Issues: Energy

Power line upgrades must move forward, Senator Maziarz says

People use electricity in their homes and businesses every day and, since electrical power has been available to most of us for our entire lives, we also tend to take it for granted. Most people only think about the energy that powers their home once a month when they pay their utility bills, and in that case their typical question is, “why is my bill so high?”

January 22, 2014
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STATEMENT ON ALCOA JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

I was shocked and deeply disappointed by Alcoa’s surprise announcement of job reductions at Massena’s East plant.

Here in the North Country, we’re working every day to try to preserve and create jobs for our communities. That’s why, upon hearing this news, I immediately reached out to local and state officials, and the Governor, to try to find ways we can work together to preserve these jobs.

January 16, 2014
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Senator Griffo Statement on Alcoa Announcement

"I’m disappointed to hear of Alcoa’s decision to close its remaining two potlines at the East Plant earlier than originally planned. My hope is that the company takes advantage of state and federal programs to help its affected workers transition to new jobs within or outside the organization. My office stands ready to assist anyone who is left without adequate employment as a result of this decision.

January 15, 2014
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Why Gov. Andrew Cuomo Needs Upstate New York

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

January 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM, updated January 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Albany, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't need to win over Upstate New York to win re-election.

But his ability to establish a long-term turnaround for Upstate's struggling economy is important resume material for Cuomo's potential candidacy on the national stage.

January 13, 2014
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Yes, Governor Cuomo, let's end the 18-a utility tax ASAP

Statement from Senator George Maziarz:  "Putting an end to the 18-a utility surcharge cannot come quickly enough.  I have been banging this drum louder than anyone else since 2009 when this tax was foolishly created to support bloated state spending.

January 7, 2014
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Maziarz bill to audit relicensing beneficiaries becomes law

Governor Cuomo has signed into law Senate Bill 4948A, which directs the New York Power Authority to conduct audits of entities that receive power allocations or monetary payments associated with the federal relicensing agreement.  All beneficiaries of power or money associate with these agreements are required to fully cooperate and once the audit is complete, NYPA is then required to report their finding to the Governor and Legislature.

December 19, 2013
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Repowering of Dunkirk Announced

For Release: Immediate, December 15, 2013

DUNKIRK – State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) today enthusiastically cheered the announced repowering of the NRG coal-fired plant to a clean, natural gas electricity generating facility.

“It’s a Christmas miracle. Everyone is bursting with joy because Governor Cuomo’s announcement is the best gift ever for the greater Dunkirk community. Not only has Dunkirk been saved from disaster, but we have a bright future now,” Senator Young said.

December 17, 2013
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Seward Lends Hand To Phoenicia Library

PHOENICIA, 12/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a $20,000 state grant to assist with reconstruction and expansion of the Phoenicia Library. 

“Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with the Phoenicia Library and the many area donors to help rebuild and expand this indispensable local resource.” 

December 6, 2013
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PSC puts Maziarz bill into practice

On May 29, 2013 the Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Maziarz, that exempts electric car charging stations from being regulated as an electric corporation by the PSC. This legislation however was not passed by the Assembly. Last week, the PSC announced that it does not have jurisdiction over these publicly available stations, putting into practice the previously passed Senate legislation.

November 25, 2013
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$4.8 Million Awarded for Projects to Develop Advanced Technologies for More Energy Efficient Buildings

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy.

Today’s announcement is the second of six rounds of funding under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Advanced Buildings Program, which will provide a total of $25 million over the next three years. NYSERDA is partnering with manufacturers, research scientists, building owners and property managers interested in developing and applying new and emerging energy-efficient technologies that offer improved energy and environmental performance.

November 20, 2013
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NY SENATE TO CONVENE MASSIVE CYBERSECURITY HEARING IN ROME

ROME - Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.

“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”

November 15, 2013
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Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Opens November 18

Households across the state can begin applying for heating assistance this winter through New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) on Monday, November 18. HEAP, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), is a federally-funded program that provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.

November 14, 2013
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Improving Home Energy Efficiency

Senator Young encourages families to take actions to enhance comfort and reduce energy costs

ALBANY— Snowy weather and brisk winds have already begun their annual journey across New York State’s landscape. It’s the beginning of a season where homes require greater energy consumption, and that means higher costs paid by families to heat their homes.

November 13, 2013
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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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GALLIVAN INVITES LANCASTER AREA BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE PART IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT

New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development, announced today that he is partnering with the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Small Business Summit for business owners, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs from Lancaster and surrounding communities.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, December 5th from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at the headquarters of Try-It Distributing, 4155 Walden Avenue in Lancaster.

The program will feature an update on small business and economic growth initiatives being undertaken by Senator Gallivan in Albany and a presentation by professional business development consultant Frank Swiatek entitled “What Businesses Can Do For Themselves.”

November 8, 2013
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Governor Announces Receives $2.4 Million Federal Grant to Lower Cost of Installing Solar

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has won a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award to support NYSolar Smart, a project to streamline the solar installation process in the state and lower the cost of solar using innovative financing mechanisms and information technology (IT) solutions, which was developed by the City University of New York (CUNY) under the Governor’s NY-Sun initiative.

November 7, 2013
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Power Vista welcomes its 7 millionth visitor

The Power Vista--the visitor center for the Niagara Power Project--welcomed its 7 millionth visitor yesterday!  The popular facility opened 50 years ago in 1963 and is free to the public.  Senator Maziarz was on hand for the celebration.

October 29, 2013
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RITCHIE TOURS REENERGY BIOMASS FACILITY AS PART OF “NATIONAL BIOENERGY DAY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently toured the ReEnergy biomass facility in Lyons Falls as part of “National Bioenergy Day”

October 23, 2013
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Presentation on Frackonomics: Debunking the Financial Myths of Fracking

On October 3, 2013, at Manhattan's SVA Theatre, I hosted a presentation by Energy Policy Forum founder Deborah Rogers on Frackonomics: Debunking the Financial Myths of Fracking. Click play to see the event in its entirety.

October 18, 2013
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