Debates over the Long Island Power Authority continue after Governor Cuomo's bold suggestion to freeze LIPA rates for three years.
Mike Groll / AP
Gov. Andrew Cuomo received tentative support from legislative leaders Monday for his plan to finally sideline the Long Island Power Authority, which has been criticized for high rates and questionable response in disasters for years.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would only say Cuomo's proposal was a "thoughtful plan" to "a complex challenge" and "certainly an important step in the right direction."
Assembly Republican leader Dean Skelos of Long Island was just as noncommittal of the proposal, although the Cuomo administration worked with key legislators on its provisions for weeks. Skelos called it "still a work in progress."