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March 1, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Supports Year of the Veteran
Special Good Neighbor Fund grants available

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation joins Dutchess County and local agencies in observing 2018 as the Year of the Veteran, and is involved in activities and events being held throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley that honor local military residents. The energy company is also making a special grant available for income-eligible veterans and military families served by Central Hudson toward their utility bills through the Good Neighbor Fund.

"This year, Central Hudson celebrates the Year of the Veteran and we're supporting initiatives by the Dutchess County Historical Society, sponsoring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica 'Wall That Heals' at the Newburgh waterfront in August 2018, promoting the Troops to Energy program to provide a pathway for veterans to careers in the energy industry, and more," said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson.

"We're proud to employ more than 70 veterans at Central Hudson. They fill a wide variety of critical roles," she added.  Positions include repair and maintenance of high-voltage electric lines and pressurized natural gas pipelines, meter testing and installations, maintenance and repair of utility vehicles, control operators, engineering, customer services, security and technicians involved in Central Hudson's adoption of smart grid technologies. "Many of their skills gained while serving in the military are well suited for jobs in the energy industry, and we appreciate their talents and dedication in serving our customers," VanBuren said.

"As a part of this observance, we are also extending a helping hand to our veterans and military families who may need assistance with their utility bills, in appreciation for their service to our country," said VanBuren. The special program is offered through Central Hudson's Good Neighbor Fund, which provides a 'last resort' grant to help pay the energy bills of customers who have exhausted all other forms of public and private assistance. It is funded by customer contributions, matched by Central Hudson, and administered by local chapters of The Salvation Army.

Certain requirements under the Good Neighbor Fund will be waived for eligible veterans and active duty military personnel for the special grant, which will be applied towards their Central Hudson account. Regular grants are also available for qualified military customers through the Good Neighbor Fund. For both the special and regular grants, all other forms of assistance must have been applied for before an application can be made.

"We're proud to honor all our military customers, and hope this special grant expresses our gratitude for their service and sacrifice," said VanBuren. "We are grateful to the customers who support our Good Neighbor Fund all year long. We hope more of our neighbors may even do so this year as an expression of appreciation to those who have worn the uniform of our nation and who may be struggling with utility bills."

For more information about the Good Neighbor Fund and special benefits, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community/GoodNeighbor.

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