Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) following today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo:
Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban exploration of our natural gas resources is a punch in the gut to the Southern Tier. The governor has a moral obligation to explain to the people of our region how he will alleviate rural poverty. Families desperately need jobs and economic opportunity, not government handouts. Our young people are leaving in droves because they feel they don’t have a future here. Our rural communities are dying a slow, painful, poverty-stricken death and hope is scarce.
"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said. "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.
ROME – Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joseph A. Griffo recently wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expressing concerns about the environmental and economic impact of a proposed hydropower project at the Delta Dam.
The City of Watervliet is proposing to build a $12 million, 7.4 megawatt hydroelectric plant at the dam, which is now more than a century old. The proposal includes a 9,920 horsepower turbine and a 17,000 foot underground cable extension to the National Grid substation in Rome.
Senator Bonacic presented opening remarks at the Sullivan County Get-Set Energy Symposium in Loch Sheldrake on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. This event, organized by RUPCO, an independent contractor for NYSERDA, includes organizations that are working to promote products or services related to energy efficiency, sustainable construction, or alternative energy. Senator Bonacic visited with the many vendors who exhibited their “energy smart” products and services, and congratulated all those who put this event together.
Public Service Commission to Meet October 23 to Review Repowering Pipeline
With radical outside groups trying to derail the NRG repowering project, Senator Catharine Young is urging the community to come together once again to save our schools, city, and taxpayers. A Public Service Commission (PSC) forum will be held on the gas pipeline that will service the repowered NRG plant in Dunkirk, and taxpayers and residents are urged to show up and show their strong support for repowering.
New York finds itself at a crossroads. We know that, with the technology and engineering methods currently in use, fracking is inherently dangerous and would result in irreversible harm to New Yorkers; health, our natural resources and our billion-dollar agricultural industry.
Yet the Cuomo administration is still officially reviewing how fracking impacts people’s health.
The state’s highest court recently upheld the rights of cities and towns to ban fracking within their borders. This is a step in the right direction, but pollutants caused by fracking will not conform to municipal boundaries. As elected officials, it is our job to weigh the facts and science, and then act to protect New Yorkers.
It is time for both houses of the state Legislature to pass a bill banning fracking — and for Gov. Cuomo to sign it.
Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing. Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking.
I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.
ONEONTA, 06/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cobleskill’s energy savings project.
“SUNY Cobleskill offers innovative student programs on a campus that is continually evolving to meet changing needs,” said Senator Seward. “This funding will help the school go even further by backing new green energy improvements that will lead to a more efficient, environmentally friendly campus – saving money and our natural resources.”
Today we announced the completion of an expansion project by Diversified Manufacturing, a manufacturing and engineering services firm in Lockport, which will facilitate the retention of 130 jobs. The nearly $5 million project was supported by $450,000 in funding from the New York Power Authority (NYPA).Diversified Manufacturing, which provides a full range of engineering services for the power generation, aerospace, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, among other industries, completed a 45,000-square-foot high bay addition to its 120,000-square-foot Lockport plant.
Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.
-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.
Senator George Maziarz (R-I-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, expressed outrage and disbelief at the revelations from yesterday’s meeting of the Public Service Commission (PSC) suggesting that the commission has failed to properly monitor the collection of taxes from the onerous 18-a surcharge, allowing ratepayers to be overcharged by $250 million.
Public Service Commission Approves Repowering Proposal
ALBANY – Citing the “quadfecta of benefits,” PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman led the unanimous Public Service Commissioners’ vote of approval today to repower the coal-fired Dunkirk NRG plant into a clean, environmentally-friendly 435 megawatt natural gas facility.
The project’s green light by the regulatory agency caps a several year long struggle to gain support to save the generator from closing.
State Senator Patty Ritchie beat back a challenge by downstate nuclear power opponents and won final legislative passage of her bill allowing Oswego County to continue to negotiate tax agreements with the operators of three nuclear power plants, helping to stabilize local government finances and protect jobs at some of the region’s biggest employers.
CATSKILL — In a letter last week, New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk urged senate leaders to take action against a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is raising utility rates in the Hudson Valley this month.
The decision, made in August 2013, created a “new capacity zone” for wholesale energy pricing that groups Hudson Valley counties, including Greene, with New York City counties. The change took effect May 1 and is expected to raise local electric prices by six to 10 percent a year, according to a press release from Tkaczyk’s office.