Metro Justice will hold town hall Wednesday to discuss public takeover of RG&E

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Metro Justice and two Monroe County legislators are continuing to advocate for a feasibility study on turning RG&E into a public utility.

The nonprofit Metro Justice will hold a town hall on Wednesday at Fairport High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Legislators Mercedes Vazquez Simmons and Albert Blankley will be there along with legislature candidate Lystra McCoy.

Metro Justice says that a public takeover of RG&E could help to address rising utility costs, billing errors, and customer service issues. The town hall comes after the state’s Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for RG&E and NYSEG, but only half of what utility companies originally requested.

In June, Rochester City Council committed up to $500,000 for Monroe County to conduct a study on the feasibility of a public takeover of RG&E. Metro Justice is urging the county legislature to provide up to $1 million toward that study, the last step before the study moves forward.

There would need to be a referendum for a public takeover of RG&E. At the town hall, customers can share their frustrations with RG&E and learn how they can push the county legislature to fund the study.

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