State Department of Public Service hosting virtual Tropical Storm Isaias public forums

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The state Department of Public Service will be hosting a series of virtual public forums about Tropical Storm Isaias and resulting power outages.

Public comment is sought by DPS and the DPS Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection regarding storm preparation by, and response from, the state’s major electric utilities, including PSEG, Long Island, Central Hudson, Con Edison, and Orange and Rockland Utilities.

“As a result of the many challenges our residents faced this past summer, we understand how important it is for them to have their voices heard and concerns taken into account,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “We have continuously advocated on the behalf of our residents regarding PSEG-LI and their response to Isaias. In the wake of the storm, we submitted letters to New York State, LIPA, and the Public Service Commission, and we submitted comments to the Nassau County Legislature for their hearing on PSEG’s storm preparation response. We hope residents participate in this forum to further express any concerns or comments they may have.”

To ensure full public participation, DPS will hold the virtual public forums to solicit input and comments from the community concerning the utilities’ performance regarding the storm. The forums are open to members of the public who wish to participate and comment. The public forum for PSEG-LI Customers will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Information received at the public forums will be transcribed and will be included in the record considered by the NY Public Service Commission in this matter.

Information about the case can be found at www.dps.ny.gov. From the homepage, click on Search (located on the bottom of the website) and enter the associated case number: 20-E-0586 in the Search by Case Number field.

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