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A new statewide
The bill (S4550B/A6239B) passed the Assembly last month and has bi-partisan support in the
"A utility watchdog will finally give consumers a fighting chance, rather than subjecting them to the same losing battle when utility companies press for rate hikes," said
"New Yorkers pay among the highest utility rates in the nation for service that isn't always reliable. The reason: consumers don't have a full-time, well-resourced advocate pressing their case when key decisions get made," said
- 72 percent don't think "the interests of residential utility consumers are sufficiently represented and taken into consideration" when gas and electric rate hikes are proposed.