The Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response announced today the list of expert witnesses for its December 11 Long Island regional public hearing, which was announced last week.
The experts testifying include:
• Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano
• Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone
• New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Gil Quiniones
• AT&T New York President Marissa Shorenstein
• Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams
These hearing will focus on 1. The emergency preparedness and response of utilities to recent storms and 2. Recommendations for restructuring the oversight of energy utilities in New York, including LIPA, to improve the reliable and affordable transmission of power.
Members of the public wishing to testify at the hearing are asked to address these two issues.
Members of the public will be able to register to speak at each event and are asked to keep their oral comments to no more than two minutes to allow as many people as possible to share their views. The public may also submit written comments before or after the hearings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Long Island Moreland Commission Public Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11th, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: SUNY College of Old Westbury, Student Union Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 223 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568
The Commission is also planning a hearing on Long Island on December 20th to investigate LIPA and National Grid’s response to Storms Sandy and Irene. The location for this hearing will be announced in the near future.
On November 13, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established a commission under the Moreland Act (Section 6 of the New York State Executive Law) (“Moreland Commission”) to, among other things, investigate the response, preparation, and management of New York’s power utility companies with respect to several major storms impacting the State, including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee (“Recent Storms”). Executive Orders 73 and 76 which created the Commission can be found at http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/11132012Section6