There was a lot of outrage directed toward the DEP and the Water Board at the recent City Council hearing over numerous issues that we have discussed at length on this blog. Among the more prominent issues were the lease agreement, a lack of accountability and the new “Denial of Access” and “Theft of Services” charges.
One member who I would like to single out (in a good way) for his comments is Council Member James Vacca from the Bronx. His questions were tough, direct and well-researched. He called out Acting DEP Commissioner Lawitts regarding his claim that the DEP has been supporting the efforts of conservation for years. The essence of his question boiled down to the fact that the DEP blames much of the need for such a high rate increase on the fact that revenue has gone down 6% because of conservation. How can you claim support for conservation when your answer to those that conserve is to go ahead and charge them more for it?
Councilman Vacca put it more succinctly: A New Yorker could be saving water to the point where they’re dying of dehydration and their water bill would still go up.
Well said, Councilman. Well said.
May 2, 2009 at 2:30 am
did you see ny1 news there?
February 19, 2013 at 3:50 am
it would set the city back $789 million a year, thguoh supporters argue much less.”How much less? $500 million? $400? $300? Even if it is less than half of what the study says, can we really afford to lose any more money in the city/state? These taxes are grinding small businesses into the ground. Soon enough, we’ll all have to stand on the food stamp line. But I guess that is the point, isn’t it?
February 20, 2013 at 7:22 am