Monthly Archives: April 2010

AARP Urges State Senate to Save PULP

Governor Paterson omitted PULP from his budget proposal, again making it essential for the state legislature to add appropriations that would ensure PULP’s survival. See State Budget Impasse Threatens PULP’s Future, April 9, 2010. This week, AARP New York State Director Lois Aronstein wrote to State Senate Conference Leader John Sampson urging the State Senate Read more…

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State Budget Impasse Threatens PULP’s Future

Each year since 1981, the New York Legislature has appropriated funds to support the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP). Although small foundation grants and charitable donations occasionally supplement PULP’s funding, the reality is that the State remains the primary source of PULP’s funding. One of the alarming consequences of the unresolved New Read more…

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Warm Winter and Lower Prices Ease Heating Bills for Gas and Electric Customers, while Oil and Propane Users Suffer from Higher Prices

The recent warm spell and snow melt got us thinking about how the winter stacked up in comparison to normal heating seasons. NYSERDA’ s Heating Fuels Report for March 29, 2010 reports indicate that this year New York had a warmer than normal season. The warmer weather obviously helped in meeting the cost of home Read more…

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As Poverty Continues its Tight Grip on New York State, Utilities Increase Interruptions of Electric and Natural Gas Service to Collect Bills (New York’s Utility Project)

Poverty in New York State The 2010 New York State Poverty Report issued March 17th by the New York State Community Action Association shows that the level of poverty is virtually unchanged from last year. Because poverty is defined at the family level and not the household level, the poverty status of a household is Read more…

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Passion for Electricity Submetering in Subsidized Housing Cools in Toronto

Diminishing Emphasis on SubmeteringToronto, Ontario has approximately 1,000 concrete slab apartment towers built from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. This concentration of brutalist structures is second only to the New York City area in North America. Similar to New York, with its Mitchell-Lama and HUD-funded projects, some of the Toronto buildings were constructed Read more…

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As Poverty Continues its Tight Grip on New York State, Utilities Increase Interruptions of Electric and Natural Gas Service to Collect Bills (New York’s Utility Project)

Poverty in New York State The 2010 New York State Poverty Report issued March 17th by the New York State Community Action Association shows that the level of poverty is virtually unchanged from last year. Because poverty is defined at the family level and not the household level, the poverty status of a household is Read more…

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