NY Governor Prohibits Utility Disconnections During Emergencies

NY Governor Prohibits Utility Disconnections During Emergencies

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Prohibit Utility Disconnections During Emergencies as Part of 2021 State of the State
Proposed Legislation Would Establish an Automatic Moratorium on Utility Disconnections in Regions Under States of Emergency
Applies to Electric, Gas, Water, Telecommunications, Cable and Internet

New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a proposal to prohibit utility disconnections in regions that are under a state of emergency as part of the 2021 State of the State.  The Governor will propose legislation that will apply to electric, gas, water, telecommunications, cable and internet services.  Utilities that fail to comply will be subject to penalties.

“In a year in which we dealt with an unprecedented pandemic, ferocious storms added insult to injury by knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said.  “Utility companies provide essential services, and we need to make sure they continue to provide them, rain or shine.  That’s why we’re proposing legislation to make sure that New Yorkers, especially those living in regions under states of emergency, have access to these critical services to provide for themselves and their families.”

Governor Cuomo has taken a series of actions to protect New Yorkers’ access to utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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