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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Albany County Legislature Sends PSC a message! FIGHT THE POWER!

October 15, 2010

Honorable Jaclyn A. Brilling, Secretary
State of New York, Public Service Commission
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 3
Albany, New York 12223-1350
Case No. 10-E-0050
Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a
National Grid- Electric Rates

Dear Secretary Brilling:
The undersigned Albany County Legislators request that this letter be
included in the record of the hearing to be conducted on October 27, 2010 at Colonie
Town Hall before Judge William Bouteiller concerning the electric rate increases
proposed by Niagara Mohawk.
On behalf of the residents of Albany County that we represent we strongly
oppose the almost $400M electric rate hike that is proposed by Niagara Mohawk.
An increase in utility costs will be devastating to many families in Albany
County who are barely making ends meet in these difficult fiscal times and forcing
them to pay more for electricity will more than likely create an insurmountable
The proposed rate increase will also have a significant negative impact on the
upstate economy served by Niagara Mohawk as it will have a chilling effect on the
ability to start up or continue the small businesses that are essential to the
recovery of our upstate economy.
We would also note in connection with the proposed rate increase that recent
public disclosures have documented that $4M of the costs which Niagara Mohawk
has submitted to support the rate increase have been incurred for inappropriate
expenses and we would request that the Public Service Commission look very
closely at all of the expenses which purport to justify the rate increase.

(518) 447-7168 - FAX (518) 447-5695
As elected officials, we can understand the fiscal constraints National Grid must be under, however, placing an additional fiscal burden on the citizens and small businesses in Albany County can not be justified at this time. Therefore, we respectfully request that you deny the rate increase currently requested by Niagara Mohawk. Thank you for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
Brian Scavo
Daniel P. McCoy
George L. Infante
Robert J. Beston
Charles E. Houghtaling, Jr.
Frank J. Commisso
Norma Chapman
Douglas A. Bullock
Ryan V. Horstmyer
Gary W. Domalewicz
Gilbert F. Ethier
Sean E. Ward

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