Issues: Telecommunications

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON 315 AREA CODE

I am disappointed to hear the news that the Public Service Commission decided to recommend an “overlay,” which would require people to dial 10 digits to make a call—even to other 315 numbers. 

From business owners to family members concerned about how their elderly relatives would adjust, throughout the past month, I heard from hundreds of constituents who didn’t want the change. 

July 16, 2015
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Griffo asks PSC to postpone any decision changing 315 area code

UTICA – State Senator Joseph Griffo this week is calling upon the New York State Public Service Commission to postpone any decision to alter the existing 315 area code.

As the Public Service Commission (PSC) prepares to meet Thursday to discuss ways to increase the number of additional phone numbers available in the 315 area code region, Griffo has sent a letter to PSC Commissioner Audrey Zibelman asking the Commission to further explore other potential solutions before taking any action.

July 15, 2015
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HOLD THE LINE! SENATOR RITCHIE CALLS CONSTITUENTS TO SPEAK OUT ON LATEST PLAN TO SPLIT 315 AREA CODE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling out to residents of Central and Northern New York to be heard on the latest effort by state regulators to create a new area code for parts of the region now covered by 315. Senator Ritchie has created an online survey and comment form on her website to measure her constituents’ support for various plans that have been floated by the state Public Service Commission, which says the region could run out of available phone numbers in 2017.

June 19, 2015
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Griffo’s legislation would give municipalities greater leverage to purchase streetlights from electric companies

ALBANY – The New York State Legislature this week passed a bill authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would give municipalities greater leverage in purchasing streetlights from a utility company and making them more energy efficient.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

As municipalities across the state look to save money by utilizing more energy efficient technology, Griffo’s legislation could have significant implications for many communities across the state, including Utica, Rome and Watertown.

June 19, 2015
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SQUADRON, ROZIC, CHIN ANNOUNCE FCC AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE VERIZON LIFELINE PROGRAM

Elected Officials Continue Push for Access to Multilingual Services and Better Customer Service

 NEW YORK – After urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau to revise Verizon’s Lifeline program to include multilingual notices and inform subscribers of recertification and service changes, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, and Council Member Margaret Chin announced that the FCC has agreed to change the recertification process, improve the program, and better serve those with limited English proficiency.

June 15, 2015
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”

 

June 10, 2015
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS F.B.I. EXPERT ABOUT POTENTIAL VULNERABILITIES OF AIRCRAFT OPERATING SYSTEMS DURING SENATE CYBER SECURITY HEARING

Joint Hearing Focuses on Steps New York State Can Take To ImproveCyber Security and Combat Cyber TerrorismQueens, NY (June 9, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently participated in an Albany hearing that was called to examine strategies New York State might undertake to better protect sensitive state computer information from cyber attacks and the potential misuse of this data.   Noting that he represents a Senate district that is adjacent to JFK airport and close to LaGuardia, Addabbo also took the opportunity at the hearing to question expert witnesses about the potential for cyber criminals to hack into aircraft operating systems.

June 9, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Room 124 CAP

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME, DATE, AND LOCATION OF MEETING. THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION.

June 3, 11:45 AM - 11:53 AM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 611 LOB

May 28, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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SENATORS GRIFFO, DeFRANCISCO CONDUCT SENATE HEARING TO QUESTION ENERGY OFFICIALS

ALBANY – State senators Joseph Griffo and John DeFrancisco are urging the Governor’s energy policy makers and regulators to seriously consider the concerns of private sector businesses, clean and renewable energy generation developers and labor interests as the State moves forward with its energy sector modernization initiatives.

May 20, 2015
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Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo
and Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John DeFrancisco
Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Contact: Anne Tarpinian (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Rocco LaDucca (315) 793-9072
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo
and Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John DeFrancisco
Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Contact: Anne Tarpinian (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Rocco LaDucca (315) 793-9072
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: (NYISO) New York Independent System Operator

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph A. Griffo
Legislative Forum: (NYISO) New York Independent System Operator
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M - 12: 00 P.M
Contact: Geraldine Purcell (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Senate Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair  1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 28, 2015  Room 611 LOB

April 28, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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Senate Passes Bill to Create a New iCenter to Promote Innovative and Effective State Technology

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help save money and encourage public-private partnerships by increasing the effectiveness of state government technology.

April 23, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Room 611 LOB

March 3, 1:30 PM - 1:36 PM
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Senate Passes Legislation Targeting Cyber Terrorism

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances.

February 25, 2015
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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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