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From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson: September 25, 2009

Announces $200 Senior LIPA Credit

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has created a program that will help seniors save on their electric bills, announced New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau). The $10 million initiative would fund a one-time $200 credit for eligible seniors.

“With the cold weather just around the corner, this program could not have come at a better time,” said Johnson. “I applaud LIPA Chairman Kevin Law for spearheading this important effort that will help many seniors living on a fixed income.”

Eligible applicants must be age 62 or older, a LIPA account holder and meet the income requirements outlined below: 

Household    Monthly    Annual

Size    Income    Income

1    $1,963    $23,556

2    $2,567    $30,804

3    $3,172    $38,064

4    $3,776    $45,312

5    $4,380    $52,560

6    $4,984    $59,808

7    $5,097    $61,164

8    $5,210    $62,520
The credits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Additional information on this program is available at Johnson’s district office, 151 Herricks Roads, Suite 202, Garden City Park; 746-5923.

Qualifying seniors may apply in person at any LIPA Customer Service Center or by mail. Applications can be obtained by visiting www.lipower.org/seniors or by calling 1-800-490-0025.

Fall Food Drive

New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), is once again partnering with Island Harvest to help the less fortunate this fall.

From now until Oct. 1, non-perishable food items will be collected at the senator’s district office, 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pick-ups can also be arranged.

“I am proud to partner with this extraordinary organization as we work to ensure that all families are afforded food — especially in these difficult economic times,” Johnson said. “I am asking anyone who can help to assist us in this very important cause.

Island Harvest sponsors more than 570 Long Island-based member programs including soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, low-income daycare centers, and senior, youth, outreach and rehabilitation centers within Nassau and Suffolk counties.

For more information, contact Johnson’s office at 746-5923.