Issues: Energy

SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST NUCLEAR PLANT SECURITY

Security at Oswego County Plants Would Gain Police Powers

June 13, 2012
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MEET NYPA'S NEW 'CHAIRMAN,' JOHN KOELMEL

Buffalo's John Koelmel was confirmed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Power Authority, and is expected to be shortly named Chairman of the nation's largest public power company.

Koelmel, who is the CEO of the First Niagara Bank, discusses his experience and vision for NYPA during a nomination hearing Tuesday before the Senate's Energy Committee.

Senator Patty Ritchie, who is a member of that committee, spoke to Koelmel, and urged him to focus on the North Country and NYPA's role in helping to support local business and grow the region's economy.

June 6, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Blasts Thruway Authority's Plan To Hike Tolls On Truckers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

June 1, 2012
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RITCHIE ON NEW ENERGY PLANT SITING LAW: LISTEN TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Senator Patty Ritchie has written to the state Public Service Commission to urge that the views of local communities be taken in account when choosing wher eto site major electric generating facilities, including wind.
A copy of Senator Ritchie's letter to the PSC can be viewed by clicking here.

June 1, 2012
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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, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Room 709 LOB

June 5, 1:30 PM - 1:51 PM
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SENATE PASSES “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

 The New York State Senate today passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive. 

May 30, 2012
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ADDABBO, AVELLA MEET ANTI-FRACKING ACTIVIST/ACTOR MARK RUFFALO IN ALBANY

Queens, NY, May 29, 2012 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (at right), and State Senator Tony Avella (middle) share a moment with actor and activist Mark Ruf...falo (at left) to discuss the issue of hydrofracking, the controversial process of drilling for natural gas upstate using water and chemicals. All three have voiced their opposition to the process. Ruffalo currently plays the role of the Hulk in the megahit summer blockbuster movie, The Avengers. Follow Senator Addabbo online at http://addabbo@nysenate.gov or on Facebook at 'Senator Joe Addabbo'.# # #-- Judy Close, Press SecretaryNYS Senator Joseph P.

May 30, 2012
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SENATE UNVEILS “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and members of the Senate Republican Conference today continued their strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.

The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.

May 23, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR RANZENHOFER ANNOUNCE FIRST ROUND OF POWER ALLOCATIONS FOR RECHARGE NEW YORK PROGRAM

Low cost power will help create or retain more than 23,500 jobs in Western New York

Albany, N.Y. – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced that 64 businesses and not-for-profit organizations across Western New York will be awarded the first round of low cost power allocations under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments by making low cost power available to New York State companies.

May 22, 2012
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Press Conference: SENATOR MAZIARZ ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO SHORT CIRCUIT FOREIGN TRANSMISSION LINE

Extension Cord from Canada is bad for ratepayers, workers, generators and our energy future

At a press conference this morning, Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) joined fellow State Senators, union members, power generators and business groups in order to draw attention to the negative impacts of a proposed underwater transmission line from Canada and announce legislation prohibiting the use of eminent domain by an electric corporation (or affiliate) that seeks to build a transmission line that originates outside of the United States to an ending point within the United States.

May 15, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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5/18/12 - Senator Saland attends today's press conference at Northwind Farms.

5/18/12 - Senator Saland attends today's press conference at Northwinds Farm.  Left to right:  Ben Traudt, Dutchess County legislator; David Bryne, Hudson Solar; Senator Steve Saland; County Executive Marc Molinaro; Rich Biezynski and Russell Biezynski, Northwind Farms; Art Collins, Dutchess Land Conservancy; Seth McKee, Scenic Hudson, with newly installed 28 KW solar array in background.

May 18, 2012
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Cut the Cord!

Sign our petition to stop the importation of foreign power that threatens Western New York jobs

May 16, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS BIPARTISAN COALITION TO SUPPORT UPSTATE JOBS

Leads Call for Transmission Upgrades Over New "Champlain Express"

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining forces with a bipartisan coalition of Upstate lawmakers to push for upgrades to the state’s power transmission system over plans for a new underwater cable that will speed energy from Canada directly to New York City—without stopping to support domestic jobs.

May 15, 2012
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Coalition forms to support Astoria energy plant’s bid to repower

The New York Daily News reports that community leaders and residents are pushing to have an Astoria power plant replace old polluting equipment with newer cleaner technology.

A coalition of community leaders and residents is pushing the state to support an Astoria power plant in its quest to replace its decades-old, dirty generators with newer, cleaner ones.

 

Smart Power NY was created to support NRG’s bid for a power purchasing contract, which will enable the company to fund its $1.5 billion repowering project.

 

NRG plans to submit a proposal to the state by May 30.

 

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who has bemoaned the high asthma rates in the area, said this is a “win-win.”

May 9, 2012
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Gianaris And Bryant H.S. Youth Activists Celebrate Earth Day

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference at Bryant High School, where Senator Gianaris met with students to talk about energy, climate change, and environmental policy.

A group of Global Kids Leaders at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in LIC met with state Senator Michael Gianaris on April 23, for a forum to celebrate Earth Day and explore how young people can improve environmental conditions in Queens.

Gianaris imparted strategies to the student leaders on influencing public policy to improve air quality and energy efficiency in Western Queens.

May 4, 2012
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Oppenheimer and Democratic Colleagues Call for Investigation into Potential Harms of Hydrofracking

On April 25, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Democratic Conference hosted a public forum on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydrofracking.”  A capacity crowd attended the forum, including environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State.  Attendees at the forum discussed issues and potential health care concerns about hydrofracking, a form of natural gas drilling.

April 30, 2012
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Oppenheimer and Democratic Colleagues Call for Investigation into Potential Harms of Hydrofracking

On April 25, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Democratic Conference hosted a public forum on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydrofracking.”  A capacity crowd attended the forum, including environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State.  Attendees at the forum discussed issues and potential health care concerns about hydrofracking, a form of natural gas drilling.

April 30, 2012
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LOW-COST ENERGY AWARDS TO PROTECT 7,000 LOCAL JOBS

Power Contracts are First Under New “ReCharge NY” Program

April 25, 2012
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