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Gov. Hochul Signs RPEA Supported Bill

On December 22, 2023, Governor Hochul signed S4548-Parker/A4876-Solages.

RPEA supported this legislation, which would provide automated identification of residents who may be eligible for assistance in paying their utility bills but have not signed up for the federal Home Energy Assistance Program. The state would generate lists of beneficiaries who are eligible for utility companies’ affordability programs and share data with the utilities. New York City already matches benefits this way.

In our Memo in Support, RPEA stated, “Of the estimated 1.2 million New York households that are behind on their utility bill, most – certainly some – are retired public employees. Contrary to popular perception, 24% of retirees in the State and Local Retirement System receive a pension under $10,000. These older retirees, like all New Yorkers, have struggled under the economic effects of the pandemic and inflation, especially rising utility costs, and need help.”

This is another example of RPEA working on behalf of our members.

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