Cornell Urges Public Comment on Suez Water Hike

Suez Water New York proposed a rate hike of approximately 17 percent over the next three years. The New York state Public Service Commission, which oversees utilities in the state, is seeking public comments on the hike. An Administrative Law Judge will oversee the hearing. Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell is urging residents and business owners to attend and to make comments. The proposal would increase water bills by nearly 6 percent in just the first year, but as Chairperson of the Rockland County Task Force on Water, Cornell believes the Joint Proposal fails to go deep enough when it comes to reducing the amount of water lost to leaks or to implementing conservation measures. Also, built into the request hike is the recovery of about $54 million spent by the company as it pursued a failed desalination and treatment plant in Haverstraw. The public hearing for comments is 6 p.m. Thursday, September 29 in the Chambers of the Rockland County Legislature, 11 New Hempstead Road, New City.   Even if you cannot attend there are numerous ways to submit your testimony at:

All comments should reference Case 16-W-0130-SuezWaterNY-Water Rates.

By web: Go to the website (www.dps.ny.gov), click on “Search,” enter the
case number (16-W-0130), then click “Post Comments” at the top of the
page.

By mail: Email comments to the Secretary to the Commission at
secretary@dps.ny.gov or mail to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary,
Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
12223-1350.

All written comments will become part of the record and will be reported
to the Public Service Commission for its consideration. All written
comments may be accessed on the PSC’s website. Many libraries offer free
internet access.

Toll-free Opinion Line: Call the Commission’s Opinion Line at
1-800-335-2120. This number is set up to take comments about pending cases
from in-state callers, 24-hours-a-day. The comments are not transcribed
verbatim, but a summary is provided to the Commission.

All Comments submitted via these alternate means are requested by Dec. 9.

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