Queens lawmakers applaud Hochul for signing consumer protection legislative package into law


Several Queens lawmakers are lauding Governor Kath Hochul for signing into law a legislative package relating to consumer protection.

State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz collaborated on a bill mandating a consumer advocate have a voting seat on the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC).

“Too often, the Public Service Commission serves the industries it regulates rather than the public,” Gianaris said. “A consumer representative on the PSC will be a powerful step in the right direction.”

The PSC is currently comprised of five members and regulates telecommunications, electricity, steam, natural gas and water service delivery. Currently, there are no membership requirements. The Gianaris and Cruz legislation would mandate one member have expertise in utility consumer advocacy.