State Senator Todd Kaminsky


Senator Todd Kaminsky sent a letter to the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) blasting National Grid’s proposed rate hike. The senator urged state officials to deny the gas company’s request to increase monthly fees for their Long Island customers, who already pay some of the highest utility bills in the nation.

“It is imperative for government to do all it can to make Long Island more affordable, and this proposed increase is in direct contradiction to that objective and may help drive our neighbors and their businesses from the region,” Senator Todd Kaminsky wrote in his letter. “This proposed rate hike will only increase the financial burden that local residents and business owners face. I urge the Public Service Commission to reject National Grid’s proposal to hike their utility rates.”

National Grid is proposing a 6% rate hike for Long Island customers, which would amount to an average increase of $7.14 per month. National Grid recently got a nearly 10 percent rate hike approved three years ago, dramatically outpacing the rate of inflation. Their utility rates are among the highest in the nation and this request for an increase comes at the same time that they have instituted a moratorium on any new service on Long Island.

COJO-SI Congratulates Judge Orlando Marrazzo, Jr.

On August 8, the Judicial Nominating Conventions, the body that selects New York State Supreme Court Justices of both the Staten Island Democratic Party and the Staten Island Republican Party both separately convened and nominated Acting Supreme Court Justice Orlando Marrazzo, Jr., for the office of New York State Supreme Court Justice.

Mendy Mirocznik, president of COJO-SI congratulates Judge Orlando Marrazzo, Jr., on being nominated to the Office of New York State Supreme Court Justice.

Judge Marrazzo, currently a New York City Civil Court Judge has been a member of the New York State Judiciary since January 1, 2010. Previously, Judge Marrazzo had been an attorney in private practice specializing in complex commercial litigation. In 2016, due to Judge Marrazzo’s legal acumen and expertise he was appointed as an Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice.

Mendy Mirocznik, president of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island, commented, “Judge Marrazzo has distinguished himself as a knowledgeable jurist with a passion to dispense justice and to give back to the community. Judge Marrazzo has enriched the Staten Island bench and his ascending as a New York State Supreme Court Justice will only further bring respect to the practice of law, the litigants who appear in front of him, and the law as a profession. We at COJO congratulate Judge Marrazzo, and wish the best in his new capacity as a New York Court Supreme Court Justice. We are confident that history will demonstrate the great contributions that Justice Marrazzo will bring to the people of Staten Island and to the practice of law.”


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