N.Y. Dems press Hochul to back bill to transition from natural gas

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul shows a signed legislative package to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs during a press conference, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

A coalition of Democratic lawmakers and advocates are urging New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to support legislation that would establish the regulatory framework to help transition away from natural gas and cap utility bills for low- and middle-income New Yorkers.

In a call with reporters Thursday, the group said they want Hochul to include the NY Home Energy Affordable Transition Act, or NY HEAT Act, in her next state budget rather than wait for the legislature to act. The Senate passed the bill this year, but it died in the Assembly.

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