— Governor, Senate Need to Stand Up for Consumers ALBANY, N.Y. – The Public Utility Law Project and AARP today issued the following joint statement by PULP Executive Director Richard Berkley and AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel on the State Assembly’s inclusion of $350,000 for an independent Utility Consumer Advocate Office and funding for PULP and other consumer advocacy groups in its one-house 2017-18 state budget proposal: “PULP and AARP applaud the Assembly for once again stepping up for …

— ALBANY, N.Y. – Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State, on Assembly passage of A.180: “New Yorkers regularly pay among the highest residential electric bills in the nation. Yet we remain the largest of just 10 states without an independent utility consumer advocate to push back when utility companies spend over $10 million a year in ratepayers’ own money to push for rate increases. “A 2015 AARP survey found over half of New York’s Generation …

— Statement by Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State, on Approval of Long Island Power Authority 2016 Budget:          UNIONDALE, New York – “Given PSEG’s original request, AARP is pleased with the end result – and relieved for Long Islanders. We are glad LIPA was able to trim more than a third off what would have been an historically-high, $441 million three-year revenue increase. “Long Island utility consumers will still have to pay $287 million more over the …

— 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 …

— Constituents Deliver Hundreds of Postcards to State Senate Energy Chair Urging Independent Consumer Advocate UTICA, New York – Mohawk Valley residential customers of National Grid pay 21 percent more than the average American for electricity – and they can expect to cover the utility company’s costs to lobby for another rate hike in the next few years. AARP says consumers should have their own voice to fight for fair rates, and today association members delivered hundreds of constituents’ postcards to …

— 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 …

— Members Deliver 4,000 Postcards to Island’s State Senators Urging Utility Consumer Advocate MELVILLE, New York – As PSEG pushes the biggest potential residential electric rate hike in the history of the Long Island Power Authority on Long Islanders – and sends consumers a $4.4 million bill for its lobbying costs – AARP members delivered about 4,000 postcards to all nine Island state senators’ district offices today urging their support for an independent utility consumer advocate to represent the interests of …

— Lanza Also a Co-Sponsor; AARP Urges Leader Skelos to Back in New Budget ALBANY, New York – As PSEG pushes the biggest potential residential electric rate hike in the history of the Long Island Power Authority on Long Islanders – and sends consumers a $4.4 million bill for its lobbying costs – most of the Island’s state senators are voicing support for an independent utility consumer advocate to represent the interests of residential ratepayers. And other key members of the …

— Cahill, Assembly Back Consumer Advocate, Intervenor Funding (This statement was issued in conjunction with a New York State Public Service Commission public hearing at Kingston City Hall March 12, 2015 on a proposed rate increase by Central Hudson Gas & Electric) ALBANY, New York – Statement by Beth Glassanos, Associate AARP New York State Director for the Hudson Valley: “Here we go again. Central Hudson wants a rate hike and consumers have no meaningful input. “What’s worse, consumers already pay …

— Consumers Pick Up Utility’s Rate Case Expenses– But Lack Own Seat at Table NEW YORK, New York – Long Island’s residential utility ratepayers – who already pay among the highest electric bills in the nation – are footing PSEG’s $4.4 million bill to push its proposed electric rate hike on them. PSEG is hitting up Long Island ratepayers for its costs to lobby the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for a nearly 12 percent proposed electric rate hike over three …