PSEG Long Island
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.
Dozens of school districts have declared a snow day and plows are back out clearing highways as the latest winter storm smacks Long Island.
A Suffolk County Police spokeswoman said the gunshot was apparently fired sometime overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. The PSEG Long Island office was not staffed at the time and no injuries were reported.
An email arrives looking like a utility bill, with a link to view account information. Up to 66 PSE&G customers in New Jersey and 200 more on Long Island reported receiving one.
PSEG Long Island on Thursday warned customers of a scam involving fraudulent e-mails.
With temperatures plummeting to the single digits overnight Monday night into Tuesday, a significant fear has mounted that rain-soaked trees will end up covered in ice. And when winds kick up overnight, the ice-coated branches could bring down electric power lines.