Opinion

Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF - Hicksville) announced a public hearing on the Long Island Power Authority's unanimous decision to implement a 3.2 percent rate hike. Hosted by the assemblyman and his Long Island Republican colleagues, the hearing will be held Friday, Feb. 6 at Lynbrook Village Hall, 1 Columbus Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to the public and Assemblyman Walker is urging his constituents to attend.

"The manner in which these rate hikes were pushed through by the LIPA was not in the public's interest," said Assemblyman Walker. "From their initial announcement before Thanksgiving, to the public hearings, to unanimous approval on December 11, this process played out far too quickly for adequate review."

"When the rate hikes were first proposed, they weighed in at a hefty 4.8 percent increase. After public outcry, LIPA was able to find enough savings to reduce that increase by 1.6 percent. I can only imagine how much more money the ratepayers could save if a thorough review of the budget was conducted," Walker concluded.

The Assembly Republican conference's Long Island members are hosting this hearing to cover a number of topics including: LIPA's budgetary processes as they affect contracts and rate increases; increasing public awareness and transparency of LIPA actions; and partnering with LIPA on legislation focused on debt reform and its taxable status.

If you would like to attend or have any questions, contact Josh Nagy in the Assembly Republican Office of Public Affairs in Albany at (518) 455-5073.


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