Astoria, Queens—State Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) commended state utilities regulators for granting approval for the construction of a $1.4 billion power plant in Astoria along the East River. The new plant will reduce toxic emissions at the site by more than 85% by replacing an older, less-efficient and dirtier plant.
“Western Queens residents can breathe a little easier today,” stated Senator Michael Gianaris. “We bear more than our fair share of the burden for producing New York’s electricity. Anytime we replace an old, dirty generator with a newer, cleaner one is a significant step in the right direction.”
RG&E Partners With Foodlink to Help Keep Winter Winds at Bay
Rochester, NY – RG&E will hand out reusable grocery bags filled with easy-to-install weatherization supplies at seven upcoming food distributions hosted by Foodlink. The supplies will include an insulation kit for three windows, a roll of weather stripping for sealing windows and doors, and 10 switch/outlet sealers.
RG&E representatives will also be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), RG&E’s new Energy Assistance Program for low income customers and how to use energy wisely.
Elected officials are trying to find a tougher way to punish bad landlords who don’t provide heat to their tenants.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Senator Liz Krueger from Manhattan and members of the New York City Council are bringing awareness to the fact that many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.
They vowed to take necessary steps to ensure negligent landlords are compelled by harsher penalties and increased enforcement.
You know that broken iPod you’ve got sitting around? Those busted flip phones, or that laptop with the hole in the screen?(How on Earth did that get there?) Well they’ve all got batteries in ‘em and those batteries are no good for mother nature. Thanks to new legislation, signed yesterday by Gov. David Paterson and sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, electronics manufacturers will be required under state law to work with retailers to set up convenient recycling programs for those sorts of batteries. The goal is to keep those toxic batteries out of landfills.
The Long Island Power Authority has overspent its storm-repair budget by hundreds of millions of dollars since 2001 and needs better planning to reduce the cost to consumers, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Thursday.
ONEONTA, 12/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is again calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full, open review of proposed outdoor wood boiler (OWB) regulations.
“Energy costs are rising on a daily basis and upstate homeowners and farmers struggling to make ends meet are constantly searching for economical and environmentally sound methods to keep expenses in check,” said Senator Seward. “I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s efforts in revising outdoor wood boiler regulations but local concerns have not been adequately addressed.”
NEW YORK—The governor is between a rock and a hard place—some would say, between big money and clean water.
On Saturday, Governor Paterson opened up what environmental advocacy groups are calling the “Paterson loophole” to companies wanting to expand their hydro-fracking activity. Hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking, involves pumping a solution of water, sand, and a relatively small portion of toxic chemicals (0.5 percent) into the ground to bust through shale for the prized natural gas within. Many worry about contamination of the watershed that services all of New York City.
“The legislature can be proud of themselves,” declared State Senator Liz Krueger at a gathering in front of the governor’s office at 633 Third Ave. on Monday.
Elected officials plan this week to redouble efforts to toughen penalties on landlords who violate city heat laws, breaking the economic incentive for building owners to withhold heat and hot water from tenants.
Officials confirmed Tuesday that the measure—targeting repeat and long-time offenders—has the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, giving the chances of passage a boost.
More than 114,000 New Yorkers filed complaints with the city about a lack of heat or hot water during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Such complaints have fluctuated between about 111,000 and 128,000 in recent years.
While I am glad that Governor Paterson has recognized the severity of this situation, I am disappointed that he has decided to veto such important legislation and has instead opted for a scenario that creates an easily exploitable loophole. The fact is that this legislation was drafted in a very specific manner to ensure that we put a temporary hold on all drilling that could do irreparable harm to areas of the State of New York. The Executive Order the Governor signed gives us some delay on some types of drilling, but it still leaves the State of New York vulnerable to overzealous gas companies who wish to make up for the ban on horizontal drilling by increasing the number of vertical drills.
Unrestricted hydrofracking activity will create a clear, present, and potentially permanent danger to the health and safety of millions of New Yorkers. Much of the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and New York City draw their water from areas that will not be fully protected by the Governor’s Executive Order. Allowing the special interest influence of the few to outweigh the public safety interests of so many is disappointing.
Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council to bring awareness to the fact that far too many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.
Senator Krueger and Public Advocate de Blasio have vowed to work together to bring more attention to this matter and ensure that the necessary steps are taken so that landlords no longer have the financial incentives to break the law.
If there are glimmers of recovery in New York’s economic outlook, Buffalonians aren’t seeing them. Approximately 43,700 Buffalo Niagara residents were unemployed in September, many of them among the ranks of the long-term jobless.
But now, some hope! Recently, New York State Assembly members approved “on-bill recovery,” an energy efficiency financing tool that will help create 60,000 new jobs across the state. The Senate now returns to Albany and it must act in a bipartisan fashion to pass this important legislation.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that that Verizon has been awarded a low-cost hydropower power allocation of 25 megawatts as an incentive to construct a multi-billion dollar data center in the Town of Somerset.
(Albany) - Citing the free-spending ways of National Grid’s top executives and contrasting that to the desperate plight of working families across the 47th District, Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called upon the state Public Service Commission to reject the utility’s request for a $296 million increase in electric rates.
The Senate Energy Committee, of which Griffo is the Ranking Minority member, held a hearing this morning on the proposal. Griffo pointedly questioned National Grid executives and representatives of the PSC who were there to give testimony.
The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, today announced that his committee held a successful hearing in Albany today to investigate reports of lavish expenditures and questionable accounting practices at National Grid, which is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission for a $400 million rate hike.