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More pushback on PSEG bid for rate hike

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said Brookhaven Town will

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said Brookhaven Town will seek permission from the state Public Service Commission to intervene as an official party opposing PSEG's proposed $440 million rate hike. Above, Romaine at Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville on Monday, March 9, 2015. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Brookhaven officials on Thursday said they plan to join efforts opposing PSEG Long Island's proposed $440 million rate hike.

Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said Brookhaven would be the first Long Island town to seek permission from the state Public Service Commission to intervene as an official party opposing the hike. Romaine said the town paid PSEG $6.4 million for electricity last year.

PSEG officials have proposed raising rates by 4 percent annually over the next three years and have said the proposed rate hike was "modest" and would allow the utility to continue to improve services.

"I know as a town government, I'm held under 2 percent as a cap," Romaine said, referring to the state tax cap, which restricts tax increases by municipalities and taxing districts. "They [PSEG Long Island] should live within a cap."

Town officials have hired a Garden City law firm to file the request with the PSC, Romaine said.

Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. last week also asked for permission to intervene. His request is pending.

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