ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received tentative support from legislative leaders Monday for his plan to finally sideline the Long Island Power Authority, which has been criticized for high rates and questionable response in disasters — most infamously including Superstorm Sandy.
The Cuomo proposal would replace LIPA’s role in daily operations by Public Service Electric & Gas Co. of New Jersey. The proposal would freeze Long Islanders’ rates for three years.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) would only say Cuomo’s proposal was a “thoughtful plan” to “a complex challenge” and “certainly an important step in the right direction.”