AARP: Create a NY utility consumer advocate

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AARP was lobbying at the Capitol today to push for the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create independent utility consumer advocate.

AARP logoThe group said that the state needs an independent watchdog to protect ratepayers from unwarranted rate increases. AARP advocates rallied in the Capitol and delivered postcards to lawmakers.

“This year we have an opportunity,” said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-Bronx, “and it is my hope that the Senate Assembly and the governor will all come together and stand with us consumer and say, ‘No more, we’re going to change the way things are done in New York and we’re going to have an advocate for us, the utility consumers.’”

AARP said New York has among the highest energy bills in the nation, and the problem is pronounced for the elderly.

AARP said New York is the largest state in the country that does not have an independent utility consumer advocate’s office, who can sue over rate hikes.

The measure is supported in the Democratic-led Assembly and with the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference. But it’s unclear whether it will make it in the final budget deal.

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