Written by Michael Scro Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
Village of East Williston Trustee Christopher Siciliano recently met with representatives from the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), a New Jersey-based electric and gas company that will be taking over the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) effective January 1, 2014. They discussed what the village can expect following the transition.
Delivering a brief report at a village board meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, Siciliano said the meeting was productive and that he learned the village will have a liaison from PSEG to communicate with directly—at no cost to the village.
“It’ll be much better than having to communicate through a phone bank,” Siciliano said.
PSEG is scheduled to meet with the village board at the end of December or beginning of January for a further discussion. Siciliano said he strongly conveyed in the meeting that East Williston's main concern going forward is lack of communication.
“The mayor [David Tanner] went down to the substation, and the rest of us were here, going back and forth—it was a little chaotic,” Siciliano said, recalling the response to Hurricane Sandy last year.
Another concern raised by Siciliano was maintenance, such as trees around wires and replacing telephone poles.
“PSEG says they’ll be putting more money into maintenance—we’ll see,” Siciliano said. “At the very least, it was a positive meeting.”