John M. Kennedy Calls on LIPA to Work on a Fair Deal with the Town of Huntington

Press Conference
Press Conference
John M. Kennedy (behind podium), Candidate, Suffolk County Executive, speaks at a press conference at the Northport soccer fields calling for LIPA to meet with town officials and work toward a fair and reasonable settlement. Also pictured (left to right): Robert Banzer, Superintendent of Schools, Northport-East Northport Union Free School District; Chad Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town of Huntington; and Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington.

Standing in front of the smokestacks of the Northport power plant and braving the driving wind and rain, John M. Kennedy, Candidate, Suffolk County Executive, joined elected and school officials and local residents at a press conference at the Northport soccer fields on June 10 calling on the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to work with the Town of Huntington on a deal that would be fair and reasonable.

“A report by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office in September said Suffolk was under the most severe ‘fiscal stress’ of any county in the state, in terms of fund balances, cash on hand, short-term borrowing and other issues,” he said.

“The reason I bring this up is because the numbers we are talking about today are astronomical and based on our current fiscal situation, I’m not even sure we would have the ability to go into the market to raise the funds necessary to cover this potential burden,” Mr. Kennedy continued. “So, I’m here today to call on LIPA to come to the table… work with our local elected officials to come to a reasonable agreement that will be fair and equitable to all… we simply can’t afford anything less.”

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