Issues: Energy

Powering New York's Future

Hearings Bring Businesses & Public to the Table with Lawmakers to Reshape State’s Energy and Economic Development Strategy

September 21, 2009
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BONACIC URGES FEDS TO FORCE CITY TO MOVE FASTER ON HYDRO PLANT

September 17, 2009:  State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) has filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in opposition to the City of New York’s plan to use what is known as the “Traditional Licensing Process” to try and obtain a license for the City’s use of their reservoirs for hydropower.

September 17, 2009
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Senator Morahan speaks with Senator Aubertine about legislation to bring Green Jobs to NY

This past week the Senate passed the Green Jobs / Green NY bill, a measure that will create thousands of jobs across the state and help hundreds of thousands of families and businesses from Montauk to Buffalo save up to a billion dollars annually in energy costs.

September 14, 2009
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Green Jobs, Green Homes, Green New York

What if you could create fourteen thousand new jobs, and save New Yorkers one billion dollars on energy bills at the same time, without additional cost to taxpayers?

A bill that I co-sponsored and which passed in the State Senate last week will do just that.

The Green Jobs/Green New York initiative will get to the heart of two of Central New York’s biggest issues—the availability of permanent, skilled jobs and high energy costs.

September 11, 2009
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Aubertine Secures Bi-Partisan Support for Green Jobs/Green NY Act

 

Legislation for job creation, weatherization passes with broad support despite partisan rhetoric

September 11, 2009
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Program to Create 14,000 Green Jobs, Reduce Consumers’ Energy Costs Passes Senate

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)—Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today praised the passage of comprehensive economic development legislation that he co-sponsored, the Green Jobs/Green New York program, which will create 14,000 jobs and save New Yorkers $1 billion on their energy bills.

September 11, 2009
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SENATE PASSES GREEN JOBS/ GREEN NY ACT

 

Job creation program pays for itself through energy savings and revitalization of economically distressed communities

September 10, 2009
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Senate Passes Green Jobs/ Green New York Initiative

Job creation program pays for itself through energy savings and revitalization of economically distressed communities

September 9, 2009
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Green Jobs/Green NY to Help Get Economy Back on Track

 

Aubertine: Act to promote energy conservation will create 5,000 to 15,000 new jobs

Environment, homeowners, businesses and Upstate NY to benefit from retrofitting program

September 9, 2009
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September 9, 2009
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New Law Will Give Communities Voices

NYRI. Those four letters will forever evoke feelings of anger and frustration throughout communities in Madison and Oneida counties. Though the upside of the NYRI fight and subsequent victory was the successful coalescence of residents to fight for their homes and communities, none of us want to be forced to go through that battle again.

September 1, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Supports LIPA Efforts To Help Seniors

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with the Long Island Power Authority to help Long Island reduce their utility costs through a new program the organization is offering.   

September 1, 2009
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Valesky-sponsored new law will help communities fight future projects like NYRI

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—To help prevent projects like New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) that could decimate Upstate communities against the will of local people, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome) sponsored legislation signed into law this week that will make financial resources available to communities to make their voices heard.

 The legislation (S1599) resulted from the community outcry and subsequent defeat of the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) project in Oneida and Madison Counties.

September 1, 2009
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Major Economic Development Initiative Is One of Seven Valesky Bills Signed into Law This Week

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Businesses that have found it difficult to navigate state regulations or find available funding will now have a place to go for help, thanks to one of seven bills sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that were signed into law yesterday.

The legislation (S3076) creates regional “one-stop” economic development centers where business owners can learn about state programs that benefit their businesses and receive help in navigating sometimes complicated federal, state and local regulations, including licensing and permitting.

August 27, 2009
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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 12, 2009
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