Senate Passes Package of Ratepayer Protections

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The New York State Senate today passed legislation to further protect utility ratepayers across New York State and continue its commitment to the objectives of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  This legislative package continues the work of the Senate Majority “to support working families and fight New York’s affordability crisis by prioritizing the interests of consumers and holding utility companies accountable.” Read the Senate Majority press release.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Citizens of New York often struggle to comprehend their utility bills, and the determination of rates remains unclear, leading to consumer frustration with utility companies. The current legislative package aims to address the outdated and inaccessible processes, safeguarding ratepayers across New York and holding utility companies accountable. Additionally, this bill package seeks to enhance utility affordability and expand payment plan options for consumers. I extend my gratitude to today’s bill sponsors for their commitment to consumer protection and alleviating the financial burden on families throughout New York.”

Chair of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Senator Kevin Parker said, “In these strapped economic times in which we live, it is imperative that we do all within our power as lawmakers to help struggling New Yorkers. One area where this is achievable and can bring much-needed relief is utility bill payments. Therefore, I am happy to support the bill package and sponsor several pieces of legislation that can achieve that. New Yorkers pay some of the highest fixed charges in the nation on their utility bills, and during a long period of inflation and extraordinarily high energy rates, payment plans should be more accessible and available to individuals who have demonstrated the need. I want to thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and my colleagues for this package of bills.”

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