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AC giveaway for low-income New Yorkers

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As temperatures heat up across New York State and right here in Western New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced assistance for low-income New Yorkers with health concerns.

 The state has set aside $3 million in funding for the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 

For those low-income New Yorkers whose health issues pose a medical emergency during the hot weather forecast for the coming days, they could be eligible for an air conditioner. 

"The late spring and early summer have already brought several heat waves, which can be life-and-death matters for New Yorkers with serious medical conditions," Governor Cuomo said. "Senior citizens and children are especially susceptible to heat-related illness, and this initiative will provide low-income homes with much-needed air conditioners so that New Yorkers have the assistance they need to stay cool and healthy."

"Summer heat can be dangerous for many New Yorkers," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. "I strongly urge eligible families and seniors to take advantage of this program to help keep their homes safe and comfortable. As this heat wave moves across New York, it’s absolutely essential that seniors aren’t put at risk because they can't afford to keep their homes cool."

Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to local providers listed above or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.

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