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Low income New Yorkers will get past due utility bills paid off through new state program

A new program is coming for low-income customers pay off past due utility bills.

Governor Kathy Hochul says $567 million has been made available to help pay those electric and gas utility bills for low income New Yorkers.

The Public Service Commission is using $250 million from the fiscal year 2023 Enacted State Budget to require utilities to give a one-time credit to customers in the Energy Affordability Program.

“It’s unacceptable that far too many New Yorkers are at risk of having their lights shut off for failure to pay their utility bills due to financial problems caused by the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said in a press release. “To address this, I partnered with the State Legislature to appropriate $250 million toward reducing the burden of utility arrears. Today’s action by the Public Service Commission builds on the budget appropriation and is a major step forward to help vulnerable New Yorkers maintain their utility services while they get back on their feet.”

If you’re enrolled in EAP, state officials say you will be eligible for this one-time credit.

The credits should be applied to balances by August 1, 2022.

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