heating Schumer calls for more federal heating aid for New Yorkers By Ryan Delaney • Jan 9, 2014 Erin Gardner With New Yorkers dealing with an extremely cold start to the new year, Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for more federal heating aid to be made available. Schools and businesses throughout northern New York were closed Tuesday and Wednesday, after storms dropped nearly three feet of snow in Watertown and the surrounding towns. The heavy snowfall was accompanied by wind chill temperatures that approached -30 degrees. Expect a higher heating bill this winter By Kate O'Connell • Oct 22, 2012 Paul Hudson / Flickr A return to normal winter weather means New Yorkers can expect to see a rise in their heating bills. Those using natural gas to heat their homes will see higher bills despite a 12 percent drop in pricing.