Hudson Valley lawmakers urge Public Service Commission to deny rate hike by Orange & Rockland Utilities

Hudson Valley lawmakers urged the Public Service Commission to deny a rate hike request by Orange & Rockland Utilities.
The lawmakers held a news conference Friday outside of Orange & Rockland in Monroe. They say the company is requesting a $35 million rate increase on electric and gas delivery charges during a time when energy costs are already at an all-time high.
The Public Service Commission was already expected to render a decision on the application, but lawmakers say they've held off due to the opposition.
"At a time when their customers, our constituents, are struggling like they've never struggled before to pay their utility bills and keep their home warm and the lights on in their houses, this is a disgrace!" New York state Sen. James Skoufis said.
An Orange & Rockland representative says the proposal would increase consumer bills about 2% each year, over three years to pay clean energy projects, storm programs and help low-income customers.