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Lynbrook Village to Fight Water Rate Increase

Several villages looking to fight proposed increase from Long Island American Water.

The Villages of Lynbrook, Valley Stream and Cedarhurst are exploring the feasibility of opposing the Long Island American Water (LIAW) , presently pending before the New York Public Service Commission.

The villages have authorized upstate PSC utility expert Daniel P. Duthie, Esq. to intervene on their behalf and formed the “Municipal Consortium in Support of Reasonable Water Rates” to obtain information and facts regarding the rate increase and the recently announced acquisition of Aqua New York by LIAW parent American Water Works Company.

“LIAW does not intend to reduce its 20 percent rate increase request, nor share any of the savings to our residents from the merger”  Lynbrook Mayor Bill Hendrick said. “Their proposal only benefits their shareholders."

Back in June, William Varley, president of LIAW, said that he is completely cognizant of the costs involved in the increase.

"No one likes a rate increase, but it's not sustainable [without one]," he said. "... I've got to continue to invest in infrastructure to meet water quality requirements, and in the most efficient and effective manner."

The Village Boards of East Rockaway, Malverne, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Island Park, Lawrence, Atlantic Beach and Woodsburgh have said that they are presently considering to join the consortium to "protect" their residents against the proposed rate increase.

“Requesting a rate increase while simultaneously ignoring the synergy savings associated with the merger is unconscionable, particularly during the current economic climate”, Duthie said. “The New York Public Service Commission requires benefits to ratepayers as a condition of merger approval. LIAW has ignored this legal precedent.”

The consortium anticipates the other villages to participate to avoid  losing potential benefits associated with the intervention. 

Len Llewellyn September 14, 2011 at 10:34 AM
The solution is easy . In Lynbrook Tax Long Island American Water the amout of the increase cost to residents as a "Special Use Tax " Their building on Sunrise Highway is an eye sore any way !
Brian Rosen DDS September 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Why is water in parts of west Hempstead more then 40% less?
ML September 14, 2011 at 09:08 PM
When LIAW went from billing every three months to every month, I noticed that my monthly bill was much more than one third of the three-month bill. When they started monthly billing three years ago, they made quite a bit on their customers! In the last three years, my monthly bill has progressively gone up, without more water usage. If this increase goes through, I will be paying more in one month than I did three years ago for three months!
Jason September 14, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Who are the 8 or so in favor?? Probably employees of the water co.? The quality of water sucks,it is so loaded with chlorine it's undrinkable, incidentally, has anyone smelt rotten eggs while showering or otherwise?

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