— Association Says Proposals on Budget Table to Combat Rates Ranking Among Nation’s Highest Need Governor’s Support ALBANY, New York – Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State: “New York has an energy affordability problem, and AARP urges Governor Cuomo to instruct his budget negotiators to work with the State Assembly and Senate on pro-ratepayer proposals that are on the table right now. “Two common sense ideas currently under discussion in state budget negotiations would give …

— 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  NYers’ Rates 68% Above National Average; AARP Says NY Needs Independent Utility Rate Watchdog to Protect Consumers ALBANY, N.Y. – New York residents pay 68 percent more for electricity than the average American, according to new data, and the state is one of just a handful without an independent consumer advocate looking out for residential ratepayers. Not coincidentally, New York residents pay far more on average for their electricity than residents of …

—   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 Members From Around NYS Travel to Albany to Urge Adoption of Moreland Commission Recommendation   ALBANY, N.Y. – With New Yorkers paying among the highest utility costs in the nation, members of New York’s most powerful voting demographic travelled to Albany today to urge that the final state budget include an independent watchdog to protect ratepayers from unwarranted rate increases. As state leaders negotiate a final state budget due by April 1, AARP …

— 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: Erik Kriss 518-447-6723 ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin dirwin@aarp.org            Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP New York  ALBANY, New York – “Today’s legislative hearing on human services serves as a stark reminder of the lack of inclusion of key issues to middle class, Baby Boomers and older New Yorkers in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal. The executive budget fails to address the concerns of the largest voting demographic in the state, 50+ voters, when they most need …

— 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 …