CBS 2 has gotten action following a report on no-show fines levied against Long Island homeowners by National Grid.
Frank Nicholas, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree burglary, police said.
Some suburban homeowners are furious after being shocked with a surprising fine. The charge is being tacked onto their bills because they’re not home when a worker shows up to read the meter.
Authorities said scam artists in Herricks, Syosset and Westbury posing as National Grid workers conned elderly residents.
The senator is calling for the improved notification system following three recent burglaries in which suspects posed as National Grid utility workers to gain access to customers’ homes.
A Long Island woman’s battle with her power company has been heating up, as her bills have gone from $150 to over $3,000 a month.
Residents in the Midwood section of Brooklyn are dealing with piles of gravel, uneven sidewalks, and holes in the ground thanks to a National Grid service repair.
National grid said is believes a construction crew did something to the gas line on Friday, but that it’s impossible to know for sure because the bulldozer is on top of it.
The land is privately owned by National Grid, which plans to sell the property. The land is zoned for industrial use. Many residents are OK with that because they say without tax revenue from industry, they’ll be hit with huge school tax hikes.
A spokesperson for National Grid said crews have begun spraying water during the demolition to prevent dust. The spokesperson added the dust is not toxic.
There is no word on if the employee will be disciplined.
According to the suit filed by 120 homeowners, the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid failed to de-energize the power grid ahead of superstorm Sandy.
Town officials were on hand to accept $1.3 million in grant money from the National Grid, which will be used to help 45 businesses still struggling to open in time for summer.
Long Island is under a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Thursday.
The heaviest snowfall is expected Friday night and into Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning, which remains in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday.