BRINDISI BULLETIN: investigating the Spectrum outages and working for NY-22
February 21, 2020
In The News
News from Representative Brindisi
Hi everyone – were you affected by the recent Spectrum outages that hit families and businesses across Upstate New York? The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is working to get to the bottom of this, and I’m thankful they responded to my call for an investigation. Spectrum needs to be held accountable and make sure this type of prolonged outage doesn’t happen again.
I asked the New York State PSC to investigate: 1. What caused the outage? 2. Did Spectrum violate its service agreement with New York State? 3. What will Spectrum do to ensure this does not happen again? 4. Are customers owed money due to the disruption in service?
We will be sure to share the results of their investigation as soon as it’s complete. In the meantime, if you were affected by the outage, you may be eligible for a credit on your bill. Click HERE to learn more.
HOLDLING SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS ACCOUNTABLE: Last summer, seventeen-year-old Utica resident Bianca Devins was tragically murdered and graphic images of her body were posted on social media. These images were shared thousands of times on various social media platforms and were used to harass members of Bianca’s family. No family should ever have to go through the trauma of having their grief exploited, mocked, and shared on social media. We held a roundtable discussion with members of Congress and some of the largest social media companies including Facebook and Instagram to push them to find ways to better address violent content. In response to the Devins family’s tragedy, Instagram announced a policy change to increase users’ privacy and help protect them from online harassment. We will keep working together to ensure no other family endures this pain again.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY: On Valentine's Day, we dropped off our Valentines for Veterans at the CNY Veteran’s Outreach Center. It was an honor to meet with Upstate Veterans and personally thank them for their service. Our offices received more than 2,000 homemade Valentine’s Day cards for our Veterans – thank you to everyone who participated. If you or a Veteran you know are having trouble with the VA, call our Utica office at (315) 732-0713. We’ll do whatever we can to help.
PROTECTING UPSTATE JOBS: Had a productive meeting with members of Congress and Agriculture Secretary Perdue about ways we can work together to support American hardwood producers like NY-22’s Gutchess Lumber. Hardwood producers across the country are still feeling the effects of our trade dispute with China, and we’re working to help them find solutions that keep jobs here in Upstate New York.
BRINDISI AT YOUR BUSINESS: Atlantic Testing Laboratories has offered engineering services in NY-22 for over 50 years. We visited their Utica location for Brindisi At Your Business to learn more about their work to improve water quality in Oneida County and help keep our environment healthy.
TEAM BRINDISI IS HERE TO HELP: Christopher Pelkey from Clinton is a disabled Army combat Veteran who struggled to get his benefits for more than eight years. He called our Utica office, and we helped him get access to the benefits he earned for his service. If you or a Veteran you know are having trouble accessing your VA benefits, call our Utica office at (315) 732-0713. We’ll do everything we can to help.
SUPPORTING OUR UPSTATE DEFENSE INDUSTRY: We met with Ed Abounader, president of the Rome AFGE/DFAS, and members of the DFAS Rome team to talk about their critical work and how we can work together to support their mission. I’ll keep working to bring their priorities to the House Armed Services Committee.