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Byline: Josee Valcourt
Sep. 20--NEWARK, N.J.--Senior citizens and members of organized labor joined other opponents of Verizon Communications' local telephone rate-change plan yesterday as the state Board of Public Utilities continued public hearings.
About 60 people attended the meeting, presided over by Herbert Tate, BPU president, and Commissioner Frederick F. Butler.
The three-man board expects to make a determination on the Verizon request by the end of the year.
"Many senior citizens cannot afford prescription medicine, let alone an increase in the cost of their phone service," said Arlene Henry, 75, a Newark resident.
"Verizon says its proposal does not double telephone rates," said Assemblyman …