The Legislative Commission on the Future of LIPA will conduct a hearing for East End communities this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Southampton Town Hall.

The Commission, established in 2022 by the New York State Legislature, is charged with creating “an action plan for implementing a true public power model for residents of Long Island and the Rockaways.”

“The goal is to avoid the tens of millions of dollars in annual management fees paid to an outside utility; establish greater transparency and clearer lines of accountability for the safe, reliable, and affordable delivery of electricity to ratepayers; and give LIPA’s customers a greater say in how this essential service is provided,” according to the Commission.

An earlier round of public hearings was held last winter.

Register for the livestream at https://totalwebcasting.com/live/nylipa

People who wish to testify in person can register on-site the day of the hearing.

Written testimony can also be submitted at nylipa.gov/public-input. Contact the Commission at info@nylipa.gov if you need translation services.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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