Lancman, a Democrat, is best known for his years-long battle with New York’s police unions over codifying the Police Department’s ban on chokeholds into city law.
“Utility companies do not have a God-given right to operate in New York, and when they abuse and bully consumers they must be held accountable, which is why I am creating a new position of Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection at the Department of Public Service,” said Cuomo in a statement, naming Lancman to the post.
“Every New Yorker should be able to turn on the lights, heat their homes and open their faucets to clean water because their electricity, gas and water providers are meeting their obligations to provide safe, reliable, and affordable service as the law requires,” added Lancman, whose council resignation will take effect Wednesday.
Cuomo created the position in recent weeks after summer storms left parts of New York City and Long Island without power for days following Tropical Storm Isaias, sources told The Post.
Lancman will be tasked with monitoring the performance of the state’s electric, natural gas, private water, and telecom companies and tracking their investments in infrastructure and how they respond to customers.
The two-term city lawmaker is departing the council just months after his colleagues gave him a major win by overwhelmingly passing his chokehold ban in June.
The measure, signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, made it a misdemeanor for officers to use the maneuver.
The NYPD’s brass pushed back hard against the diaphragm rules, claiming they would make it nearly impossible to arrest suspects who resist. The department’s unions filed suit to block the law. The case is still pending.
Additional reporting by Julia Marsh and Craig McCarthy
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