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B'ville in negotiations with Verizon

A committee of representatives from the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Van Buren and Lysander is in the process of negotiating a deal with Verizon, which means Greater Baldwinsville may soon have two competing cable providers. The committee consists of Lysander Councilor Art Levy, Van Buren Councilor Mary Frances Sabin and Baldwinsville Trustee Dick Clarke.

"Competition is a good thing," Levy said.

The three met with a New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) representative last Wednesday because every cable TV franchise needs to be approved by the NYS PSC.

"We reviewed certain aspects of PSC's rules and regulations, so we are confident of our ground when we go to negotiate with Verizon," Levy said. "We spent a lot of time discussing what we would like to negotiate in the Verizon contract. One concern we all share is [PAC-B TV], so PAC-B continues and grows."

Levy said the committee intended to meet soon to strategize with the hope of beginning negotiations with Verizon in the near future.

"Our hope is this will be concluded long before the end of this year," he said adding that Verizon also told the committee they hoped to be able to offer service in the three municipalities by the end of the year.

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