Proposals To Conserve Oil
Notice of Proposal to Issue Order Restricting
Certain Uses of Electric Energy
(New York State Public Service Commission
CASE 26532) .
NOTICE is hereby given that the Public Service
Commission of the State of New York intends,
absent good cause otherwise shown, to direct
the electric corporations serving retail cus-tomers
in the State to take the following meas-ures
in order to conserve oil used to produce
electricity. Comments must be received in writ-ing
not later than December M, 1973 at the Com-mission's
office at W Holland Avenue, Albany,
New York 12208.
1. The Commission will direct the electric cor-porations
to file tariff leaves with the follow-ing
a. prohibiting the use of electricity in out-door
decorative fountains and in all outdoor
display, decorative and advertising lighting
at any time, and in any commercial sign what-ever
after the close of business of a customer.
This provision does not prohibit highway,
street, roadway, walk or parking lot lighting,
safety lighting or the illumination of signs
needed to identify a place of business, pro-vided
that no more than one sign, showing the
name of the establishment and type of business
only, visible from each building side which con-tains
an entrance for use by the patrons of the
establishment shall be permitted, and further
provided that where light from other' sources is
insufficient to permit the reading of marquees
of any place of entertainment, owners of such
establishments may apply to the Commission for
waiver of this restriction;
b. prohibiting the use of electricity for win-dow
display lighting after 9:30 p.m. or after
the close of business of the customer, which-ever
c. requiring that commercial office building
customers turn off all parking lot lights and
all interior lights not required for overtime
work, safety or security within three hours af-ter
the close of business and until business
hours-commence the-following-business-day; In
cases where business hours vary among offices
in a building, this requirement shall apply
separately to each office if separately wired;
d. requiring that thermostats in all commer-cial
buildings be set at no'more than 55" F,
and air conditioners turned off, during non-business
hours except in areas having essential,
special requirements or special processes that
are in operation. In areas occupied bv watch-man,
or where after hours cleaning is being
done, the maximum setting shall be 68°F. The
thermostat may also be set at 68° in time to
achieve that temperature at the opening of the
next business day;
e. prohibiting use of electricity in all elec-tric
ground level snow melting equipment; and
f. providing for discontinuance of service,
after five days' notice, to any customer viola-ting
any of the above restrictions, provided
that where customers other than the customer in
violation will be affected because they receive
service through the same meter, the utility must
first notify the Commission.
2. The Commission will order a statewide five
percent voltage reduction between the hours of
two and eight o'clock p.m. except in the follow-ing
a. where reducing voltage on specific circuit
would result in an unusable voltage. In such
cases, the utility concerned will be required
to file a program for upgrading the circuit.
b. in areas where voltage reduction would not
facilitate oil conservation because of the na-ture
of local electric generation and limita-tions
on transmission line capacity.
The Commission is considering, as an alternative
for areas with supervisory controls of voltage
levels, ordering voltage reductions in three
four-hour periods, such as 8 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m.
to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.
3. The Commission will prohibit electric cor-porations
from promoting the use of electricity
through advertising, subsidy payments not al-ready
committed, or employee incentives.
(Signed) Samuel R. Madison, Secretary
Village News JANUARY 1974
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 NORTH OCEAN AVENUE TELEPHONE FReeport 8-4000 WILLIAM H. WHITE, MAYOR
Public Meetings On The 1st and 3rd Mondays Of The Month, At 9:00 P.M.
Special Patrol To Nab Litter
Pitching in for a cleaner Freeport business area
are Jonathan Wright of the Village's Mobile Lit-ter
Patrol and Butch Khanamirian, a Chamber of
Commerce Director. The Public Works Department
has arranged to have the Litter Patrol scooter
work on Saturday and Sunday in the central bus-
iness district, in a special program in cooper-ation
with the Chamber of Commerce.
