Issues: Telecommunications

Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Room 709 LOB

February 14, 1:30 PM - 1:34 PM
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RITCHIE WANTS HEARING ON TV BLACKOUTS

Frustrated Viewers Pay While Contract Fights FesterState Senator Patty Ritchie is calling for a public hearing into the growing incidences of TV blackouts--like the ongoing disputes that have yanked New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres hockey games, and popular programs like "Bachelor" and "Grey’s Anatomy" off some local airwaves--saying consumers are being denied services they are paying for.Senator Ritchie has written to the Chair of the Senate’s Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Niagara Falls-area Sen. George D.

January 18, 2012
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TV 'BLACKOUT' COVERAGE

Watch Ch. 5's Jim Kenyon report on my call for a public hearing into recent TV "blackouts" that are denying viewers access to sports and other programming. You can read more about my efforts here.

January 17, 2012
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January 15, 2012
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Thurman could be site of high-tech tryout

JON ALEXANDER - jalexander@poststar.com | Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 5:41 pm

THURMAN -- The town could be at the cutting edge of a broadband revolution in a matter of months, and become a proving ground for the future of rural Internet access.

January 13, 2012
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Iran Divestment Act approved in State Legislature

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) praised legislation (S.5917-A) approved in Albany yesterday that would prohibit companies doing $20 million or more in business with Iran’s energy industry from entering or renewing state or local government contracts in New York.

As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Senator Maziarz co-sponsored the “Iran Divestment Act of 2012” and advocated strongly for its passage.

January 10, 2012
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Senate confirms Gil Quiniones to lead New York Power Authority

Today the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Gil Quiniones to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority.

January 9, 2012
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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, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 9, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
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OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL UNVEILS YEAR-END REVIEW

Review Cites Progress For New York On Taxpayer Protection, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Public Integrity, Civil Rights & Environmental Protection

The Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued an end-of-the-year review detailing many of its accomplishments in areas including public safety, economic justice, taxpayer protection, public integrity, civil rights and environmental protection.

December 29, 2011
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HEAP applications accepted beginning November 16

HEAP is a federally funded program that provides heating benefits to supplement a household's annual energy cost. HEAP also provides emergency assistance for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP assists with furnace repairs and/or replacements for households with inoperable heating equipment.

Visit http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/apply/ for more information.

November 14, 2011
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Businesses can apply for ReCharge NY benefits until end of November

The deadine to apply for the ReCharge New York Power Program is 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.  Up to 100 megawatts will be awarded to small businesses and not-for-profits in the competitive process, for delivery beginning in July 2012.

Visit https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/ for more details.

November 14, 2011
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Officials say cell service improving in Washington County, Adirondacks

By JAMIE MUNKS -- jmunks@poststar.com | Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 4:03 pm

Washington County and parts of the Adirondack Park are getting better connected.

Officials say cellular service and increased broadband connectivity in areas where they've been lacking are vital to economic development, safety, education and quality of life in the region. And state Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, plans to keep fighting for more coverage.

October 31, 2011
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AT&T expands Adirondack Park cell network

October 28, 2011

Adirondack Daily Enterprise

October 31, 2011
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AT&T OUTLINES NETWORK, COMMUNITY SUPPORT IN ADIRONDACK PARK

Eight New Cell Sites Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment,

AT&T Contributes $5,000.00 to benefit Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company

 

October 31, 2011
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Touring energy facilities in Canada

Senator George Maziarz recently joined a delegation of policy leaders from northeastern states in a tour of Hydro Quebec's hydropower facilities in northern Quebec.

October 27, 2011
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Grand post office spared

The Queens Campaigner wrote on the recent saving of the Grand Station Post Office from the risk of being closed down. As the United States Postal Service veers on the danger of going postal, concerned residents voiced their need for this valuable community resource. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials played a critical part in responding to these concerns, and will continue to as four other post offices' state is still up in the air

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service said that while Astoria’s Grand station has been saved from the chopping block, four other post offices in Queens are still up for study.

October 27, 2011
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Astoria post office spared closure

The Queens Chronicle wrote on elected officials' success in allowing for the Grand Station post office in Astoria to remain open. Senator Gianaris, after hearing many concerned residents' reactions to the proposed closing of the post office, joined forces with Congresswoman Maloney, Assemblywoman Simotas, and Councilman Vallone to keep this important service open for all residents.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and a representative of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Wednesday that the Grand Station post office in Astoria will not be closed.

October 27, 2011
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AT&T Announces Launch Of Free Wi-Fi Service In City Parks

The Queens Gazette reported on AT&T's expansion of free access to their Wi-Fi service in several new parks in New York, including Astoria Park. Senator Gianaris is thrilled that many Western Queens resident will be able to have such access from Astoria Park, as we continue to stay connected in this digital age.

October 27, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS INSTALLATION OF FREE WI-FI IN ASTORIA PARK

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is pleased to welcome the installation of free Wi-Fi in Astoria Park, one of five New York City park locations offering free wireless service, provided by AT&T and the City of New York. The addition of this new digital network will allow western Queens residents to enjoy the outdoors while browsing the Internet without extra charges to their cell phone or cable bills.

October 13, 2011
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Statement from Senator George Maziarz

As a proponent of safe drilling in the Marcellus Shale, I’m very encouraged by the draft SGEIS study released today.

September 8, 2011
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