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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.
- 79 percent support creating an independent utility consumer advocate office.
- 69 percent are concerned about their ability to pay utility bills in the coming years.
- 74 percent said the cost of heating their homes this past winter put a strain on their household finances.
A January AARP report, "David v. Goliath; Why consumers are losing
Ratepayers, on the other hand, have little to no representation before the state's utility-regulating
SOURCE AARP New York