State lawmakers demand NYSEG notify customers about rate hikes

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Two state lawmakers are demanding that New York State Electric and Gas notify customers about rate hikes.

Sen. Terrence Murphy and Rep. Kevin Byrne wrote a letter to the president of NYSEG after being inundated with calls from constituents about the high electric bills and several blackouts and brownouts this winter that left residents in the cold.

As News 12 previously reported, dozens of residents in Somers, North Salem and Carmel were heated last week about unexpected high electric bills that NYSEG says were caused by a cold spell in December.

Sarah Bussinger, of Heritage Hills in Somers, says her family had a $904 electric bill from NYSEG. She says the bill was nearly four times more than the bill she received this time last year.

"They told me that the rates fluctuate and they are giving us the prices as they are getting it,” he says.

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