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N.Y. Assembly Passes Nassau Water Authority Legislation Over Regulator Objections

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The New York State Assembly has passed legislation that would create a new water authority in Nassau County and curb a rate hike. However, state regulators have called the bill “unconstitutional."

The state Department of Public Service has been negotiating with the state Senate to pass a different bill.

They argued that the private water company that serves the county, New York American Water, had agreed to delay the approved rate hikes and related taxes. Senators included that proposal in the state budget, but it didn’t pass.

The Assembly bill would create a North and South Shore Water Authority and prohibit increasing rates over 2%.

The cap would be retroactive and prevent American Water from collecting money provided for under its deal with regulators.