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03/03/15 8:00am
PSEG held a public meeting Thursday at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss a rate increase plan. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The state Department of Public Service held a public meeting Monday at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss PSEG’s rate increase plan. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Long Islanders are blasting PSEG Long Island’s proposed rate increase plan and say current utility costs are already too high.

About 85 people attended an informational session Monday night at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss PSEG’s three-year rate plan, which was followed by a hearing for public comment.

The proposed rate hike to the delivery charge portion of an average residential customer’s bill is a 3.8 percent increase in 2016, or $3.25 per month, according to a PSEG press release. In 2017 and 2018, the proposed increase is 3.9 percent, or $3.30 per month.

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03/02/15 1:42pm

The medical condition of a 49-year-old Shirley man who was badly injured Sunday morning in a paragliding crash in Calverton has been upgraded from serious to fair, a Stony Brook University Medical Center spokesman said Monday.

The man, Marcelo Ibarra, crashed in a field shortly after taking off from the south runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton property about 8:20 a.m., Riverhead Town police said.

He suffered a possible fracture of both femurs.

Mr. Ibarra was airlifted to Stony Brook for treatment of his injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to assist Riverhead police in the investigation of the accident.

Police said the man was using a motorized paraglider in the crash.