2011-11-18 / Top Stories

Assemblyman Goldfeder Urges Natural Gas For Broad Channel Homes

Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder recently sent a letter to the Public Service Commission opposing the Petition for Relief filed by National Grid. In the letter, Goldfeder urged the Public Service Commission to compel National Grid to provide natural gas service to the Broad Channel neighborhood.

“Broad Channel is the only neighborhood in New York City that does not have access to natural gas,” Goldfeder said in the letter. “And that’s simply because National Grid has deemed it unprofitable for their bottom line to provide this essential service to the Broad Channel community. That is unacceptable and I think it’s time we put the people of Broad Channel before profits.”

The Broad Channelresidents and business owners have been fighting for natural gas service for years. In his letter, Goldfeder outlined the safety and economic reasons behind the push to bring natural gas.

“It’s no secret that the price of heating oil is on the rise,” Goldfeder said. “Without a natural gas alternative, many Broad Channel residents, especially seniors on fixed incomes, could end up in a situation where they’re forced to choose between buying prescription drugs and heating their homes this winter.”

Goldfeder said that Broad Channel residents are forced to rely on dangerous 100-pound cylinders of propane to cook in their homes and expensive, dirty heating fuel.

“As an island neighborhood, Broad Channel is subject to strong winds and heavy flooding, especially during a hurricane or tropical storm,” Goldfeder said. “And because Board Channel doesn’t have access to natural gas. Bringing natural gas to Broad Channel would provide not only a more affordable heating fuel, but a safer one as well.”

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