— Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org AARP Members Urge DeFrancisco’s Support; to Head to Albany Tomorrow SYRACUSE, New York – After a harsh winter that sent utility bills soaring, fed-up Central New Yorkers today called on State Sen. John DeFrancisco and the State Senate’s Republican Leadership to give consumers a voice. AARP members gathered across from the downtown Syracuse State Office Building, urging Senator DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and GOP Senate Leadership to pass a bill before the 2014 state legislative …

— Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org 70% Don’t Think Elected Officials Doing Enough About Utility Bill Increases; 72% Say Consumers’ Interests Not Represented in Rate Cases ALBANY, New York – After a harsh winter that sent utility bills soaring, New Yorkers are fed up with paying the highest average residential electric rates in the continental U.S. and are telling their state senators to take action before the end of the 2014 state legislative session this month. A new statewide AARP …

— Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Association Calls on Senate Majority Coalition Leader Skelos & His Conference to Back Independent Utility Consumer Advocate Statement from Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State, on today’s State Assembly passage of A.6239B: “Speaker Silver, Assemblyman Dinowitz and the Assembly took a giant step for New Yorkers today by passing legislation to create an independent utility consumer advocate office with the power to go to court over unfair rate increases. “New …

— Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org As Potential Increase to Already Sky-High Rates Looms, LI AARP Members Push Their State Senators for Independent Watchdog UNIONDALE, N.Y. – After a brutal winter that saw Long Islanders’ utility bills soar, more rate hikes on the horizon coupled with PSEG scoring its lowest-ever customer satisfaction rating level proved enough for Long Islanders. Today a group of fed up consumers gathered outside the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) headquarters to demand change in …

— Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org    New Budget Rejects Utility Watchdog for Consumers; Most Other States Offer Consumers an Advocate to Fight for Reasonable Rates Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State:  “AARP is disappointed and extremely concerned for our 2.6 million members and all New Yorkers that the new state budget does too little to combat soaring utility rates. “New Yorkers pay among the highest residential electric rates in the nation and bills …

—   Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org   AARP Details Expenses by Utility; Says Tab Underscores Need for Independent Utility Rate Watchdog in Final State Budget   ALBANY, N.Y. – New York’s utilities, including international energy companies, charge state consumers some of the highest residential electric rates in the nation – more than twice the national average for many – and bill their own customers for the cost of trying to push those rates even higher.   With those same …

— Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Association Says Policy Would Help Family Caregivers Continue Providing $32 B Annually in Care, Improve Workplace Productivity, Save Taxpayers Money Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State: “This issue is not only about helping parents who need time to care for newborns; it’s also about helping grown children care for their own elderly parents and loved ones. “Not only is family leave compassionate, it’s good for our economy …

— Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org As Potential Hike to Already Sky-High Rates Looms, Long Island AARP Members Push for Independent Utility Rate Watchdog ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – With the possibility that Long Island’s power provider will seek a rate increase next year, members of New York’s most powerful voting demographic pressed State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and his colleagues today to back an independent watchdog to protect ratepayers from unwarranted increases in 2016 and beyond. AARP members from …

— Contacts:  dirwin@aarp.org, Erik Kriss 518-447-6723 ekriss@aarp.org Utilities Charge Customers $10M/Yr. to Push Regulators for Some of Highest Rates in Nation; Consumers Lack Seat at Table, AARP Says Watchdog Needed NEW YORK, New York – New Yorkers pay the highest average residential electric rates in the continental United States, and when it comes utility companies pressing for even higher rates, the cards are always stacked against consumers.  A new AARP report released today details just how unfair the equation is, showing …