Newsletters: Help Prevent Fortis Acquisition of Central Hudson

The proposed Central Hudson/Fortis merger has been delayed. Ultimately it will make a few high level executives and shareholders at Central Hudson very rich.  The people of the community feel the service will be abraded, while CH ratepayers bear the cost of the sale. Fortis is a multinational corporation based in Canada with an unsavory reputation.   Many believe this merger will reduce the quality of service we have appreciated by outsourcing work.  Within the local community, 320 union members from IBEW will lose jobs.
COMMENTS ARE DUE BY MAY 1, in addition to holding two additional public comment sessions on April 17 in Poughkeepsie and  April 18 in Kingston.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
Common Council Chambers
Municipal Building, 3rd Floor
62 Civic Center Plaza
(Free parking available in Parking Garage)
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
7:00 p.m.
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013
Council Chambers
Kingston City Hall
420 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
Below are 4 easy steps to take effective action:
1) SIGN AN ONLINE PETITION OPPOSING THE PROPOSED CENTRAL HUDSON MERGER by clicking here: http://signon.org/sign/stop-the-canadian-takeover?source=c.em.mt&r_by=7103923
This petition to Jeffrey C. Cohen, Acting Secretary, Public Service Commission states that: “The New York State Public Service Commission should reject the takeover of CH Energy Group by Canadian holding company Fortis, Inc. (Case 12-M-0192). This proposed takeover will jeopardize 375,000 customers’ well-being, endanger local jobs, and prevent improvements to the power grid needed to protect New Yorkers from the effects of severe storms and fight climate change.”
2) POST OR EMAIL YOUR OWN COMMENTS TO THE PSC SECRETARY at secretary@dps.ny.gov and requesting that they post your comments under public comment for Case No. 12-M-0192; Joint Petition of Fortis Inc. et al. and CH Energy Group, Inc. et al. for Approval of the Acquisition of CH Energy Group, Inc. by Fortis Inc. and Related Transactions. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE KEY POINTS TO SELECT FROM.
If you wish to try electronic posting please go to:  http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=12-M-0192&submit=Search+by+Case+Number. Scroll down to post comments.  (To post electronic comments directly to the PSC site be sure to access the site through Internet Explorer — other browsers don’t seem to work and you will lose your work).  The site has a lot of information to educate yourself by reading public comments and filings.  Some of  most important comments to read are those from the Public Utility Law Project of NY (PULP), who explain decoupling and NAFTA very clearly, and those from IBEW Local 320. See:http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={41251F72-5B5E-4B0F-8B9E-FEFAE3E6CF71}
3) Call your TOWN OR CITY COUNCIL or VILLAGE BOARD and COUNTY LEGISLATOR in support of the resolution opposing this ‘merger’; a version of which was adopted by he Ulster County Legislature on March 19 and a similar versions have been passed by Rosendale, New Paltz, Woodstock, with others on the way.  Ask your own town to do the same. If you live outside of the CH service area and want to help, please call your State Legislator and Congressional Representatives.
4) Write a LETTER TO THE EDITOR and send it in soon (often a 250 or 400 word limit so please check).
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