Books To Keep Warm With
January is winter warm-up time at Freeport Me-morial
Warm up with make-them-yourself sweaters, mittens,
quilts or other ideas from the collection of
knitting, crocheting and needlework books.
Stay warm outdoors skating, skiing or snowmobil-ing
with instructions by experts from our sports
Heatproof your home by installing or repairing
storm windows, planning and building a fireplace,
weather stripping windows and doors and insula-ting
walls, roofs and floors - all explained in
detail in the house-maintenance book department.
Bring a little sunshine indoors by planting a
garden in a glass container - bottle terrarium,
fish bowl or cider jug. Try growing spring flow-ers
or herbs in a window box.
Remember the Snow Emergency Signal on the fire
horns — *t blasts, pause — 2 blasts. Your car
must be off the street during the snow emergency,
or it is subject to being towed away at the own-er's
expense. Keep streets clear for snow plows,
fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.
Please remember that in any week that contains
a holiday there is no Wednesday trash pick-up.
The curbside trash pick-up is eliminated be-cause,
due to the holiday, Wednesday is util-ized
for garbage collections.
Therefore, there will be no trash pick-up dur-
No Trash On Holiday Weeks
ing the weeks beginning February 11 (Lincoln's
Birthday Week), and February 18th (Washington's
Residents are asked to cooperate so that the
Village will be kept clean and free of trash
during these holiday weeks.
Trustees: George H. Fairberg, Ralph P. Franco, Thomas J. Lovelidge, Dorothy Storm
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo-Treasurer: Leonard D.B. Smith-Counsel: Oakley Gentry Jr.
Since September 1973, a group of 18 Freeport
High School students, 17 seniors and one junior,
have been studying Freeport's Government —
past, present, and possible future.
What they have learned will eventually be pre-sented
to the Village Board of Trustees and
the Board of Education - the course's two
sponsoring bodies - and to the people of Free-port.
Their findings and advice, however, would not
be complete if the people of Freeport were not
consulted. Accordingly, beginning February 1,
the students will begin a random telephone
opinion survey. The questions to be asked are
presented below so that if you are called, you
will know what to expect.
Needless to say, your cooperation will be great-ly
appreciated by the students who are involved
in a project which the Mayor has noted "could
have a significant effect on the future of Free-port."
Because some of the questions concern involved
political terms, the students have prepared a
summary paper to clarify the issues at hand:
Freeport Past and Present
When Freeport wa$ incorporated as a Village in
1892, its government consisted of a "president,"
four part-time trustees, a clerk, and a trea-surer.
Today, the "president" has been replaced
by a mayor, there are still four part-time
trustees, a village clerk, and a treasurer.
However, reflecting the growth of the Village
to '•0,000 inhabitants, there are also now ten
departments employing over 300 people.
Freeport is just one of 22 incorporated vil-lages
in the Town of Hempstead. Of these, 21
have part-time mayors. The exception is the
Village of Hempstead which is served by a full-time
Mayors and Trustees
The sections of the New York State Constitution
concerning village government make no distinc-tion
between full-time and part-time mayors.
The basic difference is one of salary, with the
former being paid more than the latter.
All village mayors serve as the presiding of-ficer
of their respective Board of Trustees.
Students Analyze Village Government
In addition, the mayor acts as the official
spokesman and representative of his village.
His other duties include appointing all de-partment
heads, enforcing all laws, ordinances,
rules, and regulations, and executing contracts
in the name of his village.
The trustees are responsible for all village
finances, the budget, tax rates, and bond is-sues.
They also adopt local laws after pub-lic
hearings, and plan public improvement
projects. Furthermore, they serve as commis-sioners
of the important agencies which super*:-:
vise insurance, power, buildings, waterways,
police, and fire protection.
All mayors, part-time and full-time, must ful-fill
the same oversight functions. The major
difference between the two is that, as in the
case of the Honorable Dalton Miller of Hemp-stead,
a full-time mayor is able to give more
personal attention to the citizens of his com-munity
by being available more hours of the
day and not having another "job" to worry
Such an individual can oversee village depart-ments
with much greater depth during a working
day, and can deal immediately and on the spot
with any pressing problems which arise.
