WOODBURY - ? Officials say Congress has extended funding for the low-income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Long Islanders feared that the program would run out of cash next month, and they would be left in the cold this winter.

The Senate and the House approved $5.1 billion for HEAP.

The move allows New York to keep paying heating bills for more than 60,000 people.

Thousands on LI could lose their heat without HEAP