On Monday night, Frank spoke at the Public Service Commission hearing at the South West Community Center in support of Affordable and Clean Energy for All Of Us - and against electricity shut-offs and inadequate subsidies for those in need.
The PSC proposal is for discounts in addition to HEAP assistance. However, the proposal would leave most low-income people out of the program. Only those who receive a HEAP payment that goes directly to the utility company would be eligible for the additional discounts. Most low-income people do not receive these payments and would be left in the cold. The amount of the discount proposed so far is also very low. Given the huge number of utility shut-offs, the amount of money proposed will not be enough to provide all low-income New Yorkers with an affordable energy bill. Local organizations are mobilizing their members to attend the hearing, including Syracuse United Neighbors, ARISE, Greater Syracuse Tenants Association, Spanish Action League, Syracuse Peace Council, Alliance for a Green Economy, and Green Party of Onondaga County.