New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed a bill into law that allows homeowners leasing liquified petroleum gas tanks to receive emergency deliveries from any supplier during times of an emergency, helping homeowners keep the heat on during severe weather emergencies and other critical periods.
A qualifying emergency is a federal, state, or local emergency declaration, or severe weather that could result in death, injury, or damage to a building due to lack of residential heat.
"Just as we saw during November's historic snowstorm, when New Yorkers are prepared, we can handle any challenge that comes our way," Gov. Hochul said in a statement. "By signing this legislation, we are bolstering our storm and winter preparedness efforts and ensuring New Yorkers can stay warm throughout the winter and remain safe during any future extreme weather events."
The new law also requires the commissioner of Agriculture and Markets and attorney general to develop a propane consumer bill of rights and post it on the Department of Agriculture and Markets website. It will also be provided to customers who sign a contract for the provision of LPG, detailing when a customer can purchase from a temporary emergency supplier.
"When temperatures dip, New Yorkers who rely on petroleum to heat their homes shouldn't be left holding the bag when their contracted delivery service can't or won't follow through," state Sen. James Skoufis said. "Legalizing consumer choice in this space when it really counts will keep families warm and safe this winter."