No-Fee Analog Meter Choice

No-Fee Analog Meter Choice


Dear Friends,

One of NYSUMA’s main goals is to secure a no-fee analog utility meter choice for New York State residents. Power companies in other states, including California, New Mexico, Vermont, among others, offer this choice and so should utility companies in New York State.

We are having ongoing and productive meetings with state and local legislators on this topic. Many elected officials, such as Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator George Amedore, Former Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, have written letters to the New York State Public Service Commission in support of an analog meter choice.

As of right now, there are several unacceptable “smart” meter bills filed in the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly. NYSUMA has written a consumer friendly bill that includes an analog meter choice. We are sharing it with elected officials and hope that our points will be included in a 2020 bill. When and if this happens, we will be calling on you to contact your NYS senators and assembly members to ask them to support this bill.

In October, NYSUMA presented the movie Generation Zapped at the Rosendale Theatre. We highly recommend this movie. Please consider showing it in your communities.

We want to share two documents we hope will help you in your efforts to educate neighbors, friends, family and elected officials about AMR, ERT and “smart” meters:
One page 2-sided Action Sheet
An updated 
Overview of Electronic Utility Meter Hazards

Both of these can be found at
Thank you for your past support. We are an all-volunteer, 501 c organization. If you would like to continue to support our efforts, please visit our website and contribute to NYSUMA via the donate button or send a check to NYSUMA, P.O. Box 31, Woodstock, NY 12498. Your contribution is tax deductible to the limit of the law.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,

Weston Blelock
Anita Gehrke

Michele Hertz

Toby Stover
New York Safe Utility Meter Association (NYSUMA)
P.O. Box 1342

Woodstock, NY 12498

RREGULATORS vs. FCC: Exposing and prosecuting a vast, illegal financial scandal behind 5G

Welcome to the next phase of the movement being birthed out of our historic 5G Crisis Summit. Together we sowed seeds of change by reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers and elected officials. Thank YOU!!

As we stay connected, here’s what’s coming next.

Our small but mighty team is creating a powerful platform that I feel will go way beyond the Summit. I look forward to share more as we get closer. In the meantime, I will be in touch with the most important developments and solutions.

Today’s update is a game-changing interview with Bruce Kushnick and Scott McCollough, the leaders of a group of industry “defectors”. They have launched a federal case, IRREGULATORS vs FCC, being heard in the D.C. Circuit Court on January 17, 2020.

In the first 3 minutes you’ll see why this is a blockbuster piece which will boost all of our efforts worldwide. Click below to instantly watch the interview:

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Gardner city council approves opt-out for smart meter plan 

Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
Gardner City Council, following recommendations by the Utilities Advisory Commission, approved a motion to adopt an opt-out program for the upcoming smart meter project during a meeting December 3.
According to Gonzalo Garcia, utilities director, city staff recommended the adoption of two opt-out programs — digital and medical —without charging affected consumers any fees.
“On October 21, the city council directed staff to develop a smart meter policy allowing customers to have the option of opting out in favor of manual meter readings, and evaluate if an opt-out plan can be provided at no cost,” said Garcia in a presentation to the council.
Garcia said the city contacted the Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU), American Public Power Association (APPA) and the Kansas Municipal Energy Association (KMEA) among other organizations to determine the best way to proceed.
Garcia said that according to the research, most states either have a case by case opt-out program or don’t have such policies in place.
In Kansas, of the nine largest electric municipalities, only three- Ottawa, Garden City and Kansas City, Ks- have implemented smart meters, and none of them allows an opt-out program.
Garcia said that of the seven states that allow consumers to opt out of smart meters, only two allow consumers to opt out without a fee.
The digital opt-out program is available to any resident who objects to the smart meters. The meters will be installed but remain dormant except for once a month when they will be activated to send scheduled readings to the city’s utility billing department.
In the medical opt-out program, the meters will remain dormant. To take advantage of the medical option, residents will have to provide a statement to the city from a doctor attesting that for health reasons the consumer must avoid exposure to radio frequency emissions.
Meter readings for residents who opt out will be read manually.
The opt-out option is a result of lobbying by several residents who expressed fears that the frequencies emitted by the meters will negatively affect their health.
The city also had a public meeting in which residents presented their concerns.
During the same meeting, the council authorized the purchase and service agreement of the $4 million smart meter project to Nextgrid LLC.
The project is included in the 2019-2020 budget and will be paid out of the electric and water funds.
The council also approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $4.1 million in general obligation bonds to pay for the cost of the project.
Mathew Wolff, finance director, said the first series of the bonds will not be issued until 2020 and that future debt service for the bonds will be drawn from the electric and water funds.


Gardner city council approves opt-out for smart meter plan 

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