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May 16, 2014

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Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto will be holding a forum with a representative from PSEG Long Island so residents may ask questions or voice their concerns regarding the utility company. It will take place on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at the Bar Harbour location of the Massapequa Public Library at 7 p.m.

"It's been four months since PSEG Long Island took over the operations on Long Island and in speaking with residents, I've found that many still have questions, specifically about rates and storm preparedness," Venditto said, "This forum will give residents the opportunity to hear directly from a PSEG Long Island official and then ask questions."

Venditto said that many of the residents he has spoken with are concerned that their utility bills have increased since the takeover. He said this forum will inform PSEG Long Island customers about why rates have increased, whether rates are projected to increase or decrease and what customers can do to help lower their utility expenses.

"As homeowners, my wife and I know the impact the high utility rates can have on families trying to meet a budget," Venditto said. "This forum will provide insights that homeowners can use to help achieve savings in the present and also plan for what utility rates are forecast to be in the future."

Venditto also said that residents are concerned about the utility's ability to restore service in the event of a devastating storm.

"Many homes, including my own, did not have power for days and weeks following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy," Venditto said. "With the beginning of hurricane season fast approaching, our residents have expressed concern that the situation will be repeated if another major storm strikes our area. At this forum, residents will learn of the measures that have been taken to prepare for another major storm."

The forum is open to all PSEG Long Island customers and will conclude at 8:30 p.m.