2010-02-12 / Top Stories

Ulrich Urges Residents To Stand Up Against ‘Water Torture’

Councilmember Erich Ulrich Councilmember Erich Ulrich Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich is calling on the residents of his district to speak out against the New York City Water Board’s proposal to increase water rates by 14 percent in 2010.

The 14-percent increase, if approved, would come on the heels of hikes of 11.5 percent, 14.5 percent and 12.9 percent in each of the three preceding years.

All told, Ulrich said, the water rate has more than doubled during the past 10 years.

A spokesperson for Ulrich said, “The problem is that the Water Board, that is made up of mayoral appointees, follows the mayor’s agenda and the legislation to give the Council partial say over Water Board appointees is currently stalled in Albany.”

“Tax payers are fed up as it is. The Water Board does not get it, or they just don’t care. The people of this district are facing school closures, toll hikes and the possible loss of student metro cards. Loading another financial burden on the backs of my constituents is unconscionable.

The Councilan urges local residents to join him in protesting these hikes at the next Water Board meeting, which will be held in Queens in the near future.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be holding community meetings in each of the five boroughs to discuss water rates, new services, and what the future holds for DEP’s customers.

In Queens the meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at the Majority Baptist Church located at 115-21 Farmers Boulevard, St. Albans, NY 11412. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm.

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