St. James ready for LIPA changes, but uncertain of impact

State legislators today agreed to a deal for PSEG to take over practically all aspects of LIPA. News 12 Long Island spoke to home and

Homeowners in St. James say Sandy was the straw that broke the camel's back for LIPA.

Homeowners in St. James say Sandy was the straw that broke the camel's back for LIPA. (6/21/13)

ST. JAMES - State legislators today agreed to a deal for PSEG to take over practically all aspects of LIPA. News 12 Long Island spoke to home and business owners who say a change is needed but still question what impact the changes will have.

Many in St. James went two weeks without power after Sandy and frustration is still fresh there.

“I’m hoping it will be a little better,” says Patricia McConville. “But I don't think it's going to help the rates go down.”

Although the deal calls for a rate freeze until 2016, the portion of bills affected by fuel prices could still increase. Sal Signorelli told News 12 that any increase would hurt his auto repair shop.

“It's a small business, you're trying to make a living and we do what we have to do here,” he said. “Any kind of increase will hurt any of us."
 

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