- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Utility consumers in New York would have a new voice representing their interests under legislation passed in the state Assembly that would create a state Utility Consumer Advocate.

The bill passed Wednesday is designed to give residents greater say when state and federal regulators set utility policy.

The advocate would speak up for consumers when energy and other utility companies seek to raise rates or change the level of service. The office would also have the authority to represent consumers in state and federal courts.

Supporters say states that already have similar advocacy offices have seen big savings in utility bills.

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