The NY HEAT Act would save New Yorkers nearly $1,000 per year. Tell Governor Hochul to include this bill in the 2024 budget


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Delivery to Governor Hochul, Speaker Heastie, and Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins

Action ended on April 19, 2024

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What Was At Stake

New York’s nation-leading climate law sets in place critical mandates to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions – now New York must adopt policies to meet these mandates. One crucial policy that would help meet these mandates is the NY HEAT Act. This policy would ensure that no New Yorker pays over 6 percent of their household income on energy costs, while helping the state downsize the dirty, expensive, gas system.

Right now, the Governor and Legislature are at work putting together the 2024 state budget.  Urge Governor Hochul, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, to put this critical legislation in the budget!  

New Yorkers just experienced a 2023 that was marked by increasing utility bills, smoke-filled skies and dangerous air quality, unprecedented flooding that left people stranded, and record-breaking heat waves.  

Buildings are New York State’s single largest source of carbon emissions, harming both the climate and public health. In fact, building emissions across New York account for nearly 2,000 premature deaths a year, more than any other state.  

The NY HEAT Act would ensure that the transition away from fossil-fueled buildings and towards electrification is swift and affordable by preventing gas companies from raising customers’ rates to cover the cost of expanding their polluting and outdated system. These provisions together would save New York families nearly $1,000 per year, putting money back in people’s pockets to cover food, rent, savings and other basic needs as we face a cost-of-living crisis.  

To get this critical policy passed, we’ll need every voice to speak up for our right to clean energy and clean air. Join us today in telling Governor Hochul, Speaker Heastie, and Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins to ensure the NY HEAT Act is in the final 2024 budget!  

Empire State building and Manhattan skyline, New York City, USA (Matteo Colombo / Getty Images)
Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline, New York City. (Matteo Colombo / Getty Images)

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