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Senator Brooks Announces Bill To Protect Consumers from Utility Rate Hikes

LongIsland.com

Brooks: "This measure will force the utility companies to consider the severe economic impact of rate hikes."

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Senator John E. Brooks.

Photo by: Office of Senator John E. Brooks.

Long Island, NY - May 4, 2017 - In an effort to increase transparency and protect Long Island consumers, ​Senator John E. Brooks introduced legislation (S.4717) requiring utility companies across New York State to notify the public of the date and location of hearings regarding utility rate changes. ​The notice would be included on a customer's monthly bill statement.
 
“More often than not, consumers are notified of rate hikes after the fact and often feel blindsided by skyrocketing gas and electric bills. The current system is laughable and we must do more to keep the public informed of issues that directly affect their finances.”
 
Senator Brooks continued, “Many Long Island families simply cannot afford these constant rate increases, particularly seniors on fixed incomes. This measure will force the utility companies to consider the severe economic impact of rate hikes before increasing people’s utility bills,” said Brooks.