PSEG Long Island
A flood watch is in effect through late Tuesday night for New York City, parts of Long Island, Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Putnam counties as well as for parts of Connecticut, New Jersey.
Spokeswoman Elizabeth Flagler said the utility is raising its power supply charge 14 percent, which for the average customer means another $10.50 per month.
The snow, slick roads and spinouts of north suburban counties were not seen on Long Island, but drivers and residents there ran into their own problems with drenching rain and flooding.
Rain and blasting winds cut power to an estimated 13,000 customers on Long Island Wednesday evening.
Shoreham residents are fighting against plans to build 10-foot-high solar panels across 60 acres of open land.
Some Suffolk County businesses have reported receiving a call from someone who claims to work for the utility company and threatens to turn off electricity unless immediate payment is made.
The Kim family of Glen Head speaks for many on Long Island’s North Shore: “I think there are too many power poles.”
In the past eight months PSEG Long Island customers have seen increase after increase in their monthly bills because of power supply charges.
As part of the scam, someone claiming to work for the utility calls customers and threatens to turn off their electricity if they don’t use cash to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card to pay their bills.
The utility has made a number of upgrades to its system ahead of the hot and humid summer months.
More than a dozen 70-year-old trees were suddenly chopped down in one Long Island, and now residents, stuck with unslightly stumps, are demanding answers.
About 900 Port Washington residents have signed a petition demanding their removal. The petition claims the taller poles are dangerous and an eyesore.
PSEG Long Island is hoisting the 65- to 70-foot hurricane-resistant poles from East Hampton to Amagansett to bolster the power grid on Long Island.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plan Friday. He says it will “dramatically improve” the power grid on Long Island. It suffered widespread and sometimes weeks-long outages after the October 2012 storm.
The forecast is calling for freezing rain and sleet, which will add to the snow that’s already accumulated. That could bring down tree limbs or power lines.