State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied with civic leaders and area residents to advocate for the passage of his legislation in the State Senate, which would abolish the minimum charge for the supply of water collected by the New York City Water Board. The bill would ensure homeowners are charged only for the amount of water used, without any excess fees.
“I was around when this process of charging a minimum water usage rate was first introduced by the government,” Avella said. “The premise, at the time, was to encourage people to conserve water and only pay for the amount that they use. Unfortunately, over the years, this practice has lost that core message and it seems, has become a revenue-generating procedure for the City of New York instead. This is something that must be better addressed, without forcing people to pay more money than the amount used, which is often the case with senior citizens, single individuals and those who frequently leave town. The minimum water charge no longer makes sense for the City of New York.”