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New York Lawmakers Call For More Accountability For Utility Companies Following Isaias

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New York lawmakers grilled utility company regulators at a hearing Thursday over the inadequate emergency response to Tropical Storm Isaias.

Sag Harbor Assemblyman Fred Thiele said he is not confident the Public Service Commission has any teeth to hold PSEG Long Island accountable for failures to restore power and communications after the storm.

“PSEG Long Island is the most unregulated utility in the country," Thiele said. "And I think this is not a question of replacing CEOs or changing companies. We need to change the structure here.”

Public Service Commission Chairperson John Rhodes says their investigation of the utilities’ storm response is ongoing and could result in termination of PSEG’s contract.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.