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Proposal to study RG&E takeover advances in Monroe County

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Another step forward in the process for Monroe County to decide if it will dish out $1,000,000 to study the feasibility of replacing RG&E with a public utility.

In a four-three vote during Monday’s environment and public works committee, legislators approved a referral that would allow the full legislature to take up the measure.

RG&E has received pushback from many in the community who say the energy company has flawed billing practices and poor customer service. Monday, some legislators took issue with using $1,000,000 just for the study alone.

“This is $1,000,000, and that seems like a great deal of money to be spending on a study that we really — it would seem that the county does not have the funding to buy RG&E,” said Monroe County Legislator Virginia Mcintyre, “and would our taxpayers even want us to buy RG&E?”

“Doing a study is actually doing due diligence before making a larger, more expensive decision, so that the community and this honorable body are able to make a fully informed decision about whether or not it makes sense to move forward,” said Monroe County Legislator Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman, “and $1,000,000, like the chair said, it could come back to be a different price, but it’s not unprecedented for us to spend that type of money on a study.”

Tuesday night, the ways and means committee will similarly vote to push the measure through to the full legislature. If the measure has enough support, the full legislature will take up the vote.

The City of Rochester has already committed $500,000 to funding the study, as long as the county agrees to pay the $1,000,000 and have full control of what the study looks like.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Another step forward in the process for Monroe County to decide if it will dish out $1,000,000 to study the feasibility of replacing RG&E with a public utility.

In a four-three vote during Monday’s environment and public works committee, legislators approved a referral that would allow the full legislature to take up the measure.

RG&E has received pushback from many in the community who say the energy company has flawed billing practices and poor customer service. Monday, some legislators took issue with using $1,000,000 just for the study alone.

“This is $1,000,000, and that seems like a great deal of money to be spending on a study that we really — it would seem that the county does not have the funding to buy RG&E,” said Monroe County Legislator Virginia Mcintyre, “and would our taxpayers even want us to buy RG&E?”

“Doing a study is actually doing due diligence before making a larger, more expensive decision, so that the community and this honorable body are able to make a fully informed decision about whether or not it makes sense to move forward,” said Monroe County Legislator Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman, “and $1,000,000, like the chair said, it could come back to be a different price, but it’s not unprecedented for us to spend that type of money on a study.”

Tuesday night, the ways and means committee will similarly vote to push the measure through to the full legislature. If the measure has enough support, the full legislature will take up the vote.

The City of Rochester has already committed $500,000 to funding the study, as long as the county agrees to pay the $1,000,000 and have full control of what the study looks like. Read More Monroe CountyRochesterFirst  

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