Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) joined colleagues in the Assembly Minority Long Island delegation on Friday, February 6 for a public hearing regarding the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) recent rate increases, its operating procedures and the makeup of its board of trustees, among other topics.
LIPA’s rate-setting standards came into question following a rate hike of 3.2 percent for all consumers on December 11, 2008. This increase in the cost of energy for LIPA customers was preceded by only two public hearings, held less than a week before the rate adjustment. The Assembly minority delegation from Long Island held the February 6 hearing in order to partner with LIPA in the current legislative session to craft legislation which reforms debt service and the organizational composition, gives consideration to the current rate process, increases transparency and enhances public awareness.
Said Raia, “I was proud to join my Assembly colleagues at this important event. The people of Long Island deserve greater transparency from their public utilities during times of economic hardship. I intend to work with LIPA officials in order to keep energy costs down for the residents of the 9th District.”
Assemblyman Raia was joined by assemblymen Barra, Thiele, Boyle, McDonough, Saladino, Walker and McKevitt at the event. Representatives of civic and energy industry organizations also were in attendance.