As New Yorkers continue to see their energy bills go up—and as more than a million fall behind with their utility payments—a new rate shock might be coming. AARP is fighting to help those who can least afford it.
AARP New York is advocating for a state tax credit for family caregivers and the federal Credit for Caring Act, which would provide a tax credit of up to $5,000 to offset costs such as home modifications, in-home care and transportation.
In May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an AARP-backed law that reinstated a moratorium on utility shutoffs and extended it until 180 days after the end of New York’s COVID-19 state of emergency or Dec. 31, whichever is earlier. It covers water, gas and electric utilities, as well as phone, cable and high-speed internet services.