Governor urged to sign bill to lower utility costs

SUFFERN – Several state lawmakers from Rockland County called on Governor Cuomo to sign a bill that would establish the State Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate.

The measure, sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet) could help prevent rate hikes and potentially help lower customers’ utility bills.

Speaking during his annual senior fair at Rockland Community College in Suffern on Wednesday, Carlucci said that this year the Public Service Commission allowed Orange and Rockland Utilities to increase electric bills on average about $2.90 per month, which will go up to about $3.04 in 2021. Suez New York is seeking to raise rates in Rockland by 18.6 percent over three years, or about $10.50 per month, he said.

“We need to make sure that we start to reverse the trend of high utility rates and by having a utility consumer advocate we can hold the line on utilities and make sure they are working for us, the ratepayer,” the senator said.

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