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Senate slates LIPA hearing Wednesday

Amid the Cuomo administration’s push to privatize the Long Island Power Authority, Sen. Carl Marcellino has slated a hearing on the utility’s future.

Marcellino (R-Syosset), head of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, will convene the hearing Wednesday at the state Legislative Office Building. Among those scheduled to testify are Neal Lewis, a LIPA trustee, and David Daly, a vice president of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), the company that is set to take over operation of the Long Island power grid from National Grid.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in an appearance on Staten Island, reiterated that contrary to a 2010 report the state can privatize LIPA without hiking consumers’ electricity rates.

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