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 September 29, 2017

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Named Advocate for Justice by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

For its longstanding efforts in support of the region's most vulnerable families, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation was honored as an Advocate for Justice by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in recognition of the energy company's outstanding corporate citizenship, ongoing support and commitment to all of its customers.

"Central Hudson is truly honored to be selected for this recognition because we share the same mission of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley – to assist and advocate on behalf of our most deserving neighbors," said Denise VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson, and past recipient of Legal Service's Outstanding Corporate Citizens Award.  She explained that Central Hudson provides a variety of assistance and payment programs that provide grants, bill discounts and referrals for families facing financial difficulties, and offers personalized consulting to help those in need take full advantage of the assistance available to them.  "Legal Service's determination to improve the lives of our customers who are facing all sorts of difficulties mirrors our own efforts to provide a helping hand and a compassionate response to those who need help the most." 

"We are proud to have had the opportunity to honor Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation for their many contributions in partnership with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, as well as in support of dozens of other nonprofit programs and their customers… all in an effort to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our community," said Barbara Finkelstein, C.E.O. of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.  "As the only provider of free, comprehensive, civil legal services to low income individuals and families in the Lower- and Mid-Hudson Valley, we handled more than 15,000 cases impacting over 36,000 people last year. The people we help, like the customers a utility company serves, are our neighbors, our daughters and sons…they are just like us, but after one major illness, job loss, or tragedy, the dominoes start to fall, and they end up in a desperate situation and in need of a helping hand."

For more information on Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, visit www.lshv.org; and for more on Central Hudson's assistance programs and services, visit www.CentralHudson.com/PaymentAssistance.

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Central Hudson was honored as an Advocate for Justice by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in recognition of the energy company's outstanding corporate citizenship, ongoing support and commitment to all of its customers.
Top left: The award was accepted by Denise VanBuren, center, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson, presented by Senator Sue Seriono, right, and introduced by Rachel Chazin Halperin, Chief Program Officer for Legal Services, left.
Bottom left: Central Hudson's Customer Services team attended the event on behalf of the energy company. 

 

 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 300,000 electric and approximately 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York to the Capital District at Albany. Central Hudson's mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for shareholders; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Central Hudson is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com.