New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that $672 million dollars has been allocated for electric and gas utility bill relief for New Yorkers.
In total, 478,000 residential customers and 56,000 small businesses in the state will receive assistance to pay off bills that are past due. The assistance will be the largest financial assistance program in state history for utility customers.
“Every New Yorker deserves affordable energy, yet too many New Yorkers are at risk of having their lights turned off due to financial problems caused by the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said.
Earlier this month, Governor Hochul announced ambitious and comprehensive policies to address energy affordability and reduce climate-altering emissions from every sector of the economy as part of the 2023 State of the State.
Governor Hochul also announced $200 million in relief for high electric bills by providing a discount to more than 800,000 New Yorkers making under $75,000 who have not been eligible for the State’s current utility discount program, a new initiative that is separate from today’s $672 million announcement.