Refund for LIPA

SOME NEW RULES THAT WILL ALLOW THE Long Island Power Authority to recoup debt refinancing costs tied to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s LIPA reform act while funding new system improvements.
PSEG Long Island, which operates the system under contract to LIPA, said the changes won’t materially affect the amount customers pay for electricity but will help fund needed upgrades.
One of the new rules would allow PSEG Long Island to continue to collect $26 million a year from customers for a state revenue tax, even though the 2013 LIPA reform act exempted the utility from paying it.
LIPA trustees will vote today on a series of changes to the rate-making rules, called the LIPA tariff. In addition to the revenue tax, they also will vote to allow PSEG to continue collecting $6.9 million annually for a charge that allowed LIPA to delay paying the state assessment in 2009, even though the charge has been paid off. 

NICE buses could see cuts

Nassau’s bus system is facing a $3.3 million budget deficit that, without increased funding from the county or state, NICE will seek to fill through service cuts ACCORDING TO officials .
Nassau Inter-County Express chief executive Michael Setzer will present details of the system’s 2014 operating budget at a Garden City meeting TODAY. The budget projects expenses of about $122 million — $3.3 million more than the agency expects to receive from state and county aid and farebox revenue.
Setzer said  that the increase is due to the rising cost of natural gas, which NICE uses both to heat facilities and fuel buses, increasing employee health care benefit costs, and a contractual 3 percent raise for workers that will cost the agency $1.4 million.

MS-13 member hits FBI “Ten Most Wanted” list


A Long Island gang member accused of executing his girlfriend and her two-year-old son in 2010 is now on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” List.

The FBI says MS-13 member Juan Elias Garcia thought his 17-year-old girlfriend went to a rival gang after the couple fought.  Garcia and other gang members are accused of luring Vanessa Aguenta and two-year-old, Diego Torres, to a wooded area in Central Islip where they were executed.  Garcia was last seen in Ecuador in 2011.

This is believed to be the first time an MS-13 member has been put on the “Ten Most Wanted” list.

Rally for immigrants

Long Island immigration advocates say tuition aid should be given to students who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were minors.

Supporters rallied in Hicksville yesterday, calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to revisit a failed plan that would grant aid to those young immigrants by funding it through next year’s budget, “Newsday” reports. The demonstrators, who were stationed outside of the New York State Department of Labor, are seeking 25-million dollars in tuition assistance for next year. They say about two percent of next year’s budget would be well spent on investing in the talents and abilities of “Dreamer” students.