Gov. Malloy visits Manchester seniors during heat wave

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Jul. 28, 2011
State senator Cassano (D, District 4) talks to seniors in the Manchester Senior Center on Friday, July 22. About the recent elimination of a surcharge on Connecticut Light and Power bills, and new legislation seeking to lower Connecticut’s energy costs, move the state toward clean energy and create jobs and new businesses. Also attending were (left-to-right) Connecticut AARP President Laura Green, Governor Daniel P. Malloy, and Susan O'Connor, president of Manchester Chamber of Commerce. - Contributed Photo

On possibly the hottest day of the year, state Sen. Steve Cassano (D, District 4) and Gov. Daniel P. Malloy met at the Manchester Senior Center to announce a 5 percent bill reduction for Connecticut Light and Power electric customers. 

“With today’s extremely hot weather, air conditioners will be cranking, and seniors’ electric bills will be going up. Fortunately, we eliminated an electric bill surcharge in the state budget this year which will amount to a 5 percent savings for the average household or business, for a total $113 million in savings statewide. That should help significantly,” said Cassano in his press release. “We also passed major energy reform this year, which will revamp our state’s approach to energy policy, and help lower electric costs even further over the coming months.”

Gov. Malloy is quoted in the press release as saying, “Connecticut consumers pay among the highest energy costs in the nation, which is why we are taking an aggressive approach to overhauling statewide energy policy.”

“Extreme summer heat can be particularly dangerous for older Americans. AARP is pleased to join Gov. Malloy and Sen. Cassano to help raise awareness of this issue and provide seniors and others with important information that can help them stay cool this summer,” said Laura Green, Manchester resident and president of the Connecticut AARP.


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