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LIPA, PSEG Decide Not To Halt Utility Service For Nonpayment As Moratorium Negotiations Continue

Gustav Holmström

Long Island Power Authority and PSEG-Long Island say they will not terminate electric service to customers who are late on their bills — even though a state moratorium on shut-offs expired on March 31.

The decision comes as the New York State Legislature passed a measure to extend the moratorium on utility shut-offs for at least another 180 days. Governor Andrew Cuomo and state regulators are still negotiating the terms of the moratorium with utility providers.

More than 1.2 million gas and electric ratepayers in New York were behind on paying their bills, as of December. On Long Island, customers two months late on their bills make up more than $187 million, as of February.