Councilwoman Sandra Ung‘s Resolution No. 173-A was passed by the City Council on Thursday, July 14. The bill calls for the governor and state Legislature to expand financial relief programs to New York City residents struggling to pay utility bills.
According to Ung, outstanding utility debt could impair New York City residents’ credit and the city’s economic recovery from the pandemic.
“The dramatic and unexpected increases in their utility bills was the last thing New Yorkers still dealing with the economic devastation of the pandemic needed,” Ung said. “While the governor did allocate funding in the budget to address utility arrears, it is not nearly enough money to address the scope of the problem.”