Issues: Energy

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 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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