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Utility surcharge extension draws public, business heat

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State Senate Republicans and business leaders are speaking out against the extension of a utility surcharge in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget.

More than $2 billion has been raised from homeowners and businesses with a utility surcharge created four years ago during the height of the state’s budget crunch. That charge, which National Grid estimates costs an average household $55 a year — $540 for a small business — is set to expire at ...

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