Freeport A City?
Because of its size, Freeport could choose to
become a city. Should such a change occur, it
would be among the twenty most populous cities
in New York State.
This shift would change our relationship with
the County, in that Freeport would have to es-tablish
almost complete local governance over
municipal services, even more so than now ex-ists.
If such an occurrence should arise, Freeporters
would then have the choice of a mayor or a man-ager.
A city mayor has virtually the same func-tions
as a village mayor: (l) assuring the en-forcement
of laws and ordinances; (2) appoint-ing
and supervising department heads; (3) mak-ing
recommendations to the city council; 00
advising the council on the financial state of
the city; (5) preparing the annual budget; (6)
responding to citizen problems.
City or Village Manager
A city or village manager is a full-time muni-cipal
administrator. Not politically oriented,
he is a trained professional, expert in running
a municipality, who is appointed by the council
or board. He forwards his recommendations and
proposals to that body for its action. If there
is a mayor, he becomes primarily a ceremonial
spokesman, although this varies from one munic-ipality
to another. The government of Long
Beach reflects a council-manager plan.
Council or Board
Whether the executive is part-time or full-time,
mayor or manager, a constant ingredient is the
council or board of trustees - the legislative
and policy-making body of the municipality.
Telephone Public Opinion Questionnaire
How familiar are you, through the Village
News or other sources, with the work of the
Freeport High School Independent Study
Course in Village Government which is study-ing
and evaluating past, present, and alter-native
forms of Freeport's government?
(1) exceptionally (2) very (3) moderately
(4) fairly (5) poorly
According to one city's charter, it has the
power "to enact, amend or repeal ordinances not
inconsistent with the laws of the state for the
preservation of good order, peace and health,
for the safety and welfare of its inhabitants
and the protection and security of their prop-erty."
Such functions are similar for Free-port's
present Board of Trustees and would be
in the future despite any changes in title or
type of executive position.
This information represents the way Freeport is
today and the way it could be if the people of
this Village desire changes in their government.
The telephone public opinion questionnaire, a
sample of which is reprinted below, will help
to determine the wishes of Freeport's citizens.
How much of a difference do you think a full-time
chief executive would mean for Freeport?
2. How responsive do you feel the village gov-ernment
is to public needs?
(1) exceptionally (2) very (3) moderately
(4) fairly (5) poorly
3. How available have village officials, police,
firemen, etc., been when you needed them?
(l) exceptionally (2) very (3) moderately
00 fairly (5) poorly
4. How many public Village Board meetings have
you attended while living in Freeport?
5. How well do you feel Freeport is serv.ed by an
administration headed by a part-time mayor?
(l) exceptionally (2) very (3) moderately
Ot) fairly (5) poorly
6. How essential do you think it is for Freeport
to be served by a full-time mayor or manager?
(l) exception (2) very (3) moderately
Ot) fairly (5) minimally
Of the two forms of full-time chief executive,
which do you prefer for Freeport?
(1) Mayor (2) Manager (3) don't know
9. How willing would you be to vote in favor of
giving Freeport a full-time chief executive?
(l) exeptionally (2) very (3) moderately
(4) fairly (5) unwilling
10. How willing would you be to offer a full-time
chief executive a salary of $25,000-
830,000 a year if this meant an annual
tax rate increase of 2 cents per hundred
dollars assessed valuation?
11. How many years have you lived in Freeport?
12. In what area of Freeport do you live?
(1) Northwest (2) Northeast (3) Southwest
13. How old are you?
14. What is your sex?
15. In what type of residence do you live?
(1) Private single-family (2) Private multi-ple-
family (3) Apartment
16. Did you vote in the March 1973 mayoral
PLEASE COOPERATE WITH THE STUDENTS' TELEPHONE SURVEY
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