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Will local motel have to shut down or be sold due to NYSEG billing issues? Owners say yes, while power company contests claim

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NYSEG billing issues have prompted one local business to consider shutting down or selling the business.

After 23 years of owning the Sleepy Hollow Motel in Sennett, Cayuga County, Ernie and Okie Stahl say they will have to sell their business due to ongoing billing issues with NYSEG.


The Stahls tell The Citizen that the utility company has overcharged them significantly since last September, causing their bills to be four times the usual amount.

Despite their attempts to resolve the issue by filing a complaint with the New York Public Service Commission, contacting local representatives, the state attorney general, and Auburn City Court, the Stahls found no resolution.

NYSEG contests that they have had no part in the business’ situation.

They issued FingerLakes1.com the following statement:

“Customer concerns are a priority for NYSEG, and we have been engaged on this matter for some time. We do not comment on individual customers publicly, and as this case is still pending by the PSC, we would ordinarily not provide comment on it until resolved. However, we did attempt to read this meter on multiple occasions, and were not able to safely access the property due to the customers’ refusal to allow access to their driveway.”

– Shelby Cohen, NYSEG Representative