Community members speak at town hall to discuss public takeover of RG&E

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Metro Justice hosted a town hall on Monday night to discuss turning RG&E into a public utility company.

Advocates held a town hall at the Rochester Public Library on South Avenue. Organizers say the goal of the town hall was to encourage more city leaders to support a public takeover of RG&E.

It comes as RG&E proposes a nearly 20% rate increase and amid continued billing issues that News10NBC has reported on for months. Last night, community members had a chance to share their frustrations.

“In June, they called me and said they need a meter reading. They hadn’t done a meter read in a while,” said one community member. “So I gave them a meter reading. In July, they sent me a bill for $2,700. They just lie to you. The last girl that I talked to, she said, ‘you know everyone is complaining, if I were you I’d just call a lawyer’.”

City Councilmembers Miguel Melendez and Stanley Martin were at that meeting.

The first town hall to discuss a public takeover, led by City Council vice president Mary Lupien and Metro Justice, was on October 27. Speakers discussed how making RG&E public could improve its affordability, accountability, and carbon emissions. The public would need to vote before RG&E could become public.

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