Michael Gianaris

November 09, 2011

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' support for LIHEAP, a state-run assitance program to help New Yorkers pay their energy bills.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) issued a reminder yesterday to Western Queens residents to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP offers low income households assistance to pay their energy bills to protect themselves against the cold winter weather. The program provides assistance in several ways, Gianaris said, including making bill payments and helping with energy crises, weatherization and other energy home repairs. The program is particularly beneficial to the community’s seniors, young children and the disabled who are at a higher risk of life-threatening diseases due to lack of sufficient heat in their homes.

“During these difficult economic times, energy costs are an increasing burden for all New Yorkers, particularly for those in need,” Gianaris said. “I strongly encourage all who are eligible to see how this program can help their families.

Read the full article here.