Monthly Archives: July 2009

Tiffany Mews Tenants Ask PSC to Halt Submetering with No Proper Order and No Filed Tariff or Contracts Approved by the PSC

Tiffany Mews is a 70-unit converted factory building rented to low-income rent stabilized tenants in 1995, after a lengthy effort to convert it into condominiums failed. See Unexpected Arrivals Settle a Casualty Condominium, New York Times, Jan. 8, 1995. The owner of Tiffany Mews, Related Tiffany, for many years has resold electricity to tenants. The Read more…

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FCC’S Inspector General Withdraws Finding That All Low Income USF Payments Were Erroneous

The Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”) collects Universal Service Fund (USF) revenues from surcharges on customers’ phone bills. It then redistributes that money to local phone companies based on their claims for reimbursement of expenses for USF functions, such as high cost rural areas, low income assistance, schools and libraries, and rural health care telecommunications. Read more…

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After Submeterer Can’t Evict for Unpaid Electric Bills, Bay City Metering Asks PSC to Revise Order to Allow Service Termination

An interesting petition was recently filed with the PSC by a submetering company, Bay City Metering, apparently as an agent of a landlord, 430 Realty Company LLC, seeking to modify a 2007 PSC Order allowing submetering of electricity at 430 East 86th Street in Manhattan, a 131 unit apartment building. Bay City Metering asks the Read more…

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PSC Secretary Finds No Evidence of Delay in Handling Hazel Towers Tenant Complaints Regarding Submetering

We have previously chronicled the unresolved tenant complaints to the PSC Office of Consumer Services (OCS) regarding submetering of electricity at Hazel Towers in PSC Case Nos. 09-00841 and 00-E-1269. After a year had passed without resolution of their members’ complaints, the Hazel Towers Tenant Association (HTTA) filed a Petition May 6, 2009 with the Read more…

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U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chair Says FCC has been “Beholden” to the Telecom Industry it is Charged to Regulate

The normalcy of the Senate confirmation process was jolted recently when the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, Jay Rockefeller made some bold statements to open his Committee’s hearing on two FCC Commissioner designees, Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker. Senator Rockefeller said: “Because we entrust our FCC Commissioners with such great power, we expect Read more…

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Bronx Riverview Tenants Ask PSC to Halt Submetering

Tenants at 1600 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, known as Riverview, a 25-story building containing 383 apartment owned by Starrett Corporation, have asked the PSC to halt submetering. According to the New York Times, Claiming that electricity use is being measured incorrectly and that tenants are being evicted for not paying utility bills, residents of Read more…

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Town House West Tenants Ask PSC to Halt Submetering

Tenants at Town House West, a former Mitchell-Lama project in Manhattan, petitioned the New York Public Service Commission on July 15, 2009 to vacate or modify its prior order allowing the landlord, Stellar Management, to resell electricity to the tenants. The petition alleges Tenants were not properly or timely informed of the submetering plan and Read more…

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