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 Stewart-Cousins got to see the green results - the new green roof on St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers on Wednesday, September 10th. 24,000 square feet or 70% of the asphalt roof was removed and replaced with green, grassy plants. The plants capture and recycle the rainwater, removing it from the stormwater runoff that would end up in the Hudson River below. And the green roof also helps the hospital improve its energy-efficiency in terms of heating and cooling needs. A nearly million dollar state grant, through the Regional Economic Development Council and the State's Environmental Facilities Corporation, made the project possible.
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.
New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio and State Assemblyman Bob Oaks joined together to call on the area's Federal Representatives to oppose plans changing the way Lake Ontario water levels are regulated. These changes will result in establishing a manmade disaster of catastrophic economic impact to Wayne County and the entire northern tier of New York State.
Albany- Today Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) were joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and a host of community activists near the Jerome Park Reservoir to introduce new legislation intent on designating Jerome Park as parkland of the city of New York. The bills, A.9681 and S.7467, would set in motion a public process by which most or all of what is known as Jerome Park can either become designated as park lands or lands that can be readily accessible to the general public for recreational use. The space could also be used as an urban wildlife or nature sanctuary.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Hickville Water District Board of Water Commissioners for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of renovations of Plant #6 on Kuhl Avenue. This renovation is part of the district’s major capital investment plan to improve services for local residents and businesses. The District has provided Service to Hicksville community for over 92 years. Tests several years ago showed that nitrate levels in wells were rising. This plant has the capability to remove excess nitrates in the water supply. Construction on facility started in 2011 and came in under budget.
The Senate Local Government Committee moved legislation (S.5018) out of committee that is sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) which will require municipalities to use arbitration when disputes over water rates occur between those municipalities.
The bill states that arbitration must be included in the contracts between two or more municipalities that share a common water supply when they cannot come to an agreement on the water rates one municipality is charging the other.
The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.
“Extending this surcharge will cost ratepayers almost $3 billion. Small businesses, working families and seniors, all struggling to keep up with high energy costs, cannot afford this burdensome utility tax any longer,” said Senator Gallivan. “Allowing the 18-a assessment surcharge to expire will also help to create jobs and make New York more economically competitive.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.
Highlights of the Executive Budget:
· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.
· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an Executive Order to establish a commission under the Moreland Act that will investigate the response, preparation, and management of New York’s power utility companies with major storms hitting the state over the past two years, including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.
The Commission will be tasked to undertake a thorough review of all actions taken by the power companies before and after these emergencies, and make specific recommendations to reform and modernize oversight, regulation and management of New York's power delivery services.
STONY POINT, NY – Three New York State Senators today held a public hearing to gauge answers from a company, Transmission Developers, Inc., who is developing the Champlain Hudson Power Express – a project designed to deliver clean wind and hydro power to the New York metropolitan area.
At a press conference shortly before the scheduled public hearing that was held in the afternoon, the bi-partisan delegation spoke about what they hoped to learn from the 4-hour Q&A session, listening to both proponents of the plan and giving residents a chance to voice their concerns.
New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement regarding breaking reports that Governor Cuomo’s administration is extending the review process scrutinizing hydrofracking, a dangerous drilling procedure that poses significant risks to the environment and the drinking water supply.
Will Help Support Economic Development, Job Growth in the North Country
State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s authorization of a low-cost power supply contract that will help business owners cut down on expenses, create jobs and support economic growth in St. Lawrence County.
Queens, NY, May 29, 2012 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (at right), and State Senator Tony Avella (middle) share a moment with actor and activist Mark Ruf...falo (at left) to discuss the issue of hydrofracking, the controversial process of drilling for natural gas upstate using water and chemicals. All three have voiced their opposition to the process. Ruffalo currently plays the role of the Hulk in the megahit summer blockbuster movie, The Avengers. Follow Senator Addabbo online at http://firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at 'Senator Joe Addabbo'.# # #-- Judy Close, Press SecretaryNYS Senator Joseph P.