The Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response will hold a hearing to solicit comments from the public of the Southern Tier region on April 24 at Binghamton University – The State University of New York.
The public hearing will focus on two issues:
· The emergency preparedness and response of utilities to recent storms;
· Recommendations for restructuring the oversight of energy utilities in New York to improve the reliable and affordable transmission of power.
The Commission is specifically seeking comments from individuals who can provide guidance and insight into overlapping services provided by the Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority that impact residents and businesses.
Members of the public, as well as public officials and representatives of emergency responder and/or emergency management agencies wishing to testify at the hearing are asked to address these issues.
Members of the public and others wishing to testify will be able to register to speak at each event and are asked to keep their oral comments to no more than three minutes to allow as many people as possible to share their views.
Individuals unable to present testimony in person may also submit testimony before or after the hearings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Binghamton Moreland Commission Public Hearing
WHEN: 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
WHERE: Binghamton University – The State University of New York
Room 2008, Biotechnology Building,
Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Rd. Vestal, NY
To date, the Moreland Commission has held public hearings in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Queens, Staten Island, New Paltz, Albany and Lake Placid.
On November 13, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the 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 .
The Commission issued an interim report on January 7. That report can be found at http://moreland.ny.gov/sites/default/files/MAC-Interim-Report1-7-2013.pdf. A Powerpoint presentation summarizing the findings is available at http://moreland.ny.gov/sites/default/files/MorelandPresentation.pdf.