Newburgh Town Board opposes Central Hudson rate increase proposals


NEWBURGH – The Newburgh Town Board has gone on record as opposed to Central Hudson’s proposed electric and natural gas rate increase.

If permitted by the state PSC, the increase would raise the average residential electric bill by about $3.50 per month and by $3.30 for natural gas customers.

The town board said it wants to prevent “undue financial burden on residents, businesses, and local governments,” especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In this era of virtual learning and remote work, our communities are spending more time at home and utilizing more electricity and natural gas services than ever before,” the board said. “To increase electric and natural gas bills while residents, businesses, and local governments are barely making ends meet, would amplify the financial hardships already faced by our communities and have a negative impact on our economy.”

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