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Help for NYers' home heating costs?

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer says he's asking the federal government to immediately release more than $35 million to subsidize home heating for New Yorkers affected by a run of frigid weather.

Schumer says some money from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is currently being held back. He says that as of November, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services only obligated $316 million of the $351 million available for state residents this winter.

With cold weather across the state, he says the money should be released now.

The funds are intended to help seniors and families with someone disabled or children under age six.

He's also calling for higher appropriations, saying funds have declined from $4.7 billion in 2011 to only $3.25 billion in 2013, with New York's share decreasing from $522 million to $351 million.

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