Issues: Energy

Seward & Butler Check On New Technology In Frankfort

The Evening Times

By Rob Juteau

Frankfort, N.Y. - More than a year after announcing that they would be taking the light bulb to the next level with the creation of a division focused on developing light-emitting diodes, officials at Fiberdyne Labs welcomed state Senator James Seward and state Assemblyman Marc Butler to their location in the Frankfort 5S North Business Park Tuesday for an inspection of sorts.

August 26, 2009
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Senator Valesky announces $159,000 in funding for alternative energy projects

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), announced two legislative initiatives that will fund alternative energy projects in Central New York.

“These projects represent a wise investment in the future of Upstate New York,” Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore said. “Developing technology and delivery of alternative energy sources will provide environmental and economic benefits to all of New York State.”

August 24, 2009
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Utility Tax Another Burden on New York State Residents

All across the state, New Yorkers have just received an unwelcome notice in their monthly utility bills, regarding a new State Assessment Fee. The notice cited a new law that took effect on July 1, 2009, requiring utility companies to collect a special fee from all customers.

August 18, 2009
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Media Advisory: Select Committee holds roundtable on modernizing New York State's telecommunications taxes

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 13 th , 2009 Contact: Kyle Sklerov (w) 212.490.9535 (f) 212.490.2151 (c) 914.772.1589

            Senator Krueger Holds Roundtable Discussion on Modernizing the State’s Telecommunications Tax System

August 13, 2009
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Testimony from Aug. 12 roundtable on modernizing New York State's telecommunications taxes

On Aug. 12, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a roundtable in Albany on modernizing New York State's telecommunications taxes. The Select Committee discussed this issue with nine telecommunications tax policy experts from around the country.

Below are links for the written testimony some experts submitted to the Select Committee for the roundtable. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing key findings and conclusions from information gathered during the roundtable.

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Testimony from Stephen Kranz of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

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Testimony from Scott Mackey of Kimbell Sherman Ellis LLP (forVerizon/Verizon Wireless/AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile)

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Supplemental materials from Scott Mackey of Kimbell Sherman Ellis LLP (forVerizon/Verizon Wireless/AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile)

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Testimony from Robert Puckett of the New York State Telecommunications Association

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Testimony from Louis Manuta of the Punblic Utility Law Project of New York

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Testimony from Eric Tresh of Sutherlan Asbill & Brennan LLP (for the Cable Telecommunications Association of New York)

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Written testimony from Jeremy Kudon for DISH Network and DirectTV

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Oral testimony from Jeremy Kudon for DISH Network and DirectTV

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Supplemental information from Jeremy Kudon for DISH Network and DirectTV

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Supplemental information from from Jeremy Kudon for DISH Network and DirectTV

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Supplemental information from Jeremy Kudon for DISH Network and DirectTV

August 13, 2009
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Senator Krueger Holds Roundtable Discussion on Modernizing the State’s Telecommunications Tax System

Albany- Several tax policy experts from around the country came to Albany Wednesday, August 12, to discuss with Senator Liz Krueger and her Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform ways to bring New York State’s telecommunications taxes into the 21st century.

August 13, 2009
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New York Division of Housing and Community Renewal Issues RFP for Temporary Subgrantees Under Weatherization Assistance Program

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for weatherization assistance grants, announced Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck).

August 12, 2009
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SIGN SENATOR RANZENHOFER'S ONLINE PETITION TO REPEAL THE 2% STATE ASSESSMENT FEE ON TOP OF YOUR MONTHLY UTILITY BILLS

Click here to sign Senator Ranzenhofer's online petition: http://www.senatorranzenhofer.com

Starting July 1st, individuals and businesses will have to pay a 2% State Assessment Fee on top of their monthly utility bills as part of the 2009-10 New York State Budget. In response to the outrageous tax increase on energy, Senator Ranzenhofer is calling upon State leaders to repeal this onerous tax. 

 

 

August 11, 2009
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Public Hearing: Roundtable on modernizing New York States telecommunications taxes

Technological advances in the telecommunications industry continue to outpace New York State’s attempts to tax service providers in an equitable way. New media is emerging and broadening its base at a rapid pace, and traditional media is just as quickly expanding its service portfolio. The state’s telecom taxes, like the industry to which they apply, have evolved.

August 12, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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SENATOR MAZIARZ DECRIES LATEST LEGISLATIVE EFFORT TO UNDERMINE LOCAL BENEFITS OF HYDROPOWER

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) held a press conference this afternoon in Buffalo to denounce a bill that will deprive Western New York of the benefits of low-cost power generated at the Niagara Power Project, the New York Power Authority’s largest hydropower facility.  Senate Bill 6050 was debated voted on, and passed in the State Senate at 3:00 AM on July 16.

July 23, 2009
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Senator Bill Stachowski on NYPA

Senator Stachowki spoke about the New York Power Authority's decision to defer rate increases until 2010. 

July 20, 2009
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Senator Griffo Opposes Electric Rate Hikes

Senator Griffo speaks out against New York Power Authority's plan to raise the electric rates.  He opposes the rate hike because of the negative impact it will have on jobs in the 47th district.

July 1, 2009
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Senator Griffo at Clarkson University (Part 1)

Senator Griffo and Clarkson president Tony Collins announce funding to make Clarkson's Alumni Gymnasium more energy efficient.

July 1, 2009
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Senate Passes Power For Jobs Program Provides Businesses Low Cost Power To Protect Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs

(Albany, NY) – Yesterday, the New York State Senate, led by President and Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson, passed legislation extending the Power for Jobs program which provides low cost power to businesses and non-profits across the state. If the program was not extended, New York faced the potential loss of over 250,000 jobs. 

June 24, 2009
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Energy Chair Aubertine Calls New Reactor in Oswego a Priority

Aubertine: UniStar project would stimulate economy without government investment

OSWEGO (June 10, 2009)—Continuing the work he was elected to do, state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today pledged his unwavering support to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a proposed fourth nuclear reactor in Oswego, calling it an economic stimulus for the region that requires no taxpayer funding.

June 10, 2009
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Aubertine Named Chair of Energy Committee

ALBANY (May 11, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today was selected by Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith to serve as acting Chair of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications.

May 11, 2009
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