The hardworking men and women of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1049 are proud to be the backbone of Long Island’s energy infrastructure. We help keep the lights on for our neighborhoods through our professional operation of the Long Island’s power plants, including Northport.
It is because of that perspective that we understand the need for a sustainable energy future for Long Island, which includes the Northport power plant. LIPA pays $84 million in property taxes a year on Northport, greater than any commercial property in the United States. This is an unfairly high burden, and it threatens the long-term viability of Northport as part of Long Island’s energy future.
That is why we believe a fair tax compromise would be a win-win for the community and ratepayers. Bringing taxes down on Northport to a fair, sustainable level would also keep the plant viable as a long-term power generator, which offers greater security to our members and the communities we serve.
We urge the Town of Huntington to accept a fair tax settlement, similar to the one struck in Port Jefferson, to protect the community from the probability of a disastrous court outcome.
Editor’s note: The writer is business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1049.