Astoria lawmaker urges Hochul to review National Grid’s downstate rate hikes


Declaring that utility ratepayers shouldn’t be investing in harming their own communities, state Senator Michael Gianaris is calling on Governor Kathy Hochul to look into a recent decision by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to allow National Grid to raise rates in their downstate region to “build on their fossil fuel infrastructure.”

In his letter to the governor, Gianaris argues hiking rates to build this infrastructure run afoul of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), the nation-leading climate law passed in 2019.