From the Queens Gazette:
City Comptroller William Thompson, on the attack again against the Bloomberg administration's water rate increases, has proposed using federal stimulus funds to head off another water hike.
Thompson, who plans to challenge Mayor Michael Bloomberg in this year's mayoral election, said he will propose the stimulus funds solution on Friday when the Water Board meets to consider raising water rates again. He will be joined by City Councilmember David Weprin, who will also be pressing efforts to avert another rate hike.
Last year the board approved a 14.5 percent rate increase.