The news had reported that CITGO was discontinuing the Heating Assistance in Oil Program that they had initiated due to the economic situation in Venezuela and the sharp drop in the price of crude oil. However, today we received this press release from Congressman Serrano’s office that we wanted to share with our readers. The Bronx has several programs that receive discounted oil from CITGO.
Congressman José E. Serrano
Representing the Sixteenth District of New York
Serrano Announces Discounted Heating Oil Program to Continue in 2009
January 7, 2009 – Washington, DC – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano received word from Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez that the discounted home heating oil program that CITGO sponsors in the Bronx and other disadvantaged communities would continue in 2009.
“I received the news that the heating oil program would continue with great relief,” Serrano said. “Since we first unveiled the pilot program in 2005, thousands of people in my community and across the nation have saved significant money on their home heating bills. We have been grateful for that benefit, and are pleased to hear that it will continue this year, despite the drop in crude oil prices.
“As before, the program in the Bronx, which benefits mostly non-profit housing associations, will be run by Citizens’ Energy under the leadership of its founder, Joe P. Kennedy II. I also spoke with Joe Kennedy today, and he assured me that they will be able to continue servicing all the people and communities as before through this vital program.
“I applaud CITGO for their good corporate citizenship; helping the communities where they make their money. I also thank Joe Kennedy and Citizens Energy for their great work helping families across the nation with their heating bills these past years. Both these organizations are truly aiding people struggling in these tough economic times.”