Virtual Public Hearing on New York American Water Public Takeover Feasibility

NYAW Public Hearing

On Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM New York State will host a virtual public forum to discuss the feasibility of a public takeover of New York American Water, including in the Sea Cliff/Glen Head community.

This forum will be administered by the Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection at the New York State Department of Public Service. Comments will be part of the official record and may be utilized by the Special Counsel as part of the Department's feasibility study regarding a potential municipalization of the Long Island water company. 

I encourage impacted residents to share their feedback and experience with New York American Water.
"For too long, New York American Water has preyed on the customers of Nassau County, gouging them for the most basic service -- water." Senator Gaugrhan said. "I welcome the State hearings and look forward to continuing our rigorous efforts to establish public water in the Sea Cliff and Glen Head communities."

How to Register:

If you would like to register online: If you would like to register to speak at the Public Forum, please follow this link, click register, and fill in your information.

If you would like to register by phone:  Any participant who is not able to log in to a forum electronically may participate by phone. Call-in participants wishing to provide a statement must register to do so in advance by calling 1-800-342-3330, where they should follow prompts to the appropriate forum and provide the following information: first and last name, address, and phone number. On Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM, all call-in users should dial 518-549-0500 and enter the relevant access code (179 075 0213)   

To watch the hearing: You can watch the hearing by following this link, on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM. 
You can also access the live stream by visiting, and using the Event Number & Password (listed below).

Event number: 179 075 0213
Event password: Feb23-6pm

Other Ways to Comment

For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at a public forum, there are several other ways to provide your comments.

Submit Online:  You can submit your comments online by visiting this link.
Mail: Comments may be mailed to the
Hon. Michelle L. Phillips, Secretary,
New York State Department of Public Service,
Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350

By Phone (Leaving a Message) - Toll-free Opinion Line: Comments may be submitted by calling the Department of Public Service’s Opinion Line at 1- 800-335-2120. This number is designed to take comments about pending matters from in-state callers, 24 hours a day. Callers should press “2” to leave comments, mentioning New York American Water Feasibility Study. These comments are not transcribed verbatim, but a summary is provided to the Commission.