Issues: Going Green

Sen. Foley Helps Pass Crucial Legislation to Expand Clean Energy Credits

"Net metering" expansion to reduce energy costs, increase use of green energy

February 24, 2010

Senator Antoine Thompson, Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee Acts to Create Green Jobs

For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Heather Zeisz | | 716.854.8705


(Albany-NY)Yesterday, the New York State Senate passed an environmental package that promotes the use of clean energy, creates green jobs, empowers property owners to upgrade to energy efficient gas systems and protects New Yorkers from environmental discrimination.

February 23, 2010

Legislative Wrap Up February 22, 2010: Senate Passes Environmental Protection Package, Support For Wine & Grape Industry

The New York State Senate passed more than a dozen pieces of legislation today, including an environmental protection package, a bill to support the state’s wine and grape industry, and legislation which protects homeowners by guaranteeing a record of receipt for applicants of the STAR exemption.

February 22, 2010

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Antoine Thompson, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Room 901 LOB

February 23, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Powering New York's Future

“Powering New York’s Future”  is an initiative by the Legislature to develop a long term approach to using low cost power to create and sustain jobs.  In the coming weeks, the Legislature is conducting a series of hearings and roundtables focusing upon the use of low cost power for economic development purposes.

February 10, 2010
February 2, 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Senator Flanagan and Town Officials Join With Local Retailer To Unveil Alternative Fuel Access

To make it more convenient for those who make the environmentally-friendly decision to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Smithtown Council Members Thomas McCarthy and Kevin Malloy recently joined with St.

January 27, 2010

How CNY landed an electric car plant

How CNY landed an electric car plant
By Mark Weiner / The Post-Standard
October 23, 2009, 6:45AM

January 7, 2010

Senator Thompson Hosts Green Jobs-Green NY Session

For Immediate Release: January 4, 2010Contact: Heather Zeisz | | 716.854.8705

January 5, 2010

CNY is Solidified as a Green Hub

For many years, Central New York has been building a national reputation as a hub of green technology and has been promoting itself as a potential home for jobs in green industries.  That promise and potential got a major boost in recent days as an effort I have been working on to attract one of the first electric car manufacturers in the country bore fruit.

October 27, 2009

Electric Car Manufacturer Selects CNY: Senators Smith and Valesky Provide Critical Financing to Attract Jobs and Economic Growth

(SYRACUSE, NY) - Bannon Automotive, LLC, today announced that it has selected Central New York as a manufacturing site for its affordable plug-in electric vehicle which is based on technology developed in the U.S.

October 23, 2009

Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse

Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse By KATE GALBRAITH

New York State appears to be close to securing one of the nation’s first assembly plants for electric cars.

Reva, an electric car company based in Bangalore, India, plans to work with Bannon Automotive, a new electric car company in Freeport, N.Y., to assemble a three-door plug-in hatchback, the NXR, at a still-to-be-determined site near Syracuse.

October 21, 2009


Program Will Assist Low-Income and Unemployed New Yorkers Train for Green Collar Jobs

Governor Paterson Launches New Website – – to Match Job Seekers with Green Training Opportunities

October 13, 2009

Green Doesn't Mean Good

To the Editor:

 In your September 18, 2009 issue of the Central New York Business Journal you published an article announcing that the legislature passed the Green Jobs/Green New York program.  The bill redirects $112 million of NYSERDA funds to a revolving loan fund to provide resources to residents to weatherize their homes, provide energy audits and the like.

 The bill helps to make New York green and helps to create green jobs, so it must be good.  Not so fast.  I voted against the bill.  Let me tell you why.

September 28, 2009

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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