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Long Island Lawmakers Want Public Utility Option

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State lawmakers from across Long Island say they want a fully public power authority. That could happen if a regional utility contract is terminated over fallout from Tropical Storm Isaias last summer.

The 14 lawmakers wrote to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week. They said the public-private arrangement that Long Island Power Authority has relied on for decades doesn’t work anymore, and the public option will be cheaper and more reliable.

PSEG Long Island has said it wants to stay on as the region’s service provider and has been working to regain customers’ trust after half a million lost power during Isaias -- some for more than a week.

LIPA’s board members have been weighing the public option and others since last year. They could make a decision this month, after missing their deadline in March.