Peter Maniscalco, Manorville
Editor’s note: The writer is a Long Island energy activist.
August 7, 2015 3:56 PM
I believe that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s so-called Long Island Power Authority Reform Act violates the New York State Constitution [“LIPA law under fire,” News, July 24]. Additionally, Cuomo rammed this law through Albany.
It was only a matter of time before a responsible public official, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, told the truth about the scam perpetrated by Cuomo on Long Island ratepayers. In his report “A Public Authority in Transition,” DiNapoli exposes the nightmare Cuomo created for Long Island ratepayers.
This tragedy might have been avoided if Cuomo had submitted the legislation to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for review to determine if the law violated the state constitution. Cuomo apparently never asked Schneiderman to render his legal opinion.
In September 2013, I wrote to Schneiderman stating that my attorney, Irving Like, found Cuomo’s LIPA Reform Act to be in violation of the constitution and listed the specific articles and sections violated. I pleaded for Schneiderman’s intervention.
Instead of intervening, Schneiderman’s Public Integrity Bureau responded that my complaint didn’t warrant action by his office at the time. Now would be an excellent time for Schneiderman’s office to act.