—   Contacts: Erik Kriss ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Utility Consumer Advocate Office Would Level Field for NY Consumers, Who Already Pay Highest Electric Rates in Continental U.S. ALBANY, N.Y. – Utility consumers would have a strong advocate with the power to push back when utility companies push for rate increases under an AARP-backed bill that passed the New York State Assembly today. The bill (A6239), sponsored by Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx), would establish a utility …