Friday, February 12, 2010

Yonkers Councilwoman McDow wants Public Service Commission to rein in Con Ed

From the Politics on the Hudson LOHUD blog - FEBRUARY 12:

Yonkers Councilwoman Patricia McDow, D-1st District, wants the Yonkers City Council to adopt a resolution asking the Public Service Commission to put greater restrictions on Con Edison when it comes to tree cutting, street digging and repaving. Here is her statement released yesterday.

Major projects such as Consolidated Edison’s M-29 power line, causing serious traffic issues; road disruption and recent numerous tree cuttings, prompted Yonkers Majority Leader Patricia D. McDow (D), Council Member for the First District to introduce legislation requesting that the Public Service Commission (PSC) review their relevant rules and regulations and consider amending them to be more objective towards the opinions of the community. The purpose of this legislation is to lessen the burden on local residents directly affected by actions taken by regulated public utility companies before important projects are initiated. In addition, the councilwoman is also respectfully requesting that the New York State Legislature and Governor pass legislation mandating the PSC to allow for better community input.

Following the most recent Real Estate Committee Meeting, the committee members had agreed that a council support resolution should be introduced to address the needs of the community. The Yonkers City Council Members have requested that the Yonkers City Clerks Office send a copy of this certified resolution to the municipalities throughout New York State that may also share the same concerns.

Majority Leader McDow states, “I believe that community and local concerns are not adequately being addressed through the current rules and regulations of the commission as it stands.”

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