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Montesano Calls for Further Investigation to New York American Water

A Statement from Assemblyman Michael Montesano

 

“While the problems with New York American Water (NYAW) have been obvious for a while, the recent release of the Public Service Commission’s report on the company makes it evident there is more to the issue than just the outrageous rates. It has now been brought to light that NYAW has made incorrect and misleading filings to the Office of Real Property Tax Services. NYAW has also withheld information from the Public Service Commission during its rate proceedings and given deceptive statements during the hearings. This, on top of the sky-high rates which residents are forced to pay because there is no alternative water provider in many areas, is completely unacceptable. I am calling upon both the Nassau County District Attorney and New York’s Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation and convene a special grand jury to ensure this company, and the responsible employees, are held accountable for these actions as a whole. The termination of these few employees is not sufficient in relation to the gravity of the misconduct committed. It is time we take this beast head-on.”

 

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Marcellino Announces Legislation Addressing Water Bill Spikes

Senator Carl L. Marcellino announced that he has introduced a bill to address the dramatically high water bill spikes that have affected customers of New York American Water on Long Island.

 

In May 2017, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) granted New York American Water a rate increase for the next four consecutive years. These increases range from 1 percent to as high as 9.6 percent.

 

The combination of a draconian rate increase and the practice of passing the companies taxes on to the backs of their ratepayers has created a dramatic spike in water bills. Residents who live in private water utility serviced areas have no choice in their water provider. These customers deserve to receive the same benefit that customers of municipally owned water districts enjoy.

 

“People can’t pick and choose their water provider. Municipally owned water customers are not burdened by property taxes, the same should hold true for private water utility customers. By eliminating the property tax on private water utilities, customers’ bills will be reduced dramatically,” said Senator Carl L. Marcellino.

 

New York American Water is a private company that services 120,000 households and businesses in Nassau County. Unlike public water utilities in New York State, private water utilities pay property taxes and pass that expense to their customers in their water bills.

 

This legislation (S6949) will create parity between public water utilities and private water utilities by exempting real estate owned by private water-works corporations from taxation.

 

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Marcellino Introduces Legislation to Protect American Water Customers

Senator Carl L. Marcellino, announced recently that he has introduced two bills to address the dramatically high water bill spikes that have affected customers of New York American Water on Long Island.

 

“More than 100,000 Long Island customers have been shocked when they opened their water bills from American Water. Some residents have seen their rates more than double. The public outcry has been loud and justified. Yet, American Water is unwilling to take any steps to reduce this burden on their consumers,” said Senator Marcellino.

 

The first bill will allow a taxpayer serviced by a private water utility to take a credit against their state tax equal to the amount of such taxpayer’s annual water bill ascribable to property taxes paid by their private water utility. The second bill would require the state comptroller to conduct audits of private water utility companies prior to and after rate changes are approved by the public service commission.

 

In May 2017, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) granted New York American Water a rate increase for the next four consecutive years. These increases range from 1 percent to as high as 9.6 percent.

 

“The combination of a draconian rate increase and the practice of passing the companies taxes on to the backs of their ratepayers has created a dramatic financial burden in water bills. Add to that the lack of accountability by American water and you have a situation where people feel betrayed and helpless,” added Senator Marcellino.

 

New York American Water is a private company that services 120,000 households and businesses in Nassau County. Unlike public water utilities in New York State, American Water pays property taxes and passes that expense to their customers in their water bills.

 

“Residents have no choice in their water provider and deserve to receive the same benefits that customers of municipally owned water districts enjoy. These bills will provide some financial relief and insure that our State Comptroller audits these private water companies before and after a rate increase is approved,” concluded Senator Marcellino.

 

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