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VIDEO: Local Leaders Hold Rally on Aqua Takeover

Legis. Dave Denenberg, others urge the Town of Hempstead to fund public water.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) held a informal press conference in front of Hempstead Town Hall regarding the town's possible takeover of private water company Aqua, who Denenberg accuses of charging far higher rates than public water utilities.

Aqua serves more than 152,000 residents in four counties in the state, including residents of Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford, East Massapequa, Levittown, Massapequa Park and parts of Glen Cove.

Lou September 21, 2011 at 04:03 PM
You know Chris, I respect most of your posts as well as I respect Dave Denenberg for his input. But if I remember, you voiced your opinion in the Seaford school situation without being part of that community but unlike that Denenberg is not only a politician in the area but he certainly is a resident and gets the same water bill that you and me get. So is he allowed to speak on this topic, I would think yes.
michael feeney September 21, 2011 at 04:33 PM
@ Chris Wendt - Aqua is ripping off the Public, when something stinks you just know it. Privatizing everything is not the solution. Public assests should be in public trust. The profit driven businesses run our assest into the ground and then walk away leaving the taxpayers the bill for reinvesting and rebuilding time and time again. The taxes Aqua pay are passed along to the consumers anyway, so we pay higher water rates and the taxes as well. I'll take Public Works over the Profiteers anyday.
Mike P September 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM
This is exactly the type of issue that politicians should be addressing. Even if Dave Denenberg cannot directly impact a TOH issue, I applaud him for bringing attention to this ridiculous situation. Denenberg is speaking out about a situation that he knows is wrong and is trying to help his constituents. I wish more politicians would get involved with these types of problems rather than bureaucratic nonsense . Why should we pay so much more for water than almost every other town in Nassau County, and not just a bit more but exponentially more.
Mike Giardina September 21, 2011 at 06:07 PM
We live on an Island....water shouldn't cost us more than folks upstate and in other parts of the country. Aqua and LIPA...please keep your hands out of our pockets and do the right thing by your customers....actually we're not even customers because we don't even have any other options but to use them...the system sucks.
Kevin September 21, 2011 at 06:41 PM
No one will have to make up the taxes for the Fire Districts if Aqua is taken over and the rates for Hydrant rental becomes more in line with what the other local water districts charge. To pay Aqua almost $500 per year per hydrant while the other water districts get less than $200 is a crime.

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