Issues: Energy

Sen. Krueger Joins Assemblymember Lifton to Call for Halt on Fracking Without Full, Public Health Review

Prompted by flaws in the regulatory process and a lack of any transparency or clear definition in the Department of Health's "health review," Sen. Krueger today joined Assemblymember Barbara Lifton and many colleagues calling on Gov. Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation to halt development of regulations permitting horizontal hydraulic fracturing ("hydrofracking") absent a full, thorough, and transparent assessment of the practice's potential effects on public health.

February 5, 2013
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Turn Out The Lights On New York's Energy Tax

 

ALBANY, 02/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced opposition to the governor’s proposed extension of a utility tax surcharge which would cost businesses and homeowners almost $3 billion over the next five-years.

“I voted against this hidden fee when it was first adopted several years ago, called for its repeal,  and don’t want to see it imposed on rate payers a day longer than planned,” said Senator Seward.  “New York’s utility rates are among the highest in the nation, and if we are truly going to be open for business, we need to take meaningful steps to lower those costs.”

February 5, 2013
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GALLIVAN URGES GOVERNOR TO NIX UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE EXTENSION FROM BUDGET

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

“Extending this surcharge will cost ratepayers almost $3 billion. Small businesses, working families and seniors, all struggling to keep up with high energy costs, cannot afford this burdensome utility tax any longer,” said Senator Gallivan. “Allowing the 18-a assessment surcharge to expire will also help to create jobs and make New York more economically competitive.”

February 5, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference, including Senator Maziarz were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.

February 5, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues to Cuomo: You said no new taxes, so pull the plug on this proposal

Albany, N.Y., February 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, is joining his Senate Republican colleagues in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a five-year extension of a “staggering” energy tax first imposed on New Yorkers in 2009.

February 5, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, February 4, 2013 Room 123 Cap 

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE TIME AND LOCATION OF MEETING

February 4, 1:30 PM - 1:37 PM
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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Kennedy Remains Top Ranking Democrat on Economic Development Committee, Earns Place on Finance Committee

Assignments to important committee posts follow Leader Stewart-Cousins move to make Kennedy a part of her leadership team. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session. Kennedy will retain his position as the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. He also earned a post on the Senate Finance Committee, which will give the Senator a larger influence on legislation that carries fiscal implications for the state.

January 22, 2013
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Senator Maziarz Reacts to State of the State Address

"First I want to again thank the constituents of the 62nd District for allowing me the opportunity to serve them again this year in the New York State Senate.  Last year, under the leadership of the Senate Majority and of Governor Andrew Cuomo, we accomplished a great deal, including an early budget, enacted property tax caps and reduced tax rates on the middle class.  While last year was a success, there is still a great deal to be done to keep this State moving in the right direction.

January 10, 2013
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State to dismantle one of city’s dirtiest former power plants

NY Daily News wrote about the demolishment of the Charles Poletti Power Project, one of the bigeest poluters in New York. The facility started producing electricity in 1977 and was shuttered in 2010, after a law suit and years of opposition

One of the city’s dirtiest former power plants is being razed to the ground, ensuring that it cannot be resurrected to once again pollute the air in northwestern Queens.

The Charles Poletti Power Project, located off 20th Ave. in Astoria, is to be dismantled in early 2013, elected officials said Tuesday.

The facility, which began operation in 1977, was shuttered in 2010 following a lawsuit and years of sustained community opposition.

December 21, 2012
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Job Creation Projects In 51st Senate District Net $21 Million

ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward.  “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON TEARING DOWN ASTORIA’S CHARLES POLETTI POWER PLANT

 

NEW YORK STATE SENATE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS

 

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON TEARING DOWN

ASTORIA’S CHARLES POLETTI POWER PLANT

 

December 17, 2012
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Important Information about Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

The USDA has approved New York State's proposal on a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) initiative in New York City's most devastated areas (please see the below for specific information). The initiative has a limited duration of seven days and New York City Human Resources Administration began the application process on December 12, and will end on December 18, 2012.

What is D-SNAP?

December 13, 2012
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Department of Environmental Conservation opens new public comment period on revised Marcellus Shale regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program -- including the latest public comment period opening today and continuing through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013.

Find more information, including how to submit comments on the revised regulations, HERE.

Read more in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

December 12, 2012
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Legal Assistance for Those Affected by Superstorm Sandy

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy,  the New York State Bar Association has been working with local bar associations throughout the affected area to coordinate relief efforts. The Bar Association held a free continuing legal education program focusing on disaster recovery issues, and a webcast of that event and the educational materials that accompanied it are available online at www.nysba.org/superstormsandyfreeclelink. Information about these and other storm relief efforts and recovery resources is available at www.nysba.org/sandy.

November 28, 2012
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Federal Family and Partners Continue to Support States Impacted by Sandy - More Than $411 Million in Individual Assistance Approved for Disaster Survivors

WASHINGTON -- At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to lead the federal government's effort to provide assistance and support to states affected by Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, and tribal communities in affected areas. The Administration's top priority remains supporting states, tribes and communities, as response efforts continue.

November 14, 2012
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