Issues: Electricity

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

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.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright Call on LIPA To Begin The Economic Feasibility Study Of Port Jefferson Power Plant

Port Jefferson, March 21, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright today called upon LIPA to establish a schedule for a previously committed to Economic Feasibility Study concerning the repowering of the Port Jefferson Power Plant.

March 21, 2014
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With Electricity Bills Soaring, Senator Kennedy Pushes for Independent Watchdog to Protect Western New York Utility Consumers

Residential utility customers in New York pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation – over 50 percent higher than the national average.

Kennedy pushes legislation that will ensure homeowners and small businesses have a strong voice and forceful advocate fighting for them during rate-setting proceedings.

Kennedy: As electricity bills surge ever higher, New York needs a Utility Consumer Advocate fighting hard every day to protect the interests of working families, senior citizens and small businesses.

March 8, 2014
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Joint statement from Senator Maziarz and IBEW Local 97 President Ted Skerpon on transmission system upgrades

Starting with the New York State Transmission and Reliability Study (STARS) that identified significant bottlenecks in our transmission infrastructure back in 2010, policymakers and the public alike have become very aware of the significant and persistent problems that an aging and inefficient transmission system has created.  Make no mistake—these negative consequences affect each and every New Yorker.  

February 20, 2014
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RITCHIE ENLISTS STATE LEADER’S SUPPORT FOR POWER PLANT UPGRADES TIED TO FUTURE OF PSYCH CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie Tuesday led a tour of an Ogdensburg energy plant that’s poised for millions of dollars in upgrades and improvements that could help create and protect hundreds of North Country jobs.

Senator Ritchie invited her colleague, Senate Energy Committee Chair George Maziarz of Western New York, to join her and local officials, including Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson and representatives of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, on the tour of the Alliance Energy facility located on the grounds of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center.

Senator Ritchie also serves on the Energy Committee.

November 12, 2013
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One Year After Sandy: Bronx Lawmakers Celebrate Re-Opening of Tony’s Pier Restaurant

CITY ISLAND, NY – Standing at the far end of City Island, elected officials, members of the City Island business community and the owners of Tony’s Pier, came together to celebrate its re-opening a year after a fire consumed the entire restaurant during the height of Superstorm Sandy.

At the press conference, Senator Jeff Klein, joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assemblyman Mike Benedetto and members of the City Island Chamber of Commerce highlighted the progress made following Superstorm Sandy, while noting there is more work to be done.

October 29, 2013
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RITCHIE TOURS REENERGY BLACK RIVER

State Senator Patty Ritchie toured ReEnergy Black River Tuesday, a former coal burning plant that was recently converted to a biomass facility.

Located on Fort Drum, ReEngery Black River produces approximately 422,000 net MWh of electricity each year, which is enough to supply the power needs of about 55,000 homes.  

September 24, 2013
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Seward Lights Up Downtown Oneonta

ONEONTA, 09/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will fund a major streetlight replacement project in downtown Oneonta. 

“The City of Oneonta is in the midst of a complete downtown renaissance – new merchants, new residents, new storefronts and new infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant will assist in the redevelopment and translates to a greener downtown through energy efficiencies and cost savings.” 

September 20, 2013
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O'Brien applauds innovative tax cut plan in Unshackle Upstate's "New Economic Revitalization Agenda"

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien expressed his support today for a broad range of tax relief proposals for Upstate New York detailed in Unshackle Upstate’s "New ERA" (Economical Revitalization Agenda) plan. The plan aims to energize the upstate economy and significantly relieve the tax burden on middle and working class families and small businesses.

September 3, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR SIGNING OF UTILITY RESTRUCTURING LEGISLATION

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as the Governor signed legislation that dramatically revamps the electric utility on Long Island. The legislation privatizes utility operations on Long Island, improves customer service, including stabilizing rates and enhancing emergency response and preparation; reduces the cost of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) debt; and implements tough state oversight for the new utility company. It also achieves savings to allow the new utility to seek a rate freeze for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

August 13, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GALLIVAN’S BILL TO EASE COST BURDEN ON HIGH-TECH AGRICULTURE

Clarifications To Tax Law Will Ensure Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters Qualify For Existing Agriculture Property Tax Benefits

Wyoming County Is Currently Home To Six Digesters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S 4770-A –Gallivan) to ensure that anaerobic digesters, or bio-digesters, are properly classified as agricultural facilities for property tax assessment purposes.

August 2, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Restructuring Utility Operations On Long Island

Privatized Utility System Will Focus on High Performance under Strengthened State OversightGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that dramatically revamps the electric utility on Long Island. The legislation privatizes utility operations on Long Island, improves customer service, including stabilizing rates and enhancing emergency response and preparation; reduces the cost of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) debt; and implements tough state oversight for the new utility company. It also achieves savings to allow the new utility to seek a rate freeze for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

July 30, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO RESTRUCTURE UTILITY OPERATIONS ON LONG ISLAND

Privatized Utility System Will Focus on High Performance under Strengthened State Oversight

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he supported that dramatically revamps the electric utility on Long Island has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation privatizes utility operations on Long Island, improves customer service, including stabilizing rates and enhancing emergency response and preparation; reduces the cost of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) debt; and implements tough state oversight for the new utility company. It also achieves savings to allow the new utility to seek a rate freeze for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

July 29, 2013
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A BRIGHT IDEA! SANDY CREEK HONORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented an official Senate Resolution to the Sandy Creek Central School District this week, congratulating the district on being named being named one of the top five “Energy STAR” schools in Central New York.

The Sandy Creek Central School District was named an “Energy STAR” school for improving its energy performance, managing energy strategically across the district and making cost-effective, energy-saving improvements. 

July 12, 2013
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LIPA Urges Customers with Special Medical Needs to Enroll in Critical Care Program

Uniondale, NY - With June marking the official start of the hurricane season, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) wants to remind all customers who rely on electricity to power life-supporting equipment in their homes to register with LIPA’s Critical Care Program.

June 18, 2013
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Senator O'Brien speaks out against plan to increase energy costs for upstate ratepayers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien and business leaders stood together today to send a clear message that upstate homeowners and small businesses should not be forced to pay $200 million to replace a downstate power plant that is of no benefit to local energy consumers.

April 5, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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Sen. Malcolm Smith Secures Inclusion of Microgrid Study in the State Budget

(Albany, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), Chairman of the Independent Democratic Conference and Co-Chairman of the Hurricane Sandy Task Force, today secured a provision in the budget which calls on the New York State Energy Research And Development Authority to conduct a study and develop recommendations for the establishment of strong utility "microgrids" in New York.

March 26, 2013
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Senator Maziarz cheers National Grid rate decrease

Senator Maziarz is pleased to learn that the New York State Public Service Commission recently adopted a three-year rate plan for National Grid electric and natural gas that will reduce rates for upstate operations, with customers expecting to see lower bills next month. The significant savings to customers comes largely from the expiration of a $190 million surcharge called the competitive transition charge. The continued necessity of this charge was an issue first raised by Senator Maziarz at a hearing three years ago.

March 25, 2013
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