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Electric and Gas Utility Bill Credits for Low-Income Families


Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a large majority of over $550 million dollars dedicated to help low-income families pay off their electric and gas bills, which will be reflected in the month of August.

“I am pleased to announce that the largest low-income utility financial assistance program in the state’s history rolls-out on Monday, August 1 – marking a major step forward in the state’s ongoing efforts to help New Yorkers maintain utility services,” Governor Hochul said. “No New Yorker should have their lights and air conditioning shut off as a result of financial problems caused by the pandemic. I applaud the State Legislature for their partnership to appropriate $250 million toward reducing the burden of utility arrears, which will be critical to helping vulnerable New Yorkers maintain their utility services, especially during these hot summer months.”

The money comes from a $557 million dollar statewide COVID-19 bill credit program dedicated to low-income customers adopted by the NYS Public Service Commission.

The program also authorizes the same relief for any eligible low-income customers that enroll in EAP by December 31, 2022.

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