-related crisis more smoothly.

PSEG Long Island’s response to the Aug. 4. storm, which left more than 420,000 homes and businesses on the island without power — some for more than a week — was widely...read more ››

Aug
20
2020

New York lawmakers grilled power company representatives and regulators at a hearing on Thursday. They criticized PSEG Long Island over extended outages and communication breakdowns following Tropical Storm Isaias.

Sag Harbor Assemblyman Fred Thiele said he is not confident the Public Service Commission has any teeth to hold PSEG Long Island accountable for failures to restore power and communications after the storm.

“PSEG Long...read more ››

Aug
20
2020

NEW YORK - When Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory lost it’s connection to the Long Island electric grid, research couldn’t be done.

“All of the COVID research was halted, cancer research was halted, neuroscience research was halted,” said Stephen Monez, VP/Chief Facilities Officer. “There’s an enormous amount of research that goes on in that facility that was halted for seven days.”

Lab officials say it shouldn’t have been seven...read more ››

Aug
19
2020

Update: When is free not free? When a medical organization sends a surprise bill weeks after a Covid-19 test that was promoted as free.

State Sen. Jim Gaughran won concessions from the Hudson River Healthcare organization after he received numerous complaints* that the company had been billing people who were unexpectedly charged weeks after they received Covid-19 tests in Huntington Station that were promoted as free.

The...read more ››

Aug
19
2020

New York American Water customers on Long Island are facing a looming rate hike, though some local politicians are looking to stall the price jump.

The Merrick-based utility company announced earlier this year that as of Tuesday, Sept. 1, its 120,000 customers will see an increase in their water bills.

The original rate hike was scheduled to take effect in April, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

American...read more ››

Aug
18
2020

Michael Serao of Hewlett Harbor said his August water bill of $1,377.90 from New York American Water is the biggest he’s ever received, and if the company has its way, that bill could jump to more than $2,000 next month.

Serao is about to join more than 120,000 customers of the Merrick-based water company who are facing a rate hike of up to $10 a month as of Sept. 1 after the company received permission to forestall an increase that...read more ››

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