Business as usual for New York State: Step one, appoint a commission, hold hearings, invite no one. Step two, cancel hearings due to inclement weather. Step three, push through legislation and agenda that only the ideologues find acceptable.
It’s hard to think of anything positive to say about the storm that blew through here on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. But it may just have been a blessing in disguise for Staten Islanders who want to sound off about Consolidated Edison’s performance after Hurricane Sandy.
The panel established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to review the storm-related performance of New York utilities, the Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response, announced as the nasty nor’easter approached on Wednesday that its public hearing at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center in Sea View had been canceled.
A lot of people on Staten Island found that curious since they hadn’t heard that any such hearing had been scheduled in the first place.
In fact, the Advance had to alert the commission that it had gotten no notification about the event and, therefore, the hearing had not been publicized here, although it was posted on the panel’s state website.
The commission said it sent an e-mail notification about the hearing to the Advance on Dec. 18. But after double-checking the e-mail inbox, we can say categorically that we never received it. Nor were elected officials given proper notice. ‘Appropriate for them to cancel a meeting that no one knew about and was not going to show up to,’ South Shore City Councilman Vincent Ignizio said. ‘We all have a lot to say about Con Ed, and want the opportunity to actually say it….’
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