Opinion

Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino (R. -Massapequa), along with Assemblyman David G. McDonough and his Long Island Assembly Republican colleagues, hosted a public hearing on February 6 at the Village Hall in Lynbrook in response to the most recent rate hikes by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

"When public authorities raise rates, our constituents feel the effects. When we have passed along the public's concerns and complaints, occasionally we are told that when they held hearings there was very little public turnout in opposition. The purpose of this event was to make it very clear that residents and the business community cannot afford these increases and to give them the opportunities to say so," said Assemblyman Saladino.

LIPA hosted two hearings in mid-December over the Christmas holiday season to gain feedback on implementing a significant rate hike onto its customers. LIPA scheduled the hearings on the same day, with little information provided to draw the public to this event.

"During these difficult economic times, the budgets of residents and businesses are very tight. We know that increases in utilities are a large burden and will guarantee the inflation of goods and services and increase the cost of delivering government services. The more expensive it is for a school district to pay its electric bill, for instance, the more school taxes rise - we realize these issues are interconnected," said Assemblyman Saladino.


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