Jen Metzger needs to work to earn Pramilla Malick’s voters and not assume they will automatically support her. Metzger touted that she was instrumental in getting a rate reduction for Central Hudson Customers. In fact, she was part of a large group of intervenors who supported a non-controversial reduction in fixed rates, which is only a portion of the overall rate.
The New York Safe Utility Meter Association (NYSUMA) and Stop Smart Meters Woodstock New York (SSMWNY) were instrumental in getting a meaningful $120 a year reduction for opt-out fees for CenHud customers from smart meters for those who don’t want a microwave radiation-emitting meter on the premises.
NYSUMA and SSMWNY filed for rehearing and reconsideration of a ruling which retires safe, analog meters. The Public Service Commission (PSC) has refused to properly rule on these petitions and those of us in Orange and Rockland (O&R) are stuck with this “precedent” until it can be overturned.
Metzger could meaningfully act by demanding the PSC issue a ruling so there is appealable paper so that her constituents will have the legal ability to fight that order that also violates the rights of people in O&R’s service territory. She could also intervene in the O&R rate hearing to demand an opt-out fee rescission.
Pramilla and Protect Orange County continue to do so, even though she is not currently a candidate for office. Metzger should offer this leadership, too.