Gov. Kathy Hochul quietly snuck a proposal to outlaw new gas stoves into the “New York Housing Compact” she unveiled during her State of the State speech Tuesday — urging people to ditch their kitchens’ gas grills and go electric.
The ban would affect old-timers and millennials who are obsessed with cast-iron pans, which are tricky to use on electric stoves.
“This is plain stupid,” said a 70-year-old resident of Sea Gate, Brooklyn, who gave his name as Victor K. “We lost electricity before, during Hurricane Sandy. The only thing we had to heat up our food was gas. What if that happens again?”
Hochul’s plan would ban gas stoves, hot water heaters and oil furnaces in both new home and commercial construction by the end of the decade.
“If gas stoves get banned, I want a house with a fire pit and cast-iron cauldron,” one Twitter user joked. “Electric cooking is not the way.”