Officials of New York Telephone and the state Public Service Commission improperly shared information without including other parties in the telephone company's rate case, state officials alleged Monday.
Officials from the state Attorney General's Office and Consumer Protection Board asked the PSC to delay its final decision in the New York Telephone rate case until Dec. 28. The PSC planned to vote on the case Wednesday.
"We are concerned about certain statements made by senior staff to the commissioners at the Dec. 12 public deliberations on this case," said a Friday letter from the two state departments.
New York Telephone spokesman Peter Muller said the phone company meets with the PSC frequently on many matters, and it would have shared any information pertinent to the rate case with the other parties.
"Nothing has happened that is unusual . . . and there's certainly nothing unlawful about this," he contended.
New York Telephone is seeking an $831.7 million, or 13 percent, rate increase. Three PSC administrative law judges have recommended the company receive a $23.6 million rate hike, while the Consumer Protection Board has recommended the phone company have its rates decreased.