Have you had enough of RG&E profitting off of failure for decades? Join Metro Justice in calling for a tried and true solution: a public utility! At last month's public comment session for the Monroe County Legislature, we packed the room! We need the County Legislature to approve funding for an implementation study by early spring, so it's important that we keep the pressure on in March.
Public utilities across the nation are proven to be more affordable, reliable, renewable, and economically beneficial to their local communities than private utilities. Rochester area residents have a chance for a real solution - NY state law states that with an implementation study and a positive referendum, RG&E would be forced to sell to the public.
It's time to call on the County Legistlature to take the RG&E crisis seriously and take the first step towards a solution: allocating up to $1 million for an implementation study on taking over RG&E in the Rochester/Monroe County area and turning it into a public utility. This money would go towards a joint fund with the City of Rochester, so that the City and County are partnering to commission the study. This study would give us a comprehensive road map for establishing a public utility that is affordable, responsive to your needs, local, renewable, and invested in our local workforce and economy.
The County Legislature has the power to stop $108 million a year from bleeding out of our community to line RG&E's shareholders' pockets despite gross mismanagement. They owe it to residents to act on the RG&E crisis, and they need to hear from you to do so!
The next County Legislature meeting is Tuesday, March 14th at the Monroe County Legislature Majority Office (39 W Main Street, Rochester, NY, 14614). The Public Comment period begins at 6 PM, so please plan to arrive by 5:40 PM if possible so that you have time to park, go through security, and find the Chambers.
To join us:
- The first step is to RSVP below to let us know you're coming! Whether you're speaking or coming to show to your support in the audience, we want to know that you'll be joining us!
- We highly encourage you to sign up to speak: hearing constituents share their RG&E stories and directly call on them to fund a study for a public utility is most effective in moving County Legislators take action. To sign up to speak, you must call David Grant, Clerk of the County Legislature, at 585 753-1950 to register to sign up to speak as soon as possible. If you sign up to speak, please email Mohini Sharma (mohini@metrojustice) and Michelle Wenderlich ([email protected]) to let us know!
You will have a strict 2 minutes to speak, and people will speak in the order in which they signed up. Please plan to end your remarks with a call to the County to allocate up to $1 million for an implementation study for a public takeover of RG&E in Monroe County, and to work with Metro Justice and the City of Rochester to commission the study. To prepare your remarks, please consult this updated guideline with new key talking points and the call to action.
Let's make sure our County Legislatures takes responsiblity and sides with us, the ratepayers, instead of protecting RG&E!
39 W Main St
Room 406 - 4th floor
Rochester, NY 14614
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