Issues: Energy

GALLIVAN’S REGULATORY REFORM PUSH CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE

Two Wyoming County Farmers Travel to Watertown to Testify Before Senate Panel at Agriculture Forum

September 26, 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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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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Public Hearing: To examine and analyze the plans, contentions and arguments put forward in relation to the Indian Point Contingency proceeding being conducted by the New York State Public Service Commission

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzPublic Hearing: To examine and analyze the plans, contentions and arguments put forward in relation to the Indian Point Contingency proceeding being conducted by the New York State Public Service CommissionPlace: 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2286Media Contact: Kate Alexander (716) 434-0680ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 30, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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 Kevin Parker Holds ‘Going Green, Let’s Conserve’ Day!

(Brooklyn, NY)  Today, Senator Kevin Parker held ‘Going Green, Let’s Conserve’ Day on Friday at his district office. Event partners such as Con Edison, National Grid and NYSERDA provided free energy efficient lightbulbs and tips on saving energy and reducing electric bills.

“The goal of my summer event series is to provide our community with convenient free services that will help our neighborhood grow stronger in every way,” Senator Parker said. “’Going Green, Let’s Conserve’ Day is also about showing Central Brooklyn residents what we can do at home to protect the environment and lower our greenhouse gas footprint.”

The event included presentations and workshops including:

August 5, 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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New SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering Facility

Today, I had the privilege of joining Lt. Governor Duffy and other local leaders in announcing that the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering will be opening a solar manufacturing and technology development facility in the Town of Greece. SUNY CSNE will invest $100 million in to this one-of-a-kind project by transforming an empty 57,000 square foot facility, formerly used by Kodak, and will create 100 jobs for our community.

July 17, 2013
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Senator Young Announces Bus Shuttles to NRG Hearing for Dunkirk Residents

Urges Concerned Citizens to Utilize Shuttles and Come to Public Hearing at SUNY Fredonia

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C - Olean) has announced that a free shuttle service will be provided beginning at 5:30 p.m. to SUNY Fredonia’s Williams Center and back so that local residents, especially senior citizens, will have transportation to and from the (PSC) hearing on Monday, July 15.

SUNY Fredonia also will have parking available for attendees who wish to drive their own vehicles.

July 12, 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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Senator Carlucci Announces Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Workshop

NEW CITY  – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) will host a Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Workshop to offer residents tips on how to conserve energy and save money on their homes.  The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.  Experts will discuss a number of ways in which homeowners can conduct energy audits, learn about its environmental benefits, green building design and construction, and more. 

July 9, 2013
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ROCHESTER AREA BUSINESSES JOIN SENATOR GALLIVAN FOR BUSINESS SUMMIT AT RIT

Small Businesses From Across Monroe and Livingston Counties Hear Discussions From WNY State Senator And Small Business Development Experts At RIT’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability

HENRIETTA, NY – More than 50 area employers turned out Thursday morning for New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s (R-C-I, 59th District) Small Business Summit at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) state-of-art Golisano Institute of Sustainability in Henrietta. RIT sponsored the event in partnership with the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce and the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce.

June 28, 2013
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Senator Young Announces Public Service Commission to Hold Public Hearing on NRG Repowering

Urges All Concerned Citizens to Attend Public Hearing at SUNY Fredonia on July 15 at 6:00PM

Saying it is “a great victory for taxpayers and the community,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that concerned citizens will be granted the opportunity to have their voices heard about the future of the NRG power plant during a public hearing at SUNY Fredonia about the competing NRG and National Grid proposals currently under review by the Public Service Commission.

June 28, 2013
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Public Hearing: EVENT IS POSTPONED - To examine and analyze the plans, contentions and arguments put forward in relation to the Indian Point Contingency proceedings being conducted by the New York State Public Service Commission and to determine the impacts

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Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzPublic Hearing: To examine and analyze the plans, contentions and arguments putforward in relation to the Indian Point Contingency proceedings beingconducted by the New York State Public Service Commission and todetermine the impacts of potential outcomes on the state’s environmentand particularly air quality, as well as ratepayer costs, reliability andcompetitive markets.Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2286Media Contact: Kate Alexander (716) 434-0680ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

July 22, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Gianaris Touts Environmental Initiatives on Earth Day

(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris announced the passage of a bill which would establish incentives for investments in solar energy and applauded Mayor Michael Bloomberg for announcing the largest expansion of New York City’s Recycling Program in 25 years. Senator Gianaris noted that environmental activists had reason to cheer this week as the country celebrated Earth Day on Monday April 22nd and New York, on both the city and state levels, took real steps forward in going green.

June 26, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair Wednesday, June 19, 2013 OFF THE FLOOR

June 19, 1:00 PM - 1:28 PM
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SENATOR GALLIVAN LEADS MAJOR BI-PARTISAN INITIATIVE TO CUT RED TAPE AND ELIMINATE BURDENSOME STATE REGULATIONS

Berger Commission-Style Panel To Make Binding Recommendations

Regulatory Reform Bills Pass Senate On Monday

ALBANY - The New York State Senate acted Monday on 14 regulatory reform bills as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 11, 2013
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