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Open House Announced Regarding Utility Debt Relief


Assemblymember Anna Kelles has announced two public open houses, one in Cortland County and one in Tompkins County, regarding utility debt relief for residents. The open house will help connect residents to programs in reducing their energy costs.

Kelles says utility costs continued to be difficult for both individuals and families, especially during the winter season and ongoing increasing rates. The public house for Cortland County residents will take place on Thursday, January 18th at the SUNY Cortland Student Life Center at 8 Pashley Drive from 4 to 7pm. For Tompkins County residents, it will take place on Thursday, January 25th at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center at 301 W. Court Street, also from 4 to 7pm.

The event is being hosted by New York State Senator Lea Webb, Assemblymember Anna Kelles and the Public Utility Law Project of New York. Residents who attend will learn if they’re eligible for various debt relief options and be connected to programs to reduce energy bills this winter. There will also be free application assistance.

Residents are asked to bring with them their utility bill, a form of identification, a copy of your benefits award letter from HEAP, SNAP, SSI, or other public assistance (if you have one), and proof of income if not yet applied for HEAP or SNAP.

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