— Measure Would Establish Independent Consumer Advocate Office Statement from Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State, on today’s State Assembly passage of A.180: “New York utility consumers pay among the highest electric bills in the nation, and AARP applauds Speaker Heastie, Assemblyman Dinowitz and the Assembly for passing legislation to give their overburdened constituents an independent and meaningful voice when utilities try to raise residential rates. “Assemblyman Dinowitz’s legislation to create an independent utility consumer advocate office …

— 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 …