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Public Hearings on Connecticut Storm Mess

Public Invited to Sound Off on Utility



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    Governor Rell is trying to give power back to the people.

    Upset about losing power for days during the recent Nor'easter?

    Well you live in Connecticut, the governor is giving you a chance to sound off on the utility company.

    Gov. Jodi Rell announced four public hearings next month as part of the investigation she ordered into the tardy response of Connecticut Light & Power during the massive storm on March 13 and 14.

    "I want the concerns and experiences of ratepayers to be a major factor in this review as well," said Gov. Rell.

    Winds and heavy rains caused three deaths in Connecticut and left tens of thousands of homeowners there in the dark for days.

    Town officials complained that it took hours for CL&P to send crews or even have an employee return calls for help.  In Greenwich, live wires trapped a police officer in his patrol car for 10 hours, said the town's first selectman.

    The public hearings, all beginning at 6:30 p.m. are scheduled for: April 7 at the New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street. April 12, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue. April 14, Fairfield Town Hall, 725 Old Post Road and April 15 Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road.

    Mitch Gross, a spokesman from CL&P, said the utility will monitor the hearings and continues "to respond to questions from state regulators."

    Ratepayers who can't make the meetings can call the Department of Public Utility Control's hot line at 800 382-4586 or complete comment forms at