Issues: Telecommunications

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Times Union: Open Internet access imperative

By Martin Malave Dilan, CommentaryThe Federal Communications Commission is struggling to reach an agreement on if, and how much your Internet access provider can limit your access to online content and what content it can limit. In a nutshell, that's the Net Neutrality debate. And the FCC has opened that debate as it weighs the merger America's top two broadband Internet service providers.I proffer the following: There is no acceptable business model for the control over access to information; and there is no acceptable policy with regards to who deems, or what they deem, as "commercially acceptable" or "preferential" regarding information and access to it.

October 1, 2014
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Energy chair pushes Cuomo on Finger Lakes propane storage

By Scott Waldman 3:13 p.m. | Jul. 1, 2014 - Capital NY

 

ALBANY—The chair of the State Senate's energy committee is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make a decision on propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes after five years of delay.

July 1, 2014
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Senators to NYPA: Get back to the table

State Senators Patty Ritchie, Joe Griffo and George Maziarz, the Chair ofthe State Senate’s Energy Committee,  today joined together to call on the

June 30, 2014
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Sen. Maziarz to PSC: Return Ratepayer Money Immediately

Senator George Maziarz (R-I-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, expressed outrage and disbelief at the revelations from yesterday’s meeting of the Public Service Commission (PSC) suggesting that the commission has failed to properly monitor the collection of taxes from the onerous 18-a surcharge, allowing ratepayers to be overcharged by $250 million.

June 13, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair  10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 709 LOB

May 28, 10:00 AM - 10:04 AM
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Miner, Maffei call for more broadband access for Syracuse

by Eric Reinhardt

Date: 5/16/2014 at 15:56:2

SYRACUSE — A new local coalition will advocate for more broadband-Internet access for Syracuse.

The coalition, the Alliance for Reliable, Competitive High speed Internet (ARCH), will include community members, elected leaders, and business owners.

That’s according to a joint news release from the offices of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and U.S. Representative Daniel Maffei (D–DeWitt).

Miner, Maffei, New York State Senator David Valesky (D–Oneida) made the announcement this morning at Syracuse City Hall.

May 22, 2014
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National Fuel customers in WNY to enjoy rate freeze

Today the Public Service Commission approved a joint proposal that includes a rate freeze for Western New York customers of the National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation starting immediately through September 30, 2015. The customer-friendly joint proposal also requires the utility to refund $5.5 million to customers and provide $2 million to fund home-weatherization projects and a furnace replacement program for low-income customers in the Buffalo region.

May 8, 2014
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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, April 29, 2014 Room 709 LOB

April 29, 1:30 PM - 1:38 PM
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OP-ED FROM SENATOR MAZIARZ: What can you do to lower utility bill? Consider an ESCO.

While this bitter winter is hopefully behind us, there is no doubt that one of its most harmful effects still lingers—high energy bills.

April 8, 2014
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Senator Maziarz meets with Thurman Thomas and others to discuss solar energy

Senator George Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, met this morning in his district office with Thurman Thomas, John Mariacher, and Stephen Lynch about some exciting solar energy projects in the works.  The Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back has a real interest in helping people lower their bills and promoting renewable resources.  We look forward to good things to come and great partnerships!

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, February 27, 2014  Room 709 LOB

February 27, 9:30 AM - 9:34 AM
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Joint statement from Senator Maziarz and IBEW Local 97 President Ted Skerpon on transmission system upgrades

Starting with the New York State Transmission and Reliability Study (STARS) that identified significant bottlenecks in our transmission infrastructure back in 2010, policymakers and the public alike have become very aware of the significant and persistent problems that an aging and inefficient transmission system has created.  Make no mistake—these negative consequences affect each and every New Yorker.  

February 20, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair  12 Noon, Monday, February 10, 2014  Room 711A LOB

February 10, 12:00 PM - 12:26 PM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Room 709 LOB 

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING

January 28, 9:30 AM - 9:41 AM
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Power line upgrades must move forward, Senator Maziarz says

People use electricity in their homes and businesses every day and, since electrical power has been available to most of us for our entire lives, we also tend to take it for granted. Most people only think about the energy that powers their home once a month when they pay their utility bills, and in that case their typical question is, “why is my bill so high?”

January 22, 2014
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Yes, Governor Cuomo, let's end the 18-a utility tax ASAP

Statement from Senator George Maziarz:  "Putting an end to the 18-a utility surcharge cannot come quickly enough.  I have been banging this drum louder than anyone else since 2009 when this tax was foolishly created to support bloated state spending.

January 7, 2014
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Maziarz bill to audit relicensing beneficiaries becomes law

Governor Cuomo has signed into law Senate Bill 4948A, which directs the New York Power Authority to conduct audits of entities that receive power allocations or monetary payments associated with the federal relicensing agreement.  All beneficiaries of power or money associate with these agreements are required to fully cooperate and once the audit is complete, NYPA is then required to report their finding to the Governor and Legislature.

December 19, 2013
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PSC puts Maziarz bill into practice

On May 29, 2013 the Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Maziarz, that exempts electric car charging stations from being regulated as an electric corporation by the PSC. This legislation however was not passed by the Assembly. Last week, the PSC announced that it does not have jurisdiction over these publicly available stations, putting into practice the previously passed Senate legislation.

November 25, 2013
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