Assembly Bill A4573A

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Directs the department of public service to prepare a written report on the affordability of water services for commercial and residential customers

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    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
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2023-A4573 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Rules
Law Section:
Public Services
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A7554

2023-A4573 - Summary

Directs the department of public service to prepare a written report on the affordability of water services for commercial and residential customers within 180 days of effectiveness; requires an updated report to be submitted one year after the initial report.

2023-A4573 - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   4573
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             February 17, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of A. ZEBROWSKI, L. ROSENTHAL, THIELE, STECK -- read
   once and referred to the Committee on  Corporations,  Authorities  and
   Commissions
 
 AN  ACT  directing the department of public service to prepare a written
   report on the affordability of utility services

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Legislative  findings and declaration. In response to the
 COVID-19 pandemic, chapters 108 and 126 of the laws of 2020 were adopted
 to ensure that New Yorkers would not be deprived of gas, electric, water
 service, helping households follow the vital state policy of "sheltering
 in place."  The moratorium prohibited termination of utility services at
 a pivotal moment when it became evident that  sanitary  conditions  were
 required  to  combat  the  COVID-19  virus and keep New Yorkers safe and
 healthy, especially seniors and the medically vulnerable.  The  legisla-
 ture  finds  and  declares that it is unknown to the state the number of
 New Yorkers who had their services terminated or disconnected during the
 pandemic. The legislature finds that  many  utility  customers  rely  on
 continuous  service  for heat, water, and electricity to power necessary
 equipment, such as life-saving health care devices and other New Yorkers
 require cooling during extreme heat conditions and heat  during  extreme
 cold  conditions,  particularly when congregate care cooling and heating
 facilities are not safe for use by medically vulnerable households.  The
 legislature finds that the state requires comprehensive data  concerning
 New  Yorkers' ability to afford utility service, including the number of
 New Yorkers who had their services terminated or who  are  currently  at
 risk of termination during the pandemic. The legislature finds that this
 data  is  critical  to ascertain the effectiveness of the moratorium and
 other COVID-19 consumer protections, as well as the  disruptive  effects
 that  the  pandemic  has had on utility customers' finances, and utility
 finances and services, and the public  health,  safety  and  welfare  of
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD01633-01-3
              

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2023-A4573A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Rules
Law Section:
Public Services
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A7554

2023-A4573A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the department of public service to prepare a written report on the affordability of water services for commercial and residential customers within 180 days of effectiveness; requires an updated report to be submitted one year after the initial report.

2023-A4573A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  4573--A
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             February 17, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M. of A. ZEBROWSKI, L. ROSENTHAL, THIELE, STECK, COLTON,
   REYES, SIMONE -- read once and referred to  the  Committee  on  Corpo-
   rations,  Authorities  and Commissions -- recommitted to the Committee
   on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions in accordance with Assem-
   bly Rule 3, sec. 2 --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
   reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
 AN  ACT  directing the department of public service to prepare a written
   report on the affordability of water services for commercial and resi-
   dential customers
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1.  1. As used in this act:
   a.  "Assistance  program"  shall  mean any program offered to eligible
 low-income customers to assist with the costs of electricity,  gas,  and
 water,  including  but not limited to the low-income home energy assist-
 ance program, any low-income affordability plans as provided  by  public
 service  commission  case  number  14-M-0565, and/or any other financial
 assistance program provided through or by New York state  or  individual
 utilities, counties or municipalities.
   b. "Commission" shall mean the public service commission.
   c. "Municipality" shall mean potable water districts and potable water
 systems  owned  and/or  operated  by a city, town, village, authority or
 other governmental subdivision.
   d. "Water-works corporation" shall have the same meaning  as  subdivi-
 sion 27 of section 2 of the public service law, or a municipality.
   2.  a.  Every water-work corporation shall be subject to the jurisdic-
 tion of the public service commission for the purposes of enforcing  the
 provisions  of this act pursuant to sections 24, 25 and 26 of the public
 service law. The commission  shall  adjudicate  complaints  and  conduct
 investigations  for  violation of this act in the manner provided by the
 provisions of article 2 of the public service law.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD01633-02-4
              

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