Seniors, AARP officials head to Albany to lobby lawmakers for lower utility bills for seniors

Created: 06/10/2014 6:43 AM WHEC.com

After a brutal winter and a warm start to summer, we are hearing from people about the rising cost of their utility bills.

A new survey by the AARP found that many people and especially senior citizens are facing huge bills. Today, senior citizens will come together to call on state senators to move on a bill they say will save cash-strapped seniors money on their rising utility costs.

Early Tuesday morning, a bus full of senior citizens and AARP officials left for Albany from Monroe Community Hospital on East Henrietta Road. It's all part of a plan by the AARP of New York.

Local organizers say that after an icy-cold winter, seniors across the state and in Monroe County were faced with unregulated utility and heating bills, bills they have to pay on a limited income.

Organizers of today's event say the solution is an independent utility consumer advocate, fighting for more regulations and capped energy costs for the elderly. That plan to create that position passed in the Assembly last month and now, results of an AARP study says Monroe County voters age 50 and over say they're very concerned about how they're going to pay utility bills in the future.

We're told they'll be lobbying at the offices of state Senators Joe Robach, Michael Nozzolio and Patrick Gallivan along with members of the senate leadership.

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