Bronx residents a no show for meeting on proposed Con Ed rate hike

An administrative judge, a court reporter, a Con Ed attorney, a Rockland County assemblyman and more than 100 empty seats were the only attendees a meeting Tuesday on Con Ed's proposed rate hike.

Assemblyman Ryan Karben (D-Rockland) is a member of the Assembly's Energy Committee. He feels the rate hike is a double whammy for low-income residents.

Bronx residents still have a chance to weigh in on the matter by sending comments in writing. After that, the Public Service Commission will decide sometime in April on whether to accept, modify or reject Con Ed's plan.

The proposal would hike electric delivery rates by more than $300 million over the next two years. Con Ed estimates the average customer would pay an extra $1.10 per month and another $1.92 in 2007.

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