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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Letters

Thank You Senator Metzger

Jan 20, 2020

To the editor:
State Senator Jen Metzger is working hard for Sullivan County; let me count the ways!
She urged the state Public Service Commission to reject NYSEG's (New York State Electric and Gas Corp) request to increase your electric bill by 23%. This would add $10.20 per month to your bill on average. NYSEG wants to do this to increase their profits by 9.5%! She also took the company to task for poor ‘preventive maintenance' which resulted in many power outages. She opposed the company's closure of its walk-in office in Liberty, saying it presents difficulties for the poor and elderly. There will be a public hearing on the proposed rate hike on March 2nd.
In Sullivan County some 2,789 residents don't have high-speed internet. Jen is aiming to fix that with Bill #S5696 which moves to construct broadband and fiber optics in rural areas. She affirms that “Our children's education and every kind of business depends upon (high-speed internet), whether it's a farm or a small bed and breakfast.”
Senator Metzger did an amazing service for the people in the Roscoe School District of Liberty. Due to a late tax filing they owed the state $1.4 million. Bill #S2611 removed the debt and was signed by the Senate, Assembly and the Governor. Breathe a sigh of relief and thank Senator Metzger!


Doris Chorny
Gardiner




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