Left out so far, Assembly GOP sets own hearing on LIPA

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Left out of meetings with the Cuomo administration, Long Islands Republican Assembly delegation has slated its own hearing on the possible privatization of the Long Island Power Authority.

The GOP hearing is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 15, at the Suffolk County Legislature auditorium in the William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge.

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has advocated privatizing LIPA, has dispatched top aides to meet with Assembly Democrats and LIs all-Republican Senate delegation sparking some grumbling among Assembly Republicans.

In an overwhelmingly Democratic Assembly, the Republicans have little influence. But they note that on Long Island, Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Assembly, 12-10.

According to a meeting invitation, the forum will provide opportunity to hear from experts about the need to bring about substantial reforms of the utility, including but not limited to contractual improvements, management audits and privatization.


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