AARP members want bill to control utility costs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New York AARP members are concerned about the cost of utilities.

They are gathering at Ensminger Senior Citizens Center, in Tonawanda, Wednesday to urge State Senator George Maziarz to pass a bill that would create an independent utility consumer advocate office.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti, has already passed the New York State Assembly but is opposed by the senate Republican leadership. According to an AARP survey, Erie County voters age 50 and over, overwhelmingly support the bill.

New Yorkers pay the highest residential electric rates in the continental United States. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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